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5-inch iPhone 6 spotted at Chinese supplier alongside iPhone 5S

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A 5-inch iPhone 6 prototype has been spotted at one of Apple’s Chinese suppliers, with the handset reportedly doing the rounds alongside the as yet unconfirmed iPhone 5S.

Adding to a flurry of recent iPhone 6 rumours, latest reports have suggested Apple’s iPhone 5 follow-on has been spotted playing host to a new 5-inch form factor. Said to have surfaced at a Chinese supplier alongside an iPhone 5S model, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S handsets have been tipped for a 2013 launch as Apple looks to regain ground on Android in the smartphone market.

With the iPhone 5 having made the jump to a new 4-inch form factor following Apple’s previous footing in crafting 3.5-inch handsets, recent reports have suggested that whilst the iPhone 5S will feature a form similar to that of its predecessor, the iPhone 6 will play host to a “wider, longer and thinner” 5-inch form to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Reports of a newly sized iPhone 6 being spotted have come just hours after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak declared that Apple’s handsets have fallen “somewhat behind” their Android brimmed rivals.

“Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind,” Wozniak told reporters. “Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.”

iPhone 6 Rumours

Whilst the iPhone 5S is expected to be an incremental improvement on the current iPhone 5, despite reports of the next-generation handset being made available in “6-8 colours” much like the 2012 iPod touch, the iPhone 6 is expected to bring wholesale changes to Apple’s smartphone collection.

With claims of an iPhone 6 release date to see the handset hit retailers this autumn, just six months after a spring iPhone 5S arrival, industry analysts have predicted that the device will pave the way for a selection of varyingly sizes iPhone devices, a move that would see Apple rival Android on multiple fronts.

“Although Apple offers a 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 and a 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, the Company has never offered multiple screen sizes for a single model,” Brian White, an analyst at Topeka Capital said. “We believe this is about to change with the next iPhone offering different screen sizes that we believe will allow Apple to better bifurcate the market and expand its reach.”

He added: “This eventually opens up the possibility for a lower-priced iPhone (i.e., iPhone mini) with a smaller screen size that could allow Apple to further penetrate markets such as China and open up opportunities in India.

“At the same time, Apple could unveil a larger screen size compared to the recently updated 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5. Clearly, there are many smartphone models that are now larger than 4 inches and even some bigger than five inches on the market.”

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Via: CNET

JRomeo

February 8, 2013, 6:47 pm

the iPhone will play catch up until they meet android specs, and when that happens, Android will innovate further if not already.

Peteralexanderh

February 8, 2013, 9:02 pm

I went to android for the bigger screen. I came back to iphone due to the iOS and battery life. You can't beat apples email. iMessage, iTunes. They're the things I want from my phone. Not saying they are perfect but they are the leader in those things in my opinion. If Apple had a 4.8 - 5 inch screen I would be all over that like a fat kid on a smartie.
Apple it's time we had some choice in our handsets.
The colour thing doesn't make sense to me because everyone has a cover on their phones in my experience.

JBingham

February 8, 2013, 11:16 pm

this whole thing about 'catch up' re. screen size issue seems a bit ridiculous to me - there is no innovation in a larger screen. however, I agree about the choice between different screen sizes.

toboev

February 9, 2013, 4:10 pm

I think Apple have definitely missed a trick in sticking to small screens - they believe their own hype too much and have forgotten how quickly the game changes. Silly really, when they were the game changer to begin with, to then think that it could not change again. They made the mistake of thinking that the original game-change they made was the ultimate destination, and it became for them a religion which tolerated no further change. Good job they have cash in the bank - they are going to need it to survive their impending period in the wilderness a la Nokia/RIM

SaneVoice

February 11, 2013, 10:39 am

I have both, my samsung s3 & my old iphone 4 which I keep due to my purchases from apple's ecosystem. Over the past 7 months I have used my samsung s3 more but making a complete jump is not easy. The android media share function is amazing, playing images or video created from your phone on your networked TV immediately is something which Apple as yet to do. Compared to my iphone 4 the cpu appears to be similar but compared to iphone 4s playing the same games appear to show a lag. Apart from that the S3 is better.

PrasadV

February 12, 2013, 4:39 am

Hilarious...

Ian Snelling

June 18, 2013, 8:55 pm

I would not by an iPhone until it has a larger screen, as I am short sighted and the screen on iPhone 5 is to small. I will be sticking with the Samsung galaxy note until that happens.

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