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  • Apple Rumored to be working on 4.7" and 5.6" iPhones for Q3 2014 Release


    The latest report out of the Far East claims Apple is working on two jumbo-sized iPhone models this year and goes as far as to claim that executives at the company may not refer to a larger, more premium 5.6-inch model with the existing “iPhone” brand. The alleged details were published this week by Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, and highlighted by Macotakara. Some of the rumors align with previous claims, specifically that Apple is looking to use a sapphire glass cover for its next-gen “iPhone 6,” though the latest report claims that these changes may be exclusively for the new 5.6-inch model.

    The report suggests that Apple’s new 4.70inch model will continue to sport Corning Gorilla Glass, like previous handsets for the company. The new supposed 5.6-inch device will have a sapphire glass screen and will not be named an “iPhone,” the report suggested. While advanced reports on hardware specifications do sometimes prove accurate, branding of such devices is not the kind of information that ends up making its way down Apple’s supply chain. As such, while Apple could be working on a 5.6-inch iOS-based device, exactly what it will be named is almost unknown by suppliers. The report claims that Apple’s 5.6-inch “non-iPhone” is an “experimental” device that will feature sapphire glass from GT Advanced Technologies. Apple inked a $578 million deal with the supplier in late 2013. It’s claimed that Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6” will be released in the third quarter of 2014. Availability of the new 5.6-inch device is expected to be limited because of its use of sapphire glass.

    The claims are somewhat similar to another report that appeared somewhat recently which claimed that Apple is working on “iPhone 6” models with display sizes of 5.5 inches and 4.7 inches. The South China Morning Post cited “industry insiders” who alleged to have seen “prototypes” of the upcoming devices, though the report claimed both handsets will feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass.

    One claim that casts serious doubt upon that report was a claim that the new handsets would feature a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch. This number is off by eight pixels, if Apple were to maintain the 16:9 screen aspect ratio currently found on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5. Apple’s current flagship device, the iPhone 5S, sports a 4-inch screen packing in 326 pixels-per-inch into its Retina display. Prior to the iPhone 5, Apple’s smartphones sported smaller 3.5-inch screens.

    Multiple rumors suggest that Apple is looking to once again increase the size of the iPhone’s display this year, in an effort to keep up with the market trend toward devices with larger screens. To date, the most credible rumors have pegged a new iPhone display under 5 inches, citing Apple’s desire to continue to allow one-handed use of its handsets.

    We’ll have to wait and see which of the rumors turn out to be true by waiting for more concrete evidence.

    Source: Economic Daily News via Macotakara (Image courtesy of Marco Arment)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rumored to be working on 4.7" and 5.6" iPhones for Q3 2014 Release started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Can't wait..this and a JB, I'm stoked.
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      I need this
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Damn Phablets. Have no use for them myself.. But I know many want them.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      iPhablet? ><
    1. glgbnaf's Avatar
      glgbnaf -
      wow finally a bigger screen i had iphones since day one back in 2007 and still have everyone till now on my gold 64 gb 5s, i just hope it comes with at least a 4.7 in screen a 5 would be great but hey, its apple here lol im happy with a 4.7, also a pixal screen of 1980 by 1020 too and a 2 gb ram!!!! them 3 features they NEEEEED!! android has had them apple has some catching up to do!! but i live and stay apple i know one day they will have it and looks like the iphone 6 could and a 128 gb?? from rumor mill lol, lets all keep our fingers crossed, ala in all i think the iphone 6 will be there biggest launch yet ever!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      iPhablet? ><
      no i think apple will rise and smell the coffee?? i hope
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      I'd be ok with a bigger screen if they keep the same outer dimensions, but over 4.3" is just too big!
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      People are so hung up on screen dimensions so that when this new phone comes out its biggest selling point is a bigger screen and not much else. I would rather have the ability to use 4g while on a voice call or a split screen feature that let's you have two apps up at the same time or other features that would actually advance the phone more than just a bigger screen.
    1. csglinux's Avatar
      csglinux -
      Am I the only person who misses the 3.5" screen? :-( I like the thin/light factor of the 5 and 5s, but would have bought a 3.5" screen version of the 5(s) if there'd been one available. I still think the 6th gen Nano has been the coolest Apple product to date.

