WSJ: Apple launching two larger iPhones in 2H14, doing away with plastic

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Backing up several reports in recent months, the WSJ reports Apple (AAPL -0.8%) plans to launch two larger iPhones in 2H14: One with a 4.5"+ display, and one with a 5"+ display.

The paper adds both devices will use metal casings and won't feature curved displays, and that Apple is "expected to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5C."

The WSJ previously reported Apple is evaluating iPhones with 4.8"-6" displays, and Bloomberg has reported Apple plans to launch 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones with "glass that curves downward at the edges."

More recently, Cowen's Timothy Arcuri has said supply chain checks point to the launch of a 4.8" iPhone supporting the high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard (already supported by various Apple and Samsung devices). Like others, Arcuri also expects a ~13" iPad to launch this year.

Calls for Apple to offer larger iPhones have been widespread amid soaring demand for large-screen Android devices, particularly in China and other parts of Asia-Pac. The launches could allow Apple to win back some European and Asian smartphone share lost in recent quarters to Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) and others.