According to Reuters, Apple has been experimenting with different form factors, colours, and cheaper versions of its iPhone product, following the path lead by rival manufacturer Samsung.
Apple, once the ruler of the smartphone market, has fallen behind Samsung in recent times as the world’s premier seller of smartphones. Samsung has overtaken Apple market share wise, in part due to its wide range of phones, which differ in size and prices.
According to the report, Apple is looking at introducing two new bigger iPhones next year, one with a 4.7-inch and the other 5.7-inch screen, to complement their existing 4-inch offering. This would allow Apple to directly challenge Samsung’s dominant Galaxy S4, with its 5-inch screen, and the Note 2, which has a 5.5 inch screen, both of which have taken the market by storm.
Furthermore, Reuters believe Apple will also introduce a cheaper iPhone, which will arrive in a range of different colours and will retail at around $99. The introduction of a cheaper iPhone will allow the company to incur increased growth in markets like India and China.
Although Reuters states it received the same report from four different sources, one stated on the matter:
“They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you’re not really sure whether this is the final prototype”
As such, it is unclear whether Apple will release larger versions of the iPhone, even if this rumour proves to be true. Rumours regarding different sizes of iPhone have been flying around for a while now, so it would be wise to take this new one with a pinch of salt.