It’s looking like Apple might be preparing to enter the phablet market, or at the very least be gearing up to release iPhones with larger displays. A recent report from Reuters indicates that the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is looking at introducing at least two new smartphones in 2014 with larger displays than users have seen on previous models.
While not technically a phablet, which is typically a term used for smartphones with display of 5-inches or larger, a 4.7-inch smartphone from Apple is expected to hit the market in 2014 according to the report, which cites unnamed sources from an Apple supply chain in Asia. The other rumored device supposedly sports a whopping 5.7-inch display and is also expected to be released next year.
The iPhone 5 was the first Apple smartphone to grow in display size, bumping up to a 4-inch screen from the 3.5-inch standard that had graced all iPhone models since its release in 2007. The release of iPhone models with larger displays would certainly be out of the norm for Apple, although it wouldn’t be entirely shocking considering the success companies like Samsung have found with its larger smartphones.
However, the Reuters report notes that the talks with suppliers regarding the larger screens are just preliminary and the sources in the Asian supply chain warn it’s unclear whether or not Apple will ever actually launch an iPhone with a phablet-sized display.