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  • Big Screen iPhones May be Apple's Biggest Gamble


    As MMi reported earlier today, Apple invested a record sum of capital on research and development for the June 2014 quarter, presumably getting their ducks in a row for major new product releases in new product categories.

    But whether or not we see the iWatch or iTV this year (not to mention other rumored products), the biggest gamble Apple may take is on its next generation iPhone 6. That risk, however, is closely tied to the company's anticipated experimental large-screen iPhone.

    With larger 5.5-inch screens expected for one of the models of Apple's next-gen iPhone 6, Apple is believed to be so enthusiastic about the sales potential of its inaugural phablet that it will go to market with a record number of units.

    "The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30," knowledgeable sources tell the WSJ.

    So why is this a "gamble"? Although consumers have demonstrated a compelling interest in phablets, it remains to be seen if millions of large-screen Android device owners will migrate to iOS as predicted if Apple releases a phablet-sized iPhone. If not, and Apple produces the mammoth quantities we're told are on tap, Apple could be facing somewhat of a domestic sales dud akin to the iPhone 5c when compared to the popularity of the iPhone 5s.

    Either way, Apples new iPhones are expected in mid-September.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Big Screen iPhones May be Apple's Biggest Gamble started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Wake me when it is September I need two 5.5 I phone 6.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      Wake me when it is September I need two 5.5 I phone 6.
      Same boat as u. Can't wait until they get released. After looking at galaxy's and lg g3 phones in store. Than playing with my 5s. The bigger screen will be welcomed with open arms.


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    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      Wake me when it is September I need two 5.5 I phone 6.
      Same here!
    1. cjuni's Avatar
      cjuni -
      Me two!
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      buy an iPad, I'd prefer them to stay smaller.


      Edit: the 5(s) size is spot on!!!
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      buy an iPad, I'd prefer them to stay smaller.


      Edit: the 5(s) size is spot on!!!
      Finally someone I agree with.

      Besides, what will women do? Their pockets barely fit an iPhone now.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      I'm upgrading from an iPhone 5, I welcome the bigger screen. Now I just have to decide if I'm going with 4.7 or 5.5 in, IF there will be two different sizes.
    1. BUcLAo69's Avatar
      BUcLAo69 -
      Can't wait either and I don't really care much for the 5.5' (too big for my hand) 4/7' is perfect for me.
    1. scorpio02150's Avatar
      scorpio02150 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StuG III View Post
      Finally someone I agree with.

      Besides, what will women do? Their pockets barely fit an iPhone now.
      perfect excuse to purchase a new purse, lol
    1. SupaMonkey's Avatar
      SupaMonkey -
      Bah, Phablets suck.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by SupaMonkey View Post
      Bah, Phablets suck.
      Exactly. I can possibly deal with the 4.7" screen, but 5.5" is too much.
    1. dsjarvis's Avatar
      dsjarvis -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee19841 View Post
      Same boat as u. Can't wait until they get released. After looking at galaxy's and lg g3 phones in store. Than playing with my 5s. The bigger screen will be welcomed with open arms.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      And you'll need open arms to hold it
    1. TwinSouls's Avatar
      TwinSouls -
      Never understood Fandroids using the bigger screen argument for there phones. I bought a Note 3 when it first came out and took it back to get a 5s in a week. My main issue wasnt the OS or the hardware but the size. Its just to impractical as a phone. Give my and Android phone with all the specs in an iphone size and I might give it another go, untill then, I'm happy with my jailbroken iphone.
    1. tree720's Avatar
      tree720 -
      Eventually all men will have to carry a handbag too. These phones are too large, and heavier than the weights at my gym...
    1. donutsaremagic's Avatar
      donutsaremagic -
      I personally wouldn't mind a slightly bigger screen. So, I think the 4.7 should be just right! I have never understood the obsession with 5.5 and bigger screens. I got the first Note when it came out and took it back after my first phone call on it. It feel like I was holding an old school calculator to my head. I mostly liked texting on it but making phone calls made me feel stupid. I've tried every OS and every brand multiple times and I keep coming back to iPhones but I've always loved the idea of a slightly bigger screen.


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    1. SpidermanAPV's Avatar
      SpidermanAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by tree720 View Post
      Eventually all men will have to carry a handbag too. These phones are too large, and heavier than the weights at my gym...
      Personally, I think the man purse becoming popular would be great! I have to cram so much crap into my pockets sometimes I feel like a gangster with my pants on the ground.
    1. tree720's Avatar
      tree720 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      Personally, I think the man purse becoming popular would be great! I have to cram so much crap into my pockets sometimes I feel like a gangster with my pants on the ground.
      Haha, maybe put your lipstick in there too! But yah, I believe everything will become virtualized, including currency, and in the near future we won't need to carry wallets . Unless the bulk of your pockets come from something else ;D


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    1. SpidermanAPV's Avatar
      SpidermanAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by tree720 View Post
      Haha, maybe put your lipstick in there too! But yah, I believe everything will become virtualized, including currency, and in the near future we won't need to carry wallets . Unless the bulk of your pockets come from something else ;D


      Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
      iPod Touch, wallet, phone, chump change, earbuds, and a pocket knife.
    1. ArnoVermeulen's Avatar
      ArnoVermeulen -
      I was hoping that they would release in the same size as the iphone5s, with just a few enhancements. I will have to hold on to my iphone5 and hope that Apple realizes there mistake before iphone7 or whatever it may be called arrives.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArnoVermeulen View Post
      I was hoping that they would release in the same size as the iphone5s, with just a few enhancements. I will have to hold on to my iphone5 and hope that Apple realizes there mistake before iphone7 or whatever it may be called arrives.
      wah, wah, wah.

      If you want an iPhone in the same size as your current phone, get the iPhone 5S. You'll have an upgraded phone AND in the SAME size as your current phone, and for a low prize too. Simple as that, now quit yer B!*$&%G