We’re seeing more and more signs that the iPhone 6 will indeed have the larger screen so many Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans are hoping for. This time the indications are a bit more concrete since they come directly from Apple’s supply chain.

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Supplier claims iPhone 6 screen will be bigger

Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White reports that he is on a tour with technology companies in Taiwan and China right now. One of his visits was with an unnamed supplier in China, who he says told him that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on a larger iPhone. After that meeting, White is convinced that the iPhone 6 will be about 5 inches in size and arrive some time in 2014.

He also says that the iPhone 6 could even arrive as early as the second quarter of 2014. He also says a third-quarter launch of the handset might happen. According to White, he uncovered evidence that Apple was working on a larger iPhone about a year ago while conducting research in Asia. At that point, he said the work was still in its early stages. At this point though, he apparently thinks the company is a lot closer to having a bigger screen it will be pleased with.

Just how big will the iPhone 6 be?

In the past, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) management said they were unwilling to compromise performance for a larger screen, which suggests that they have been taking extra time to get the screen working exactly the way they want it to. Reports that Apple is testing both 4.7 and 5.7 inch screens resurfaced again this week, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple’s historic statements about bigger screens indicate that the company would be unlikely to push for a 5.7 inch iPhone 6.

Other analysts are also suggesting that the next iPhone will have a screen that’s around 5 inches. These reports are coming faster and faster even though we are several quarters or maybe even a year from the launch of the handset. If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) doesn’t deliver a larger iPhone 6 next year, there are going to be many disappointed fans and analysts.

Apple needs a phablet

As much of the smartphone market shifts towards phones with bigger screens, it’s becoming clearly that Apple must get into the phablet market. Some believe the company might even offer a few different screen sizes next year.

Part of the reason the Android operating system is so popular is because of the wide array of phones in various sizes which are available. If Apple does offer multiple sizes, then it could convince some users to switch. The fact that the company still holds such a large share of the market is a testament to how much people like its devices, even though we have yet to see one with a bigger screen. Will the iPhone 6 be it? We’ll just have to wait and see.