iPhone 5 XL Could Be Coming

April 8, 2012

Here at iPhone5Latest.com, we’ve been speculating for months now about the possibility of the iPhone 5 getting larger. We’ve heard information from sources that both confirms and dispels this notion. At this point, we still don’t know for certain if the iPhone 5 will in fact be built bigger. But one thing we have heard whispers of for a while now–and one thing that actually seems likely for a number of reasons–is that Apple may be planning on releasing two versions of the iPhone 5: the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5 XL. The idea of Apple releasing two iPhone 5s may sound crazy to some, but based on our research and the reasons we’ll outline in today’s article, it makes perfect sense.

iPhone 5 May Come In Two Models

There’s always been one constant for every single model of the iPhone released to date: the screen size. Every iPhone has come with the same 3.5 inch screen design, and while a great many users have been satisfied with this screen size, a lot of other iPhone users and potential buyers have been calling for a bigger iPhone. Apple obviously doesn’t want to make their current satisfied iPhone 3.5 inch users angry by introducing a bigger phone, so the best solution is to bring out an iPhone 5 in two models.

The first iPhone 5 model would come with the standard 3.5 inch display. With the same sized display, the form factor would remain roughly the same as the iPhone 4S. The second iPhone 5 model, dubbed the iPhone 5 XL, would come with a 4 inch or larger display and would have a different form factor.

Demand For Bigger iPhone 5 Causes Apple to Bring Out the iPhone 5 XL

As mentioned, it’s no secret that demand for a bigger iPhone 5 exists. It comes both from iPhone users envious of the various Android phones that boast display sizes of at least 4-4.3 inches, and also from those who simply would appreciate a little more screen space on their iPhone 5. In order for Apple to make the drastic decision of manufacturing an iPhone 5 XL, the demand needs to be there. And it is.

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While we don’t have concrete facts and figures to point to, we do know that there are many possible iPhone 5 buyers who will definitely buy the device if it has at least a 4 inch display. And though the iPhone 4S sold ridiculously well, we’re inclined to believe that Apple would love to pick up new customers by appeasing them with an iPhone 5 XL. The iPhone 5 XL would no doubt sell millions of units–and that’s even with the possibility of Apple putting out a standard size iPhone 5 alongside the XL.

The Price Range For iPhone 5 and iPhone 5 XL

With a bigger screen size, it’s inevitable that the price will be a little higher. It’s merely speculation on our part, but we think that the 3.5 inch iPhone 5 model will be priced starting at $199 with two year contract, while the iPhone 5 XL will likely be priced starting at $299 with a two year contract. It’s also a good bet that each model of the iPhone 5 XL will be roughly $100 more expensive than the storage comparable 3.5 inch iPhone 5 model–so the 16GB iPhone 5 XL will sell for $299, the 32 GB iPhone 5 XL will sell for $399 etc.

What Do You Think?

Do you think it would be smart for Apple to release an iPhone 5 XL and a standard sized 3.5 inch iPhone 5? What size iPhone do you prefer? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

IP5XL April 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

I think it's a great idea. This way everyone gets what they want. But should the iPhone really cost an extra $100 just because the screen is a little bigger?? That's ridiculous. I would think $50 more. It is still a good idea though.


tobie April 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

price seems a little high but we really need a 4or 4.6 inch screen to compete with the Droids just hurry up and release it .


Jason April 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I have been back and forth between iphones and android devices ever sence smartphones hit the market. Personally i belive that iphone users perfer the current screen size because the phone is also a great deal smaller than the adnroid devices. If Apple can make the iphone 5 screen edge to edge without making the phone much bigger than i think they will be make both sides happy.


JoeShmoe99 April 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I could see why a company like Apple would release two versions. The iPhone appeals to various types of people, ranging from teenagers to senior citizens. I could see why the former would like a bigger display whereas the latter would like to keep the current 3.5" form factor. However, to my knowledge, if Apple does this, wouldn't it be the first manufacturer to release the same phone in different sizes? If so, it may be an issue of losing economies of scale because it would require two different production lines. The i5 could be dynamite, so it may very well be worth it.

I wonder if Apple would include some goodies in the i5 XL not in the smaller i5 due to having more room to work with….


Ali April 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I believe that Apple should strictly stay in a single iPhone production, the size is something that I would really want to be bigger but I believe that Apple should use customer votes to find what size most people want then make it of that size and if more people want to compete with Android hence we would get a larger phone size.


Marie April 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Great idea but release the iPhone already I'm tired of my droid


Curtis April 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

iPhone 5 at 5 inches and $200 would make everyone happy espicially if it had twice the pixels of the screen(apple would haft to tell apps to Create two versions and apple could say that price(on paid apps) could be 20¢ more. Apple could have like the iPad where you can get the iPhone-4s version or iPhone 5s( the iPad have all 3.) though this could work with the i5 & i5xl (I would hate it)


Ex-iPhone User April 13, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I WAS a long time iPhone user. I bought the first generation iPhone and loved it. I bought the iPhone 3gs and liked it, I waited 2 years for the next bigger/better iPhone and it never materialized. While watching TV with my wife a commercial caught my attention, the Galaxy Note, 5.3" of pure screen and enjoyment. I went and looked at one all the while saying I would wait for the next iPhone, the same thing I said for the previous two years. Then it occurred to me, I've been disappointed in the lackluster devices Apple has released in recent time why would the next iPhone be any different? So I bought the bigger screened phone and love everything (other than the battery life – bigger screen more battery drain) about it. But, knowing I could possibly want the next iPhone I decided to go with the buyback program offered by Best Buy. It's going to take a lot for Apple to draw me back in, and I'm not holding my breath on the likeliness of that to occur anytime soon.


Current 3G user April 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

I hope for 2 iPhones.
A small and simple one, same size as today. Many people do not use all of todays functions. A simple one could be a starter too.
A little bigger one, a business phone, focusing on tasks and business too.
I little longer one would make it easier to read text horisontally.
I look forward to the bigger one (not too big).


Michelle Canever April 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

Hi Current 3G User,

Thanks for commenting! We agree that the best solution is to release two iPhone 5 devices so that every user's need is met.

Thanks again!


Robert Bervaldi May 1, 2012 at 10:53 am


I am currently using an iPhone 3s and I am very attracted by the Samsung S2. I am waiting for a larger screen iPhone 5 before making the move. As a real estate broker I need to access and show info to clients while I am on the road. A larger screen would be more then welcome. Robert


Michelle Canever May 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

Hi Robert,

I would agree, a larger screen would be very useful. I think Apple will release a bigger iPhone simply because so many people are asking for it.

Thanks for commenting!


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