An iPhone 6 with a 4.9-inch screen is reported to have moved into field testing, according to C Technology, a Chinese blog (spotted by Apple Insider). Apparently C Technology has a mixed track record when it comes to reporting on rumors like these.

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Rumor supports other iPhone 6 theories

Several analysts have said that the iPhone 6 will probably have a larger screen and be out in 2014. Among those was KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has said in the past that the handset would have a display that’s between 4.5 inches and 5 inches in size. Kuo pointed to comments made by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) management in the past about device quality and screen size. He said he doesn’t think the size of the screen will go beyond five inches because the company won’t sacrifice overall quality for a bigger screen.

Most other analysts agree that the iPhone 6 must have a bigger screen and come out next year, sooner rather than later. However, it’s been only two months since the company launched the iPhone 5C and 5S.

Apple to release two new handsets in 2014?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may have set a new precedent by launching two new iPhones this year, so many are expecting that two new ones will be out next year as well, with the iPhone 6 model probably being the one with the bigger screen. Estimates on just how big the display will be have ranged from 4.5 inches up to 5.5 inches.

Many believe Apple will have to release a larger iPhone 6 to better compete with the wide array of other big-screen smartphones which are already on the market. Some see the iPhone 5C as taking a step toward addressing the lower end of the smartphone market, and so the next logical step may indeed be to launch a larger iPhone.