The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple Inc, recently sold close to 33.8 million iPhone units over the past 3 months. With this growth rate Apple is doing fantastic, despite not having a mammoth handset under its portfolio. Critics went on saying that Apple badly needs a 5-inch phablet to woo consumers. Since Apple does not like to copy its competitors, the tech vendor remained loyal to same 4-inch display iPhone with Retina Display.
The company's flagship iPhone 5S is doing exceptionally well at retail, and Apple may not need a bigger display handset any time soon. But that's not the case anymore, as Tim Cook and its team, are currently working on a large display ducked handset for mid-2014. Yes, you heard it right. With growing pressures from the likes of Samsung, Apple could announce iPhone 6 with a 5-inch display handset to take on Samsung's Galaxy S5.
A new report by "Mac Fan 2013 December" is predicting that Apple will indeed announce a 5-inch Full HD 1080p iPhone 6 in the mid of 2014. The iPhone 6 may have a 5-inch display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at 440 ppi. The device will be ultra thin, and Apple will promote the iPhone 6 as first one-hand operate-able phablet.
According to latest note to investors made by Piper Jaffray, senior analyst, Gene Munster( via New York Times), the Cupertino-based giant will launch the 8th generation iPhone with bigger display. He also said that the new iPhone will launch in September 2014. Apart from iPhone 6, Apple is also planning to launch a watch and Apple T.V set to boost stocks.
Aside from Munster, another analyst- Brain White also made a statement saying that Apple iPhone 6 would arrive with large display. After meeting with a supplier, the analysts seemed confident enough in respect to bigger-display iPhone. Our meeting with a tech supply chain vendor highlighted a bigger iPhone is in the works, and our contact expects a launch in the 2Q:14/3Q:14 time frame," White said in an investors note released on Thursday.
"Nearly a year ago, our research in Asia uncovered early stage work on a larger iPhone, and we indicated in our Apple initiation report dated 9/4/13 that 'a larger screen size on the iPhone is possible in 2014 that could approach 5 inches. Given today's meeting, we are confident that a larger iPhone (approximately five inches) will become a reality in 2014." Jefferies analyst Peter Misek also believes that Apple is in advance staged of launching a bigger-display iPhone.
The device would have a 4.8-inch screen, claims Misek. "Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8″ screen," Misek wrote in the note. "We est ~50% of smartphone shipments have >4″ screens and that iPhone 6 will catalyze a large upgrade cycle. The stock is attractive based on the attitude change, FY15 revs >+15%, and valuation."
More and more sources have confirmed that the next-generation iPhone would probably have a 4.8-inch display or above. It is to be seen whether Apple continues with same design philosophy guided by late Steve Jobs or not.
In the meantime, let's have a look at top five rumors floating around iPhone 6 in the sliders below.
5-inch 1080p Full HD display
Apple iPhone 6
Apple's latest iPhone 5S is brand new smartphone, but the display and design are unchanged. It is hard to differentiate between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5. Now the street is abuzz with rumors that Apple may announce the iPhone 6 with a 5-inch display having a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The phone is said to have a narrow bezel, just like any other high-end phones available in the market.
Flexible display phone
Samsung and LG have just announced the coming of curved display phones in the market. Apple could invest its resources in making a curved display iPhone 6. According to Pritiesh Chavan's concept iPhone 6 would feature a flexible display, and doubles as 3-in-one device.
Apple A8 chipset
Rumor has it that Apple will team up with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for upcoming A8 chipset design. A report published in Digitimes stated that the two companies have signed a three-year agreement that will see TSMC supply Apple with next-generation A-series chipsets built using 20nm, 16nm and 10nm process nodes.
The current iPhone 5S comes with an 8-MP camera with an upgraded lens. Fans still wants to see a 13-mega pixel camera with best portable camera on a smartphone.
The iPhone still doesn't allow you to increase the memory via a microSD card. Hope so, the next iteration to iPhone 6 may give an option to increase the memory up to 64GB. Or Apple would like to offer 128GB version as well. Who knows?