There have been numerous rumors for months that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will release an iPhone with a larger display. The latest rumor shows us what we might expect if it turns out this rumor is true.

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A bigger iPhone in the works

Mark Gurman for 9-to-5 Mac reports the Cupertino-based tech giant is testing a phone with 1704 x 960 resolution display. This new resolution would enable the device to keep the current screen resolution of the iPhone 5S which is 16:9. It also features a denser screen in terms of pixels per inch.

However, the screen size increase is not likely to change the actual size or positioning of the menus and key applications. The real benefit will be to make everything you view on the display appear sharper. There also may be a few applications that are able to take advantage of the display extra real estate. The additional space might inspire app developers to add extra elements or even more content.

Possibilities for the upcoming Apple smartphone

Changing up the resolutions on the iPhone will create another transition phase for developers. This purported transition will very likely similar to the transition from 1X to 2X when the Retina display was first launched. According to previous reports, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has also been working on resolution independence. This is in order to help with the optimization process to create an easier transition. An improved iPhone display means an improved iPad display is also likely in the near future.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched the iPhone 5 with more vertical space on the screen. A brand new resolution clearly offers more possibilities for interface design and development.

It is still unknown whether or not the iPhone 6 will feature this large of a display. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans will have to wait until the latter half of the year for the answer to the big question. Apple’s rivals have already stepped up their game to offer larger smartphones, so many analysts speculate that is only a matter of time until an iPhablet hits the market.