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Rumors: iPhone 6 Screen Sizes, Camera

Yet another rumor is suggesting, based on checks with Apple suppliers, that Apple will introduce two new iPhones later this year, one with a display of 4.7 inches and one at 5.5 inches. According to StreetInsider.com, citing analyst Brian White, it's likely that Apple will continue to sell a 4-inch model, giving consumers a choice among three different sizes. White also says that it's likely Apple will introduce the larger phones at different times, first launching the 4.7-inch model on the regular iPhone cycle, and then subsequently having a separate event for the larger device. His rationale is that the larger device would fall into the "phablet" category and be different enough that Apple would have a separate event to introduce it.

Another rumor this week is that the iPhone 6 camera won't be upgraded to 13 megapixels, as many people had been expecting. According to The China Post, Apple may instead opt for improved optical image stabilization. If true, this is a typical Apple move. They're not interested in impressive specs but instead always focus on user experience. If they feel that image stabilization in order to reduce the incidence of blurry photos improves user experience, then for them that's the better choice than upping the number of pixels.

Apple's obsession with user experience has been at the heart of the iPhone's success. It was seven years ago Thursday, January 9, that Apple first introduced the iPhone. It was dramatically different than the smartphones on the market at the time. Manufacturers competed with each other to add more buttons on their devices, and made them way too complicated. Microsoft's mobile OS was about as complicated as Windows.

You can watch the original introduction of the iPhone below by Mr. Jobs himself. He highlights the simplicity of the iPhone, and how it does away with all the buttons. Most analysts thought the iPhone would fail or barely make a dent in the market. Instead, it completely revolutionized the industry.

 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.