Apple is reportedly exploring the possibilities of launching iPhones with bigger screens, as well as cheaper models in a range of colors, over the next year. Samsung has overtaken Apple in market share through the popularity of its bigger-screen Galaxy, so this could be the first sign of Apple recognizing the threat as opposed to before; good thing?

Apple is looking at introducing at least two larger iPhones next year – one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.7-inch screen. “They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you’re not really sure whether this is the final prototype,” said one person with direct knowledge of the matter.

For this year, Apple is expected to launch two new models, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, with new fingerprint technology, and a cheaper version in plastic casing. Apple plans to dress up the cheaper phone in a range of 5-6 colors to differentiate it from the more expensive model that has traditionally come only in black and white.

“Trial production was originally planned to start in June, but the mixing of colors is taking longer than expected as Apple has very high and idealistic standards,” said one source in Asia, adding 20 million plastic iPhones are expected to ship in the October-December quarter. Stay tuned for more details as this story develops.

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