Brian White, on one of his fairly regular tours of Asia’s tech supply chain is apparently in no doubt that Apple will release a larger-screened iPhone in 2014. One of the tech supply chain vendors in China gave him a clear indication that it is on its way.
White states: “Given today’s meeting, we are confident that a larger iPhone (approximately five inches) will become a reality in 2014.”
It’s not the first time this week we’ve heard rumors of a larger iPhone. Gene Munster, another analyst, also stated his belief that the iPhone 6 would have a display size of 4.8-inches. Yet more analysis from DisplaySearch claimed there could even be two new size iPhones in 2014; a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch model. White’s information then isn’t that much different to anyone else’s. But I’m still finding any of it hard to believe.
It was analysts who had everyone convinced that what eventually became the iPhone 5c was going to be the cheap, budget model iPhone for the emerging markets. And, despite Apple’s launch showing clearly that it isn’t at all a cheap phone, it’s still finding it hard to shake of the misconception that it’s somehow a much lower quality phone. With that in mind, it’s always worth erring on the side of caution here. We’re still a year away from another new iPhone, and Apple is known to change its mind.
Do I think Apple will release a larger iPhone in 2014? Probably. But, I have no idea what size it’ll be. I’m confident there won’t be a “Phablet”. Apart from being really big, few phablets have any real need to be that large. The one that stands out is the Galaxy Note series. It has the S-Pen which transforms it from being just a gigantic phone in to being a very useful productivity tool. I can’t see Apple releasing anything with a stylus.
Let’s not forget, Cupertino is pretty big on the whole idea of being able to use your iPhone with one hand. It’s why I think if there is an iPhone with a bigger screen, Apple will cleverly figure out a way to place it in a chassis that’s only slightly larger than the iPhone 5/5s/5c.