A usually very trustworthy analyst from KGI securities Ming-Chi Kuo in a new research report has claimed that Apple is planning to introduce an iPhone with a much larger display sometime in 2014.It is interesting to note that this report comes close on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that claimed that Apple is testing an iPhone with a massive 6 inch display!
As for Mr. Kuo, he is of the opinion that Apple’s iPhone in 2014 will sport a display that would be around 4.5 to 5 inches across. He adds that it is unlikely that Apple would opt for any display larger than 5 inches because he doesn’t see Apple wavering from its principle of easy one hand usage and a 5- inch display is pretty much the limit when it comes to smooth one handed operation.
Bending to pressure from the Android camp which now has handsets ranging from 3 inches to over 6.3 inches, Apple had to last year increase the size of the iPhone to 4 inches from 3.5 inches keeping the width of the handset same so that one handed operation remains easy. Looks like Apple will have to let go off their fixation with easy one handed usage if they are to remain competitive.
In the report, Kuo also says interesting things about the next generation iPads – especially about the display bit where he opines that Apple will switch to something known as GF2 touch technology for its tablet next year. In user end terms, this would mean that the iPad would be even more thinner.
That said, what do you think about a larger screened iPhone? Or do you really think Apple should stick to the 4 inch display that it currently has on the iPhone 5?