There has been a lot of speculation about the highly anticipated Apple’s next-generation iPhone, its specs and date release. According to the recent reports from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei, the new iPhone is expected to be launched somewhere in the early September, with higher resolution and bigger screens.
The new handset, expected to be called the iPhone 6, is to come in two versions with a 4.7- or 5.5-inch screen, both bigger than the current iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S four-inch screens. Apple is the only major phone manufacturer with a screen that small, as the latest flagship Android phones from Samsung and HTC have five-inch screens.
However, earlier this week, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich claimed that the 4.7-inch version might be the only model to launch later this year, with a timeframe for the larger 5.5-inch version unclear. Some reports have suggested the iPhone 6 will have a flexible screen, while it has also been rumoured that Apple will ditch the home button.
Nevertheless, an alleged leaked document of what is believed to be a schematic of the iPhone 6 provides further hints that an Apple smartphone could be introduced in the 5.5-inch range.
As spotted by BGR, a diagram posted on a Chinese website and later popped up on French blog Nowhereelse.fr — which often has a solid track record for getting leaked tech products photos ahead of launches — reveals the dimensions for the iPhone 6, or at least one of the models.
The length of the possible iDevice is 5.9 inches and the width comes in at 3.3 inches, a significant jump in size over the current iPhone 5S that featured 4.87 x 2.32 inches.
Stepping into the 5.5-inch size would represent Apple’s first foray into larger handsets, often referred to as “phablets.” Samsung kicked off the bigger smartphone market in 2011 when it announced the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note phone. Other manufacturers such as HTC, Nokia and LG rolled out similar sizes soon after, says Mashable.
The Cupertino tech-giant is ordering its higher-resolution liquid crystal display screens from Sharp’s Kameyama factory, Japan Display’s Mobara plant, and elsewhere, according to sources. LG Electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset’s display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.
Brian Marshall at ISI said this would be the “mother lode” of upgrade cycles for Apple. The new iPhones, with their larger screens, will be significantly different from older models, and as a result Marshall expects big sales to existing customers.
The Nikkei information comes after Taiwan’s Commercial Times said this month that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. had started producing chips for the next iPhone. That news fired speculation that Apple is reducing its reliance for parts on South Korean giant Samsung, its main competitor in the mobile phone market and a bitter rival with which it is contesting several copyright court battles globally, writes LiveMint.
The iPhone 6 is also set to be the slimmest yet, coming in at just 6mm thick. That should clip 1.6mm off the iPhone 5 and make the iPhone 6 half the thickness of the iPhone 6. Such a skinny new iPhone could also see Apple give it a whole new name, with reports suggesting it could be called the iPhone Air.