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iPhone 6 design allegedly 'locked down,' including 4.8-inch display

updated 04:37 pm EST, Wed January 22, 2014

Phone also expected to make jump to 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Apple has effectively "locked down" most of the design of the iPhone 6, claims Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. He cites sources in Apple's supply chain, and contends that the phone will have a 4.8-inch display, making it more competitive with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Moto X. He also suggests that Apple will upgrade to 802.11ac Wi-Fi, letting the device take advantage of modern Macs and routers, as well as gigabit Internet connections in regions that have them.

Arcuri suggests that Apple is also working on "key software innovations" for the next major release of iOS, and may exploit iBeacon, Touch ID, and Passbook technology in order to step into mobile payments. As for a release date, he expects the phone to debut in September, though sources tell him that a June launch is "not out of the question." Apple pursued June and July iPhone launches until the iPhone 4S, which shipped in October 2011. The iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c have all been September releases.

Display size is often one of the main complaints leveled at modern iPhones. While competitors are now regularly producing phones up to and above 5 inches, Apple has held fast at 4. The company has insisted, though, that it's more important to fit a device in one hand than provide more screen space.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Truthsayer

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    I for one can't wait for a large screen iPhone. I would seriously consider opting for the rumored phablet variation. And I also hope that Apple gets these out by June, while continuing with the option of a 4-inch model, for those who prefer smaller handsets.

  1. Charles Martin

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    I think Apple has cleverly made room for a larger-screen device by diversifying the product line. While I personally think the four-inch-ish dimensions of the iPhone 5 et al work SUPER well for one-handed operation, clearly there are a bunch of bear-pawed men out there who don't mind having both hands tied up to work with their phones, and for them a larger-screen iPhone would be a dream come true. I don't like the notion of a "phablet" however -- Apple is right to keep tablets and phones separated.

  1. OldMacGeek

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    Joined: 08-04-10

    . . . and we all know how accurate analysts are . . .

    :cue crickets:

  1. Truthsayer

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    This has been a consistent rumor. It will happen and must happen. Apple will sell even more iPhones than it does now when it starts offering more display size options, making the move inevitable. @Chas_m - using gesture typing on an Android device makes using a large phone one-handed easy. The problem with the one-handed iPhone use myth is that to type with any sort of speed on it requires the use of two thumbs with its outdated keyboard software. I expect a large iPhone to coincide with a revised iPhone software keyboard with gesture typing, or with other improvements including better text prediction.

  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    I came close to (permanently) owning a HTC One phone due to its beautiful 4.7" screen. It was excellent for these 50 yr old eyes to read & view on the bigger screen. The hand size issue took a bit of getting used to, but I did. The only reason I took it back is that Android can't compare to the ease & design of iOS. Plus I love my new iPhone 5S and its speed.

    Still, I'll be the first in line to get the iPhone 6 if it has a 4.5+" screen.

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