Larger iPhones said to go into production next month

largerApple plans to begin production in China next month of two new iPhones sporting larger screens, according to a Bloomberg report.

The models, expected to ship to retailers in September, will feature screens measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively, and be rounder and thinner than its current models, sources told the news agency.

The larger screens are expected to help Apple better compete with the likes of rivals Samsung and HTC, which offer displays that are as large as 5.7 inches.

Rumors of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 have intensified in recent months. A widely cited report from Taiwan’s United Daily News/Economic Daily last month indicated that out of the 80 million iPhone 6 units that the supply chain of component manufacturers expects Apple to sell this year, more than 90 percent of the shipments will be for the 4.7-inch model.  More