SAN FRANCISCO (USA TODAY) - Apple plans to launch two larger iPhones this year
and will likely avoid using the plastic exterior design of last year's
5c model which has not sold as well as expected, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
is developing an iPhone with a display larger than 4.5 inches measured
diagonally, and a second version with a screen bigger than 5 inches, the
Both new models are expected to feature metal
casings similar to what is used on the current iPhone 5s. Apple expected
to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5c, the Journal added,
citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.
phones, expected in the second half of 2014, won't include a curved
display, a feature recently introduced by rivals including Samsung
Electronics. The smaller of the two models is being prepared for mass
production, while the larger-screen version is still in preliminary
development, the WSJ reported.
Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer declined to comment.
far, Apple's largest phone has sported a 4-inch display. However,
Samsung and other rivals have made bigger phones, including so-called
phablets, that have sold well, particularly in Asia, a region where
Apple is searching for growth.
"It's been a product category
that's been missing from Apple so this is good to see," said Alex Gauna,
an analyst at JMP Securities. "I would have much rather have seen Apple
first to market with larger screen phones rather than playing catch-up.
That would have given me much more comfort."
Apple, which reports
quarterly results on Monday, has been dogged by concern about thinning
profit margins and slowing growth as a wave of cheaper smartphones
running Google's Android operating system have gained market share in
Apple tried to tackle with last year with the iPhone
5c, which was a slightly cheaper version of its main smartphone, but
with a colorful plastic case, rather than the usual, more expensive
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