Yet more speculation spinning off the rumor mill this morning. According to a short excerpt from Sina Tech (Chinese microblogging site), the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 have both been spotted at suppliers in China. If the rumor is correct, we’ll see both launched this year, 2013. The 5S – expectedly – looks almost identical to the iPhone 5, whereas the iPhone 6 is supposedly thinner and lighter despite featuring a huge 5-inch display.
It’s always worth taking these rumors as they are: rumors. There’s nothing concrete until Apple announces it. And, although I’d personally be very surprised if we saw a 5-inch iPhone, I was equally as surprised by rumors of an iPad mini. So, I don’t think you’ll find me dismissing anything out of hand. But, I will say that I can’t see it as being too likely. Not this year.
[UPDATE: 9to5Mac is still searching for a reliable source on the whole 5-inch phone noise. Like me, they're highly skeptical of it happening this year.]