4.8-inch iPhone to debut in June?

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Rumours are afloat about a bigger iPhone, one that could be more competitive with the popular Samsung Galaxy S III and other, larger smartphones. The rumour alludes to a 4.8-inch iPhone, perhaps the iPhone 6, to be unveiled at Apple's June 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

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Below is a Google translation from the Chinese-language Commercial Times, which published the story on the possible next-generation iPhone:

Apple phone must land big counter-offensive, the industry pointed out that, led by "Californian" models iPhone new machine (tentative name the iPhone 5s and the iPhone the Math) leader, will be in June, the official launch of the new aircraft MasterCard are all, including a screen more than 4.8" iPhone's first large-size smartphone has become the key to Apple's reproduction glorious. The (A1 transferred A3 Version).

While it's the typical terribly translated sketchy rumour, it seems reasonable that Apple will finally get serious about taking on the larger-screen competition, as it did the 7-inch tablets with the iPad Mini last year. As we wrote in October about Apple's numbers:

As the market for mobile devices matures, however, Apple's devotion to its "less is more" and "we know better" product strategy can be counterproductive.

Apple's current smartphone revolves around one-handed usage, and the company will milk the iPhone 5 for profit and market share and hope for a perfectly timed replacement that repeats that formula within a year. But the popularity of larger screens has to be a factor that impacts how long Apple can ride the iPhone 5. If the majority of smartphones sold in 2013 have larger than 4-inch screens, Apple isn't going to miss the market opportunity by sticking too long with its one-handed phone design.

While Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt calculated that cumulative sales of the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 outpace those of the Galaxy S III and Note by 219 million to 131 million, the momentum is shifting.

Samsung's Galaxy S III sold more than 40 million units in the last seven months, and is averaging sales of 190,000 per day, according to the company. Analysts covering Apple estimate that the company will reports sales of around 47 million iPhones for the quarter ending 31 December 2012. However, Apple has reportedly recently cut orders roughly in half for iPhone 5 screens, due to decreased demand and increased competition from Samsung and other Android-based smartphones.

Apple may shed some light on the future of the iPhone when it reports its quarterly earnings on Wednesday.

Via CNET.com

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supamario posted a comment   

Apple would not reduce the lifespan of current case and add-ons for the iphone 5. each iphone design has a set life span before re-creation of a new design/exterior. if anything does get announced, it will be merely an incremental update, software and maybe internal hardware to the 5.
this of course stays on par with Steve jobs original plan to give customers what apple knows they need, not what customers think they need. i would have to say that Apple at present has surprised us before by breaking trend and releasing a smaller ipad, but seriously if a new design was to emerge it would be molding to the industry, eg. Samsung creating new designs every year, which still seems to work for them.
Not a fan boy of anything, just my opinion. :-D


eDDie posted a comment   

I doubt this will happen. Apple never changes a design straight after its previous, they won't do it, not this year. But maybe next year.
Apple's become lazy on the design side. I mean come on look at the iPad? I can't tell the difference between the iPad 2 and whatever iPad they're up to lmao.


trancedictive posted a comment   

Apple is no longer the inventor but now the follower!


Dunners posted a reply   

You could say that Apple is now a sheep


Restricted_access posted a reply   

What a silly comment. Unfortunately, your sarcasm failed. Apple has always been a follower - it did not invent computers, tablets music players or phones. What Apple does well is to make devices better. If it weren't for Apple, we probably wouldn't have the advanced smart phones and tablets that almost every now carries - there would still only be crappy Windows tablets with Windows CE or some other horrid OS that no-one wants.


Pining posted a reply   

What apple CAN do well is make devices better.
Unfortunately for them, Samsung can, and does, too. Samsung is currently making better devices than apple.
Apple refuse to admit it, while seeming following Samsung's devic changes.
It's been a fair while since pple made something REALLY better, despite what their marketing department would have the gullible believe.

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