WSJ: Apple to release two bigger iPhones, abandon plastic iPhone 5c design

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is planning to release two new iPhones this year, each with a display bigger than the 4-inch iPhone 5s.

From the report, which cites people familiar with the matter:

“The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches.”

This rumor isn’t anything new. We’ve been hearing about a bigger iPhone since as early as last summer. What surprises me is just how persistent the rumor continue to be.

HTC One Max size comparison

The report also mentions that both new phones will feature the same aluminum design as the iPhone 5s. Apparently Apple is planning to scrap the plastic body used for the iPhone 5c in any upcoming phone designs, which would back up rumors of weaker than expected iPhone 5c sales. Finally, the report says that the smaller of the two new phones is already being prepared for mass production, while the larger model is still in “preliminary development.”

A bigger iPhone wouldn’t surprise me. 4 inches is beginning to feel pretty small when many new phones now start at 5 inches and up. I would be surprised to see an iPhone with a screen larger than 5 inches, though. After bucking the trend for so long, I just can’t see Apple venture into full-on “phablet” territory.