'Largest iPhone ever' begins mass production next month: report

Reports suggest that Apple suppliers will begin the manufacture of the largest iPhone to date next month.

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Apple suppliers will begin mass producing the largest iPhone to date next month as part of the anticipated iPhone 6 product line.

According to Bloomberg, which cites people familiar with the plans, manufacturers in China will be producing two large Apple devices from July. One model is reportedly equipped with a 4.7-inch display — in comparison to the iPhone 5S's 4-inch screen — and the other sports a 5.5-inch screen.

The new iPhones will also be rounder and thinner than previous models.

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The sources claim that the two iPhones may be ready to ship to retailers by September this year. However, one source said that the 5.5-inch model is more complicated to produce than the 4.7-inch device, and so has resulted in "lower production efficiency." This has to be solved before manufacturing volume can be increased.

Over the weekend, leaked images potentially showing the rumored handset were shared with 9to5Mac , revealing a display which measures 5.5-inches.

Hybrids, phablets and large smartphones are current trends in the consumer technology space. According to Forrester Research, in China, 40 percent of Android-based devices sold in 2014 are equipped with displays measuring over five inches. If Apple does increase the screen size of its iPhone range, the tech giant is staying faithful to a trend that has already hooked rivals including Samsung, HTC, Sony and ZTE.

This week, Taiwanese media reported that Foxconn and Pegatron are ramping up hiring to cope with anticipated high levels of demand for Apple's new iPhone range. It has been suggested that Foxconn is amid a recruitment drive designed to push up its Chinese workforce by 10 percent, whereas Pegatron — a smaller Apple supplier — hopes to boost employee numbers at a key plant by one third.