Apple released a supersized iPad back in November, and now a report from Taiwan is claiming that the company plans to do the same with the iPhone within the next couple of years. According to the report, this so-called iPhone Pro will have a massive 5.8-inch screen, but that’s not even the most-interesting part. The report also claims that the device will have an OLED display, which aligns with previous reports that Apple will make the switch to OLED displays in the near future, but the report of a 5.8-inch iPhone should still be taken with a grain of salt, or more like several grains.
Taiwanese analysts reportedly believe Apple is about to join the mobile display size arms race, adding a yet larger display to its flagship iPhone lineup and moving to more power efficient OLED technology in the process. That seems highly unlikely — here’s why. Apple has “plans to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone featuring rigid AMOLED display panels in 2018 or even earlier in 2017,” DigiTimes believes, as noted by Motley Fool. They anticipate that as many as 50 million of those devices might move in their first year of availability. Samsung would supply the initial batch of OLED panels, the report said with other current Apple suppliers falling in line later. The Fool believes this could represent the second-generation “iPhone Pro.” Apple is rumored to have at least discussed releasing two versions of the iPhone 7 Plus — the “Pro” variant would ship with dual cameras, some believe. While it’s a virtual certainty that Apple will eventually migrate the iPhone lineup to power saving OLED, the idea that they may encroach even further into phablet territory is less than believable. This kind of move would give Apple iOS devices at no few than 7 different physical screen dimensions — 4, 4.7, 5.5, 5.8, 7.9, 9.7, and 12.9 inches.