A fresh report from Apple’s supply chain claims the iPhone 6 will launch later this year with two screen options - 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. These are both much larger than the iPhone 5s, which measures 4 inches, and brings Apple much closer to its plus-sized rivals from Sony, HTC and Samsung.
Unnamed sources claim screen manufacturers Sharp and Japan Display are both soon to ramp up production ahead of the new iPhone, which is expected to be announced by Apple in September.
For context, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is 5.1 inches, the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z2 are both 5 inches, while so-called ‘phablets’ such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Nokia Lumia 1520 measure 5.7 inches and 6 inches respectively.
The source, speaking to Japanese news website Nikkei, claims manufacturers have already begun making other components for the new iPhones, such as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, as well as the screens.
LG Electronics is also believed to be supplying displays for the two models of iPhone 6.
According to Nikkei, the iPhone 6’s screen resolution will be “significantly higher” than that of the iPhone 5s, which measures in at 1136 x 640, compared to the 1920 x 1080 of many rival handsets.