Apple will supersize the iPhone next time around, it has been claimed, as it responds to consumer demand for larger smartphones that muddy the line between handsets and tablets.
In a research note to investors, Jefferies & Co. analyst Peter Misek forecasts that the iPhone 6 will be larger than its current iteration and more in keeping with Android kits from the likes of HTC and Samsung.
Although principally focussed on imparting grave-faced financial advice (it seems now is a good time to buy if you’ve got greenbacks sitting idle, breadheads), Misek noted in passing that the handset will pack a screen not far shy of five inches.
He wrote: “Despite still seeing risk to CQ4 and FY13 revs, we now believe better [gross margins] will allow Apple to skate by until iPhone 6 launches with its 4.8-inch screen.”
"We est(imate) 50% of smartphone shipments have 4-inch screens and that iPhone 6 will catalyse (sic) a large upgrade cycle. The stock is attractive based on the attitude change, FY15 revs >+15%, and valuation.”
Apple is known to have been experimenting with different, larger screen sizes for some time, with some tech-watchers initially forecasting that the iPhone 5s would see the arrival of the first iPhablet.
Under Steve Jobs’s stewardship, the tech giant shunned big displays on the grounds that to adopt them would require too many compromises to the phone’s user experience.