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iPhone 6 design reportedly finalised with 4.8-inch screen

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iPhone 6 to grow to 4.8-inches

Apple has reportedly finalised the iPhone 6 design, with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 rival said to be heading to launch with a 4.8-inch display in tow.

The latest iPhone 6 rumours have surfaced courtesy of a Wall Street analyst, with the industry specialist reporting that the final iPhone 6 design has been decided upon ahead of the handset being put into production in time for release later this year.

Speaking in a note to investors, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri stated that the iPhone 6 design has been “locked down”, with the claimed move to a larger 4.8-inch display lining up alongside the introduction of high speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

Basing his predictions on reported checks within Apple’s supply chain, Arcuri has suggested that Apple is planning to introduce “key software innovations” to the iPhone 6, a move that follows last year’s drastic iOS 7 overhaul.

Stating that the current iPhone 5S was simply a “set-up” to a grander smartphone release this year, the analyst has predicted that the iPhone 6 will focus heavily on a new mobile payment system, with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner set to be a base for the new platform.

Although Arcuri has predicted that the iPhone 6 release date will follow Apple’s now customary product cycle and launch in September, earlier this week is was claimed that the phone will launch as early as June.

While a June arrival is generally considered to be a bit premature, the Wall Street analyst has stated that such a launch window is “not out of the question” just yet.

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Via: AppleInsider

LDM

January 23, 2014, 7:33 am

the biggest mistake apple is doing if confirmed to be true. Phones can not get any bigger than they are now. iPhone 5 is a shade bigger to my likings and really can not get any bigger before it becomes dysfunctional device

pimlicosound

January 23, 2014, 10:38 am

I'm not disputing your personal dislike of large phones, because it's totally down to personal preference. But I don't think it would be a big mistake for Apple to increase the iPhone's size again. It seems that the market for high-end phones prefers larger sizes, if the millions of 5"+ phones sold in 2013 are anything to go by.

Adsski

January 23, 2014, 2:40 pm

I believe this rumor as it makes perfect sense, both from a competitive point of view and from a technical perspective. Firstly the Android / Windows phone competition have all moved to flagship handsets sporting screen sizes in the 4.5 - 5.2 inch range. And they have been selling well so consumers appear to have embraced the larger screen sizes despite the ergonomics limiting one handed typing for a lot of uses. (Often cited as the reason iPhone stayed to slim). From a technical perspective 4.8 inches also makes a lot of sense. I wount include all the maths used, but retaining retina (326ppi) over 4.8 inches gives a diagonal pixel count (@ same ratio) of 1566, with dimensions 768x1366 pixels. Almost exactly the same as the original iPad mini. All those versions of Apps would be usable on the new iPhone straight away with no re-compile or anything required. Bit of spare space above & below but this is exactly the same as when the iPhone moved to 16:9 for iPhone 5. I don't expect a move to 1080p as this would require a lot of work, but 768p... Seems likely

TheConciseStatement

January 24, 2014, 7:48 am

Well if this turns out to be true, as someone concerned about rolling back all the engineering progress of the early 2000s establishing mobile phones as a pocketable technology, this isn't the worst news. I was hoping the inevitable increase would be between 4.2 and 4.5", but I knew this was unrealistic given Android has shifted the marketplace so far into phablet territory (read small tablet - makes calls) that it'd still be considered as the budget end of the scale.The dealbreaker for me was breaching the 5" size, which I really think strays into mini tablet territory, and I would hate to see the iPhone sacrifice its single handed ergonomics or its pixel density.

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