Apple is believed to be extending the screen size of its next iPhone model in an effort to compete with some of the larger Android and Windows Phone devices on the market such as the HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 900.
A report from the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources in reporting that the company is planning to utilise a display size of 4in with its upcoming model.
The resizing would signify a major design change for Apple, which has offered all of its previous iPhone models with a 3.5in display. The larger screen size would be comparable to those offered by competing handsets.
The report is the latest in an ongoing series of rumours and claims surrounding the next iPhone. Other planned improvements for the handset include a slimmer case profile and a 'liquid metal' back panelling.
Apple has yet to provide any confirmation on when it plans to release its next iPhone. Multiple reports, however, suggest that the new handset could be unveiled at some point in the autumn.
A new iPhone model is one of the most eagerly-anticipated devices of the year. Researchers have suggested that consumers are so eager to get the device that sales of other handsets have been impacted.
The company is also expected to provide an update for its iOS platform in the coming months. Apple has promised to give news on its plans for the mobile platform next month at its World Wide Developer Conference.
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