Analyst: 4.5, 5-inch iPhones possible for next year
updated 04:30 pm EDT, Sat September 7, 2013
by MacNN Staff
Kuo says Apple unlikely to go beyond five inches
If Apple is indeed working on larger-screened iPhones for release in the next year or so, the Cupertino company is unlikely to roll out anything with a display larger than five inches. This according to well-connected analyst Ming-hi Kuo, who explained in a note that any larger-screened iPhone will probably launch with a 4.5 to five-inch display. The reason: Apple's "unwavering principle of one-hand use."
Being able to reach all portions of the screen using just one hand has been an important factor for Apple, and the company touted that fact when introducing the iPhone 5, which was the first model with a display larger than 3.5 inches. Previous Apple commercials have even touted the ability of the average user to hit all points of the screen with a thumb while holding the device in one hand.
Kuo's note also points out that Apple will likely bring the same in-cell touchscreen technology featured in the iPhone 5 to next year's handset lineup. That in-cell touch technology allows Apple to keep its touchscreens thin, slimming the overall profile of the device as well.
Kuo also believes that Apple will move its entire iPad lineup to GF2 touch technology moving into 2014. That would eliminate the glass-on-glass setup seen in current iPad models. The analyst predicts that an "iPad 5" and "iPad mini 2" should be out by the end of the year, with Apple beginning mass production of the units in the fourth quarter.