      I'm sure bigger iPhones are coming (they're going to be easier to manufacture after all). But I don't feel any need to be carrying something else enormous around in my pocket.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      People are so hung up on screen dimensions so that when this new phone comes out its biggest selling point is a bigger screen and not much else. I would rather have the ability to use 4g while on a voice call or a split screen feature that let's you have two apps up at the same time or other features that would actually advance the phone more than just a bigger screen.
      Exactly!
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I have said it before and I will say it again: Phablets are for people who can't afford both a smart phone and a tablet. Therefore, they are necessarily mid range to low-end devices for people lacking funds. I am pretty sure that Apple knows this. Samsung's Galaxy mega is a prime example of this.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      I just got a Nokia lumina 928 from my work. It's WAY too bulky. It's 4.5" but it feels much bigger. I think if Apple makes one that size it won't feel as big. The Nokia has sharp squared edges and a curved back that makes it feel like I'm holding a tank compared to my 5s.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Sizes are fine I have smaller hands I'm no lebron so I like my iPhone 5 but I could use a little bigger screen. But I'm curious as if the design is gonna be different as well
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I'm not sure how a larger size would feel since I'm used to the sizes of all the other iPhones. 'If' these rumors are true, this might be the first time I don't pre-order cuz I'd need to know what feels best in my hand before I make a hasty decision.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Way past due on a larger screen. Apple should have delivered this two years ago.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Sweet keep it up Apple I am stoked.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      I have said it before and I will say it again: Phablets are for people who can't afford both a smart phone and a tablet. Therefore, they are necessarily mid range to low-end devices for people lacking funds. I am pretty sure that Apple knows this. Samsung's Galaxy mega is a prime example of this.
      I disagree. I have an iPhone 5, an iPad mini and an iPad 3rd gen that I need to sell. A relative of mine also has an iPhone 5 and an iPad and would love a larger phone display.
    1. kona's Avatar
      kona -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      I have said it before and I will say it again: Phablets are for people who can't afford both a smart phone and a tablet. Therefore, they are necessarily mid range to low-end devices for people lacking funds. I am pretty sure that Apple knows this. Samsung's Galaxy mega is a prime example of this.
      You sir, are a total idiot. I have a note 3 which is 10 times better than your crap 5s. I also have a s4 which again is 10 times better. But wait since I can't afford anything but a phablet, I also own a iPad 3 and a mini. Hmmm but according to your stupid post and thoughts I must not be able to afford those things because I own a note 3.

      Maybe just maybe, I have a phablet because, wait for it.....I like the size! Wow what a concept!

      The galaxy mega is behind the times and old none the less so that is another ignorant comparison on your behalf.

      I used to like apple products until the size got annoyingly small and the lack of innovation in them. Oh wait you have a finger scanner now, cool. I can pay for things using my NFC (which Apple does not have), I can be lazy and not look for my tv remote and use my phone (another thing apple does not have), most people have downloaded a torrent or two in their day, I can do it on my phone, Apple cannot. Can't view that website because no flash support STILL, I can on my low budget note 3.

      Honestly I can't wait to ditch my iPad 3 for a galaxy tablet. As for the mini, that is for my daughter and it is her choice to keep that.
    1. weazle23's Avatar
      weazle23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolution83 View Post
      I disagree. I have an iPhone 5, an iPad mini and an iPad 3rd gen that I need to sell. A relative of mine also has an iPhone 5 and an iPad and would love a larger phone display.
      I also have a iphone 5 and ipad 3. I would love a 5" iphone. bought a xperia zl and tried it for a couple months because of the bigger screen. I just couldn't stand android. even when jb 4.3 became available for it. if a bigger iphone comes out I will definitely buy one. Then I plan on using my 5 until a jailbreak is available for the 6
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I am fine with having more options as it is what all consumers want..choices. My issue is that Apple tends to forget about what they have already done. They phase out phones to fast. They get rid of the 5 in favor of the 5C but keep the 4S?? I don't mind my current 4" screen on my 5S. Looks like the future is a bigger screen across the board. Will Apple do away with the 5C/5S models and keep the 4S or will they phase out the 4S in favor of the bigger screens all the way across the board? Guess i'll have to wait till the 4th quarter to find out.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      If they decide to call it "iPhone" anyway then perhaps it can be called iPhone Pro. Otherwise, it needs something to slot in to the mini, Air, Pro naming convention that the iPad is developing:

      iPad micro
      iPad fusion (Apple fuse?)
      iPad Go
      iPad talk
      iPad cell
      iPad nano
      iPad Zoom
      iPad Snap

      The last two play up the improved camera side of things, you know, since iPads typically have no flash but a high-end phone is expected to. The idea that it represents a fusion of two device categories makes me wonder if it may be called simply "Apple"-something like the Apple TV.