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Apple could release both the iPhone 5S and a five-inch ‘iPhone 6’ this year

Published Feb 8th, 2013 8:16AM EST
Apple iPhone 5S, iPhone 6

Apple (AAPL) fans who have been looking at the oversized Samsung (005930) Galaxy Notes with envy may soon be getting a “phablet” of their own. BrightWire has caught hold of a report from the Chinese Sina Tech website claiming that Apple plans to release two new iPhones this year: An iPhone 5S that is an updated version of the iPhone 5 and an “iPhone 6” that will apparently be a five-inch smartphone comparable in size to Samsung’s popular Note series. Releasing a phablet would be a departure for Apple, which until now has resisted the temptation to create a significantly larger smartphone, although the popularity of the big devices may have convinced the company to change its strategy.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.