Japanese blog Macotakara reports that the rumored 5-inch iPhone will be the high-end model, but that’s nothing new. What’s interesting is that the report claims that this model will be called “iPhone Edition.”
It explains that Apple is prototyping several different models for its flagship this year. Specifically, the company is prototyping models with and without a Home button, and with various exterior types such as aluminum, ceramic, and glass. Also, Apple is apparently testing LCD TFT and OLED displays.
Apple is reportedly doing prototype testing and engineering validation testing, or EVT at the same time. The company will then move on to design validation testing, however, Apple will need more time in this stage and because of this, the flagship iPhone may be late this year compared to previous years.
Last year we published the article about additional iPhone 7s & iPhone 7s Plus model and the article about the 5 inch model equipped with the iSight Duo camera, but this 5 inch model would highly possibly be the “iPhone Edition” which is the premium model.
Multiple prototype models exist for this model and the development continues to be carried out in parallel with EVT. The production level of development on various models are being done such as the models with IPS TFT, AMOLED, the model with or without home button, in addition to the models with a new glass, aluminum chassis, white ceramics etc.