Apple apostles will have to wait until next year to get their hands on the fabled iPhablet, an analyst at one of the world’s leading investment banks predicts, putting a major dent in hopes that the gadget-maker will deliver two handsets in 2013.
According to Glen Yeung of Citi Research, a division of banking behemoth Citibank, Apple has opted to postpone the release of the device he dubs the 'iPhone 6' until some time next year.
In keeping with previous rumours, Yeung also claims that the device will ditch the four-inch screen of the current-gen iPhone for a 4.8-inch display that brings it more in line with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
The good news, or at least better news, is that we will still get a new iPhone, namely the iPhone 5S, in 2013.
However, Yeung predicts that the mooted September due date for the iPhone 5S might be in jeopardy, with “field work in the hardware supply chain” indicating that production issues may mean the phone is “delayed by two to four weeks”.
What’s not clear is whether the iPhone 5S he refers to is an incremental update to the iPhone 5 – something its name certainly suggests. Or if said handset is the cheaper, plastic iPhone that some have claimed is incoming to enable Apple to take the challenge to Android in booming markets in the developing world.
Earlier this year, Tim Cook appeared to rule out an iPhone phablet in the short term when he intimated that Apple will not bring a larger screen-toting to market until it can be sure that the quality of its Retina display can be maintained with larger form factors.