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.