Apple expected to launch larger iPhones later this year

Apple expected to launch larger iPhones later this yearCupertino, Calif.-based Apple Inc. is preparing to introduce larger versions of its widely-acclaimed iPhones later this year, according to some media reports.

The reports say that Apple suppliers in Chian will start producing larger versions of the popular smartphone in July, and the Cupertino tech giant will launch them sometime in fall this year. The larger iPhone will reportedly feature screens measuring 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches diagonally.

Apple's partner in China, Hon Hai Precision Industry, will reportedly hire more than 100,000 workers in mainland China in order to manufacture the larger iPhones. It will be the manufacturer's largest single hiring spree in mainland China.

A separate report claims that the next iPhone, which most-probably be called iPhone 6, will have an iPad-like design. A leaked photo of the purported iPhone 6 also hints at rounded edges and smooth brushed aluminium back of the phone.

One can expect Apple next line of iPhone's arrival as early as September this year because the tech giant normally launches its new iPhones by this time every year. The iPhone 5 was launched in September 2012, while the iPhone 5S and 5C were introduced in September last year.

Analysts believe that Apple wants to introduce iPhones with larger screens in order to compete with rivals like Samsung and HTC. The Galaxy line of smartphones, which boast larger screens, allowed Samsung to snatch the title of the world's biggest smartphone maker from Apple. Smartphones with large screens are widely popular in fast-growing markets like Asia.