iPhone 5S and 5-inch iPhone 6 reportedly spotted at Apple supplier

By , Feb 8, 2013

larger iphone 6 mockup

The rumor mill has been on fire over the past 2 months with talk of Apple’s next-generation handsets. And so far there’s been 3 recurring theories: an iPhone 5S, a ‘budget’ iPhone for emerging markets, and an iPhone 6 with a larger 4.9-inch display.

Well today we’re adding another point for the first and last theories. A new report out of China claims that both a familiar-looking iPhone 5S, and an all new iPhone 6 with a near-5-inch display have been spotted in one of Apple’s supplier factories…

Investor site BrightWire (via MacRumors) translates the report from Chinese mobile site Laoyaoba.com:

“A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple’s suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website’s microblog on Thursday evening. The source noted that the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5, and the five-inch iPhone 6 is lighter and thinner.”

Normally, we’d rank a rumor like this in the ‘crazy’ category. But this is, at least, the fourth report we’ve heard this year claiming that Apple is working on a larger handset. Digitimes, China Times, and iLounge all say that a near 5-inch iPhone is in the works.

In fact, the supply chain chatter has gotten so loud that folks have started speculating on how Apple could go about increasing the iPhone’s display size without causing further fragmentation in iOS. This scenario in particular has garnered a lot of attention.

Of course, none of this guarantees that we’ll see a larger iPhone anytime soon. The aforementioned reports are pretty foggy on the handset’s release date, bouncing between later this year and 2014. We’ll hold our excitement until we start seeing part leaks.

We are pretty confident, though, that we’ll see the iPhone 5S this year. The device is said to look almost exactly like its predecessor, and feature a higher resolution iSight camera and other internal updates. And we could see it as early as mid-summer.

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  • http://twitter.com/iMosa3da iMosa3da

    I don’t think Apple is going to announce a 5″ iPhone later this year. It’d be a totally bad product.

    • Gerard Hampton

      yeh they will drag out the smaller screens for as long as they can for the suckers that think 5″ is too big.

      • http://twitter.com/toumi2 Mounir Toumi

        I’m one of those suckers ^_^ , I don’t want a tablet, I want a phone :)

      • Kurt

        -1
        5″ inches is a far cry from a tablet

      • http://www.facebook.com/Nasser1510 Nasser Cedeño

        Me too Man. I Dont Want A Table. That’s going to Be . Too Big :/

      • G Mohal

        hey suckers! If u read an article again there will be iphone 5S (4″) for u people and Iphone 6 (5″) for us who like large screen. SO stop crying.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        You are, indeed, a sucker. You don’t know what you’re missing out on. (1 androidauthority com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/iphone-vs-Samsung-galaxy-S31.jpg)

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Lol. Always like ur posts.

      • Qiren_94

        Yeah, I’m one of those “suckers” that wants a phone in my pocket. Not a freaking clipboard.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Umm, 5″ is far from big. Must have baby hands.

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        I could not imagine having a 5 Inch screen. even the 4″ Screen my thumb can barley reach the top left corner and I got big ass hands. I bet the 5″ would feel very cumbersome. The iPhone 5 is perfect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lord.cthulhu Anthony Aaron Anderson

        For me, it has nothing to do with hands. Using large devices isn’t the problem, it’s storing them. I’m not sure one would easily, and comfortably fit in my pocket. But I’ve never owned a huge device, so I’m not sure. My friend has a note 2. And I’ve been meaning to try his phone out, but haven’t gotten around to it. So I don’t know if a 5″ phone is for me, but I’m certainly not opposed to the idea of one.

      • http://profiles.google.com/preetvarunsingh PREETVARUN SINGH

        I’m also one of those suckers :p who wants phone to remain phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1509222008 Brandon Helton

        To big for me as well. After using a S3 and taking it in and out of my pocket it is just a bit to big. I do like it though for video and games just not handling/pockets.

  • http://twitter.com/iSamurai Kyle Cherry

    I sure hope not. Too big.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Lol, they’re already going against their words of the iPhone 5 being not just bigger, but just right. Thought they’ll at least wait for Tim Cook to pass away. Hopefully they also go against their words of a MacPad being a toaster and a refrigerator in one.

    • Gerard Hampton

      lol just like the ipad mini and mr jobs.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    If they want to do it right, apple should release 2 models yearly: a small 4″ one and a large one. This way they won’t alienate their current user base and gain new customers and market share at the same time. I would probably stick with the smaller one if the price is right. My 2 cents.

    • Kurt

      I’d go for the 5 incher, but I’m sure it will again lack features and wont compare to the note, so I’m not holding my breath.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

        You took the words right of my mouth! i was really wanting to switch thanks to jailbreaking but i cant go back as far as my note 2 screen size :P :)

      • Kurt

        How do you like your note 2? Can you use any app in split screen? Or just Samsung’s apps? It’s been a long time since I was able to have an extra battery. So I’m looking forward to having as much juice as I want without any worries. A friend of mine has a iphone 4S with the battery problem. I feel bad for her as by 3pm, she is at 20-25% battery left!

    • http://www.facebook.com/JusR23 Justin Rowe

      That’s a great idea, if only Apple would go for that.
      I’d be in the 4″ class as I prefer the size of the iPhone 5 over say the size of the Galaxy S3.

