iPhablet? The next iPhone might be released in September 2014 and will most likely have a screen as big as six inches. It may look alike smaller version of iPad Mini.
For consumers who have just bought an iPhone 5S or an iPhone 5C, this news might not be so good. There are rumors going around the web that iPhone 6 is in the works, and it might hit the market as early as September next year. For fans of phablets, the newest version of the iPhone might conform to the definition since it might sport bigger screen.
According to Peter Misek, an analyst from Jefferies, who met with suppliers of Apple in Asia last week, the iPhone 6 will carry a 4.8-inch display. If this will be implemented by the tech giant, it will be a big jump from the current four-inch screen of the current line of iPhones. Misek didn’t reveal the reason behind his forecast but said that the bigger handset will give way to some upgrades.
“We think the 85M iPhones eligible for an upgrade when the iPhone 6 launches (we think Apple is targeting Sep 2014) could be boosted by another 5-10M from people who skipped the 5S/5C cycle,” Misek quoted in his note.
In the last three months, half of the new smartphones shipped across the global market had displays larger than four inches. Year to year for the same period, only about a fifth of smartphones had bigger screens. It seems Apple will flow with the tide, since it has been resisting joining the phablet movement with the niche being dominated by its South Korean competitor Samsung.
The speculations about an iPhone featuring a bigger display aren’t new. The South Korean media reported earlier that the next model of the iPhone will have a screen measuring five inches, and Apple had been testing iPhone screens ranging between 4.8 and six inches. In addition, the often accurate Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities foresees an iPhone 6 sporting a display between 4.4 and five inches.
With a bigger display, the iPhone 6 will need a stronger battery and have a good reason to apply gaze detection. Experts also foresee the new version of the iPhone to come out of the box with an updated iOS 7 and features like NFC. The larger body may also mean more space for better camera sensors that may bring the device’s camera to 12MP or better. An upgraded version of the A7 chip will be good for the iPhone 6. Put everything into a simple equation, and the price tag might reach $450 to $600 according to analysts.
Now, for developers who are trying to catch up in adjusting their apps for the iOS 7, the bigger display will be another reason to press the panic button.