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The advent of the so-called iPhablet looks to be edging closer, amid claims that Apple is testing a device with a 4.9-inch screen.

According to insiders cited by Chinese site C Technology, the supersized iPhone will likely land next year, when Apple will apparently boost the screen size of the top-end iPhone 5S and its lower-cost cousin, the iPhone 5C.

iphone 6 concept phablet

The 4.9-inch screen, which sits neatly between the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays previously reported to be set to feature on future Apple phones, is seemingly intended for the iPhone 5S. It’s not known how large the refreshed 5C’s display will be.

Talk of an iPhone phablet comes after a coterie of analysts yesterday forecast that Apple could hike the price of the next iPhone by around $100. That’s about £65.

The mooted increase is down to the higher cost of components. Not least the aforesaid larger screen. But also a beefier processor and more storage.

Until now, Apple has kept iPhone prices static with each new generation, seemingly able to absorb increasing parts costs thanks to the high margins the tech giant makes on its handsets.

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