Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Apple plans largest iPhone ever and a cheaper alternative, report says

Apple plans largest iPhone ever and a cheaper alternative, report says

Get ready for Apple to launch the 'largest iPhone ever'.

In order to compete with more budget-friendly smartphones on the market, Apple will reportedly also introduce a cheaper iPhone later this year.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Cupertino-based giant is gearing up to launch a 6.5-inch model, its largest iPhone ever, in order to give a stiff competition to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is out with a new report, citing Apple's plans to release three new iPhone models in 2018, providing new details on what to expect from each model. Like the first iPhone X, it won't include a home button and will have an edge-to-edge display, sans bezels. The company is also exploring an option to add dual-SIM connectivity option to the larger iPhone, which is an important feature in Europe and Asian markets.

The handsets are expected include features from the iPhone X including Face ID scanner, stainless steel edges and run on the A12 processor.

The report further shed lights on the fact that the upcoming iPhone will come with the same design as that of the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. But with Apple still struggling in China, it needs to sell the sizzles while keeping the price below $1,000. It, too, will use OLED technology and could include a resolution of 2688 x 1242 (at least that's what Apple's now testing).

Analyst Daniel Ives told The Sun that Apple may also be looking to target more customers in Asia, and particularly in China, where larger phones are just as popular as their regular-sized counterparts. That last model, which is now being referred to as the "iPhone X Plus" (no, it won't really be called the iPhone X Plus), is definitely the one people are looking forward to most, and we may have just gotten our first taste in a new leak.

Apple is also planning a new version of the current iPhone X model. Apple has not made a final decision and might opt for E-SIM technology instead.

"It's good that they're rounding out the product line" with a less expensive phone, Munster says.

Apple has tried selling cheaper phones in the past with poor results.

Would a 6.5-inch iPhone bring you back to Apple smartphones?

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