Larger iPhones? Apple rumor says two new sizes coming

Yet another rumor has cropped up on the Web suggesting that Apple has big plans for its the expected iPhone 6.

Apple will launch two iPhones later this year featuring larger screen sizes than those currently available, the South China Morning Post reported Wednesday, citing industry sources. One version will come in at 4.7 inches, while the other will feature a 5.5-inch display. Both products will launch in September, the report claims.

In addition to talking screen size, the report claimed that the iPhone 6's display would be made entirely of sapphire -- the same material used by Apple to cover its camera lens and TouchID button.

As yet, there has been no official word from Apple about what's in store for the smartphone design that will follow on from the current high-end model, the iPhone 5S. It's also worth noting that the South China Morning Post is not known as a breaking news outlet, which means its report should be handled with some skepticism.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple has plans to boost its screen size and use sapphire in the next version of the iPhone. The current models top out at 4 inches, making them markedly smaller than competing Android devices, like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Exactly what screen size the devices will offer, however, has been the subject of some debate. Some reports have suggested that the screens will measure 4.5 inches and 5 inches and not anything larger. Others have said that the screens will come in at 4.8 inches and 6 inches, respectively.

For its part, Apple has, of course, ignored any chance to set the record straight, which means we'll have to wait until later this year to find out exactly what the company has planned.

This article originally appeared on CNET under the headline "Apple's iPhone 6 to sport 4.7-, 5.5-inch screens, report says."


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