Ahh, Apple rumors. One tiny leak from the factory floor, or some creative work inside Photoshop with an existing product and the community of Mac users and Apple fans go wild.
A rumor of a larger iPhone, however, is one I would believe. Apple has kept screens pretty much the same since the introduction of the original iPhone with a 3.5" diagonal screen. They upped resolutions along the way with the Retina Display which jammed more pixels into the same sized display. Then in 2012 they added an extra bit of screen real estate, a .5", with the iPhone 5.
But along the way the competition has heated up. Android's operating system has caught up in terms of functionality and found a home on dozens of different smart devices– all of which have gotten bigger than the iPhone. Those larger screens are popular for a simple reason: photos and video. And as our phones get faster connections, streaming video is becoming even more desired.
What should we expect from Apple in an iPhone 6? Rumor says there will be a 4.5-inch and 5-inch screen which puts them in the same league as the competition. I'm sure they'll also throw in a new, thinner design and change up some of the functionality. And of course, the usual upgrades of an increase in camera resolution on the front-facing and rear cameras and the speed of the internal processor to make the phone work quicker.
How will an iPhone 6 stack up against the current offerings of Android devices? Here's the simple specs:
Samsung's Galaxy S 4 has a 5-inch Full HD (441 pixels per inch) display which is bright, colorful and great for watching video and looking at pictures you've snapped.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, packs a whopping 5.7" Full HD display into the smart phone (it's the same resolution as the Galaxy S4 it just has a larger screen). Again, it's a great size for watching videos.
LG is also packing more pixels in their Android smart phones. The G2 has a stunning 5.2-inch display, also full HD but with 423 pixels per inch. The more pixels, the clearer the image is.
The Nexus 5 from Google is also jamming in more. The screen clocks in just under 5-inches at 4.95-inches but has 445 pixels per inch. The screen is bright, clear and impressive for watching video.
If phones get much bigger, we may be less inclined to keep them with us at all times since they won't easily tuck-away into a pocket or purse so there is clearly a limit to how big our phone screens will get.