Yet another analyst predicts iPhone 5S launch in June, multiple sizes and colors

It’s only the 2nd day of the new year and we’ve already – seemingly – stumbled upon what is likely to be the consistent rumor of 2013. Yet another industry analyst has stated we are are to see an iPhone 5S launch in June. However, it’s not going to follow the pattern of previous launches. In the past, Apple has generally only released on new device, made it available in three storage capacities and two colors: white and black.

If Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets is right, we’ll not only see a variety of color options available at launch, but we’ll also see two different sizes.

“Although Apple offers a 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and a 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, the Company has never offered multiple screen sizes for a single model. We believe this is about to change with the next iPhone offering different screen sizes that we believe will allow Apple to better bifurcate the market and expand its reach.”

The more I read analysts’ predictions for new Apple products, the more I laugh. They just don’t get Apple. Why would Apple make two different sized iPhone 5S models? It does fall back on the old rumor of creating a more cost-efficient iPhone, which has never gained any confidence from me. But I’m happy to entertain the thoughts of an analyst every now and then. Even if it’s so that he’s held to account when Apple proves him wrong. Which they inevitably almost always do.

That said, I’ll happily go along with the multi-color idea. I think the iPhone lineup needs a little coat of paint.

What do you think? Do we need a 3.5″ version of the iPhone 5/5S? What would it offer over a 4/4S?

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  • If people want a 3.5″ iPhone, they can buy a 4 or 4S. Most likely, the 4S will still be available for people to buy when the 5S comes out. The size difference in the iPhone screen leads to a different size available for the internals, and I doubt they would work on two completely different internal designs to try to optimize.

  • EvanMax

    What if it isn’t 3.5″ and 4″?  If Apple released one model that was 4″ and another that was 4.5″ or even 5″ they could attempt to capture the share of the market that wants super large screens while not alienating the part of the market that thinks some screens are getting too big.

  • Bratty

    My understanding is that the way the current apps are scaled (2x, 4x), the next size would be 4.8″. It is feasible without causing fragmentation but I doubt it.

  • If that’s the only thing that people should look forward to in the rumored 5S I think that device will not be a hit.

  • TechnoBoy

    I support your view Bratty.
    4.8inch is the size of the Samsung Galaxy SIII’s screen and other similar smartphones and they must be selling well, cause people want large screened phones.
    As for resolution to make it easier for developers, it’ll probably be like so:
    4 inch = 1136 x 640 = 326PPI
    4.8 inch = 2272 x 1280 =  543PPI (cause same resolution as above = 272PPI = non-retina display). 
    Sounds very dense and will be extremely crisp, but would be the only option to make it less stressful for developers (apart from yet another resolution) if they want to do a 4.8 inch screen.
    If they only go for 4.3 – 4.5 inches, I guess the same resolution as the 4 inch screen will be good enough.
    Thought i’d give my 2 cents on this conversation.