If you’re anything like me, and hopefully you’re not, you enjoy watching old films for the hilariously of-their-time inclusions.
You can be slap bang in the middle of an everyman story, the sort of thing that could exist at any time, then bam! Someone’s drinking a Crystal Pepsi, or shopping at a Virgin Megastore, or – and this is the big one – talking on a massive brick of a phone.
It’s a classic of the genre, when that genre is “late ‘80s film trying to give an impression of what the early ‘90s will look like”, and the sight of a phone bigger than your face is almost endearing.
Of course, the years since saw phone manufacturers make their devices smaller and smaller, thinner and thinner… but now the tide has very much turned back in the other direction.
Recent iterations of the iPhone have been bigger than their predecessors, leading to literally minutes of adjusting to the slightly different size whenever you upgrade, but the next change could be far more pronounced.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is on course to unveil its ‘largest ever’ iPhone, and the device won’t be a whole lot smaller than the company’s smallest tablet.
It will reportedly have a 6.5-inch screen, which would make it 12% larger than the iPhone X’s 5.8 inches and a full inch larger than the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note8, meanwhile, has a 6.3-inch screen, according to its official specifications.
Bloomberg also reports that Apple is working on a cheaper alternative to the iPhone X, which retailed at around £1,000 upon its release last year, as well as what it describes as “an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X”.
The 6.5” screen is likely to have a handset comparable in size to the iPhone 8 Plus, with edge-to-edge design meaning the screen takes up more of the device than its predecessor.
We’re pretty sure the timing is just a coincidence, but it’s worth noting that the news comes after HMD Global made a retro move of its own – theirs, however, was not ‘bigger phones’ but rather ‘that bananaphone from The Matrix’.
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