Report Says 4.7-inch iPhone 6 Coming in August, 5.5-inch Model in September

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Supply chain sources say Apple has two new iPhone screen sizes comingApple will reportedly introduce the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display this August, and will follow up with a 5.5-inch model in September, according to industry sources claiming to have inside information about the company's plans. If true, Apple would be updating the iPhone lineup a month earlier than expected.

The sources, according to Reuters, come from Apple's parts supply chain. Those sources also claim the company plans to build 80 million iPhone handsets this year.

While supply chain sources may have some level of insider access to Apple, they typically get a very small glimpse into the company's plans since they're providing individual components instead of finished products. Apple doesn't have any reason to divulge its overall plans with suppliers, which means they're often trying to extrapolate what the company is up to from a single data point.

Rumors about larger screen iPhones are easy to come by right now, and most settle on either 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch and 5.7-inch displays. Reports seem to be settling more on the 4.7-inch display, with a 5.5-inch model possibly following soon after, or even some time in 2015.

Apple already supports two iPhone screen sizes: 4-inch on the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and 3.5-inches on the iPhone 4S. Presumably, the smaller screen will go away when the iPhone 4S is retired, and that will likely happen when the iPhone 6 is introduced. Assuming Apple goes with a 4.7-inch screen for the new model, that still leaves the 4-inch display in service, making for two sizes developers will need to support. Adding a third size doesn't sound like an Apple move.

Since Apple doesn't talk about unannounced products, we're left to speculate about what's really in store for the iPhone. Right now, it safe to say Apple is working on an updated model, and it's likely to come with a larger display. Adding two screen sizes seems less likely since that could create confusion in the product line and make coding for the different displays more difficult.

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Comments

geoduck

4.7” OK that might be good.
5.5”/5.7” um…why not just put a cell phone option in the iPad Mini.

RonMacGuy

5.5”/5.7” um…why not just put a cell phone option in the iPad Mini.

geoduck, that would be way too confusing.

Picture two people passing on the street, each holding an iDevice.
P1 - “Hey, is that the new iPad Mini?”
P2 - “No, it’s the iPhone Maxi.”
P1 - “But it looks like my older generation iPad Mini.”
P2 - “Yes it does, but it is actually a new iPhone Maxi.”
P1 - “So, when I go to upgrade my current iPad Mini, it will have to be an iPhone Maxi?”
P2 - “No, you can still buy the iPad Mini next gen, or you can buy the iPhone Maxi as an alternative.”
P1 - “Huh?”

grin

 

mrmwebmax

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In all the rumors about new screen sizes, has there been any speculation as to the pixel resolution? It will be interesting to see how Apple will increase the screen size without creating an Android-like nightmare for app developers.

iJack

“um…why not just put a cell phone option in the iPad Mini.”

I use Skype on my mini, It makes perfect, clear phone calls, so there is really no need for additional hardware.

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