On Monday we posted a report titled "Apple Passing on a larger iPhone Display still a Head Scratcher." We stated at that time that the "The mystery behind Apple's unwillingness to provide their fan base with a larger iPhone display option at this point in time is really a head scratcher. I can't figure it out whether there's real logic behind their madness or if it's simply a matter of arrogance and hard headiness. We understand that Apple missed out on this larger trend last year but have a harder time understanding it a year later." Our report pointed to LG's patent using a larger smartphone display as a mobile TV. Well, I guess the timing of our report was bang on. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is indeed investigating iPhones with larger displays.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting late this afternoon that Apple "has begun evaluating a plan to offer iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as 6 inches. That would be a sizable leap from the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5 released last year, and, at the upper end, would be one of the largest on the market."
They further report that "people familiar with the company's internal deliberations and plans indicate it appears more willing to move ahead than in years past. Component suppliers say Apple already began testing larger screens for iPhones in recent months. Apple has been particularly interested in recent tests for a 4.8-inch screen, these people say.
In May of this year we posted a report titled "There's a Business Case to be made for an Economical iPhone," way before there was word of an iPhone 5C. It was a strong case and one that will now play out.
The same could be said for an iPhone with a larger display as we presented on Monday. While it's still speculative, having the Wall Street Journal weigh in with their sources about a larger display for a future iPhone provides a measure of credibility to that possibility - and that's great to hear.