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Apple testing out larger iPhones with six-inch screens?

Apple might be experimenting with larger iPhone screens, some as big as six inches, but that doesn't mean they'll ever be shipped out and offered to the public

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Apple has begun testing larger iPhone screens, some as large as six inches, according to a report from the WSJ.

The report, which cites people familiar with the matter, suggests that Apple has begun testing screens from 4.8 to six inches in size – a significant jump up from the four-inch iPhone 5.

Apple may well be testing these different displays, but as the report is quick to note, the Cupertino company is often testing out different components and displays. In fact, the report echoes those of Apple testing out HDTV displays and a 4.8-inch iPhone display earlier on in the year.

The WSJ’s report also points to Apple’s iPod line-up as a metre-stick for success when it comes to offering a product in different sizes, but fails to mention while it might have retained market share, revenue for its iPod business dropped 31% year-on-year, according to its Q3 2013 results.

Samsung might be doing well from offering a number of products in different sizes, but we’d be cautious about making the same predictions for Apple. The WSJ suggests that the company is certainly more open to offering products in different sizes, but whether that actually happens remains to be seen.