By Jim Karpen on Wed, 01/22/2014
All the rumors continue to point to a larger iPhone. Plus, these rumors are increasingly suggesting not only will there be two different sizes, but also that the two phones will launch at different times. AppleInsider yesterday reported that according to a Chinese analyst, the iPhone 6 will launch in June at the WorldWide Developers Conference with a 4.7-inch screen. The post says the resolution will be 1136 x 640, which is the same as the current iPhone. As I noted in a previous post, that would be a logical step for Apple to take, because it would be easier for developers and because the pixel density, while less than the current iPhone, would still be on par with the iPad — and probably not noticeable. However, AppleInsider notes that other analysts expect Apple to increase the resolution for their 4.7-inch iPhone. Citing the Chinese analyst, AppleInsider also says that a 5.7-inch "phablet" will come later. It would be interesting if Apple would give it a different name, as they did with the iPad Air. They might call the 4.7-inch model the iPhone 6, and the larger one the iPhone Pro or something. But of course that's pure speculation.
According to Unwired View, trial production of the iPhone 6 could begin as early as next month, with full-scale production beginning in May. If that's accurate, that means we might start getting leaked photos of various components within the next month. Which is always an exciting stage of the rumor cycle.
Of course, Apple isn't giving any hints. Last week while he was in China for the launch of the iPhone by the carrier China Mobile, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked whether Apple was working on a larger iPhone. He was mum, as usual, saying only that "We never talk about future things. We have great things we are working on but we want to keep them secret. That way you will be so much happier when you see it."
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