Many expected Apple to release an iPhone with a larger screen but with this year’s refresh now in the history books, all sights have turned to the iPhone 6. At least one analyst now believes we will see a larger display grace next year’s model.
Peter Misek from Jefferies & Co. said earlier today in a research note that the iPhone 6 will launch with a 4.8-inch display. According to their estimates, about 50 percent of smartphone shipments now have screens larger than four inches and the next iPhone will catalyze a large upgrade cycle.
Of course, those that catch wind of the research note might consider holding out on upgrading to the iPhone 5S but if early sales are any indication, that’s not a huge problem at the moment. Apple said they sold upwards of nine million iPhones during opening weekend last month.
This certainly isn’t the first time we have heard analyst calling for a larger screen iPhone but given the landscape, timing and source, it seems extremely plausible this time around. As early as last month, Apple was rumored to be testing screens up to six inches. While it’s unlikely we will see an iPhone come down the pipeline in that size, something closer to the 5-inch mark wouldn’t be a huge shock.
Large-screen devices are all the rage among Android users so there’s little reason to believe a bigger iPhone wouldn’t do equally as well among Apple fans.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
The iPhone 5C replaces the iPhone 5 with nearly identical tech specs, a plastic-based exterior and 5 color choices, a first in the iPhone family. The 5C features the same 4" Retina display, A6 CPU, 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, a new front-facing FaceTime HD camera with better low light support, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a higher capacity battery and support for more LTE bands.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
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