      • iospixel

        I think the first 5 inch phone from apple, if there is one it has to be edge to egde screen, I know the home button is a staple of iOS and its user experience but Im sure they figure this into tap function when locked. Moving the home button to the side of the device (oO Shock!) would allow users to operate the home button without stretching on a bigger device…

  • http://twitter.com/Alatoerka Alatoerka

    I hate rumors after purchasing a new iPhone..
    It let me feel that i bought an old iPhone that is not cool anymore in couple of months..

    • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

      its exactly that, a RUMOR take it with a grain of salt, then when something is released, then you may feel butthurt :/

  • http://twitter.com/rahulcena5565 Rahul Srivastava

    NO signs od iOS7

    • http://twitter.com/gltch486 Matt

      Not until WWDC.

      • Ronald Weaver

        true

    • Kurt

      It will be like iOS 6. just a few minor things no one really cares for. But I’m hopeful they will do something drastic so the OS is as good as Android’s. But…this is Apple.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ios needs a big change… its soo damn boring

      • Dan

        Yeah seriously, I was excited about the change from IOS 4 to IOS 5, but IOS 6 is redundant imo. They need to stop playing it safe and take some risks, innovate!

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    Why? A 5″ screen encroaches on the iPad mini. I think that the 4″ screen is pushing it.

    • http://twitter.com/gltch486 Matt

      I’ve always liked the 3.5″ from the start, but the more I look at the iPhone 5′s 4-inch screen, the more I’m looking to upgrade next week.

  • http://twitter.com/gltch486 Matt

    Of course there are going to be rumors about a cheap iPhone and a 5″ screen iPhone – Apple is going to want to look at prototypes before going to manufacturing. I saw rumors after the 3G was released that Apple was looking at physical slider keyboards.

  • BoardDWorld

    I would love to see the iPhone 5 that everyone thought the 4S was going to be. That would be an exciting phone. Sleek & edge to edge screen, slight tear drop, everyone was excited about it. Every iPhone after the 4 has been a let down. iPhone 5 doesn’t excite me one bit, stretched out of shape looking thing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      its a performance monster.. jalbreak makes it damn perfect

    • Ronald Weaver

      I agree i have had every iphone up to this point and i didn’t by it. I was gonna until i saw the screen. Apple has just been dragging out there tech for the last three years. I cant blame em because everyone keeps buying them. But look at the mini. There was no reason it should not have been retina.

  • Carl Qiu

    i guess apple try to beat the size of samsung galaxy notes phone LOLZ

  • JoblessGuy2

    How does he know that the iPhone is lighter if he has only seen it?

    • Kurt

      Because he made it all up.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    5″ iPhone would be sweet. So please, one of u naysayers explain why it wld b such a bad idea. Eh, forget it, I cld rlly care less. Spare us all ur convoluted logic.

    • Kaptivator

      Because some of us just want a phone to go in our pockets…Convoluted logic? Whats difficult to follow about people wanting just a phone and not something the size of a females wallet in their pocket? I don’t need something that size sitting in the breast pocket or pants pocket of my damn suit!!! Anything I can’t do on my phone, I grab my iPad. If that don’t cut it, I go to the MBP. What’s so spectacular about 5″ in your pocket?

      • therealjjohnson

        Honestly though lets say the mock up above holds true…you dont think that phone can fit in your pocket? People i know with galaxy S4′s dont seem to have issues putting there phones in there pocket. I think its time for everyone to let that excuse go.

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        Wow thats interesting, seeings how the Galaxy S4 has not even been released yet….Put your flippers on the BS is getting DEEP. Unless its March 15, 2013 already…….Your full of it.

      • Kaptivator

        Can it fit in my pocket…Yes. Can it fit in my pocket comfortably… Probably not. Suit pants pocket or slacks, I wouldn’t even try it because of the bulge that it would create (knowing someone that returned his Samsung because of it). Belt clips are much like fanny packs…Just a no, no for me. I have more suits and slacks than jeans. So for you to ask about my pockets…you must first know the type of pockets my phone will be in before you advise for that excuse to be “let go”. Not everyone on this blog wares jeans daily. No…I didnt down your comment. Just saying that some of us just want a phone because we have other tools for everything else.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Do u honestly even realize how minimally bigger than the iPhone 5 a 5″ screened iPhone wld b. Ur pocket wldnt even kno the difference. Most of you naysayers don’t even kno wht the fck ur babbling about.

      • Kaptivator

        Yes I realize it. That’s one of the reasons that I didn’t pull the trigger on the 5. I’m not one to bust nuts over screen size. Like I said in earlier post…If I need more real estate, I go to the iPad. My question to you sir; Why do you need a larger phone screen when they are other options out there to use? Shit before you know it cell phone manufactures will just go back to the box cell phones that you had to carry on your shoulder. Its not the naysayers that don’t know what we are talking about. Its just that we are probably more productive with our cell phones than “some” of you (not you directly) that just want a bigger screen to watch movies, play games and shit like that all day. Ooooh..look at the size of my screen..Seriously?!?!?!

      • Ronald Weaver

        I agree 100%. Most people here have Iphone and think that if its anything else its not as cool or something. I have more apple products than anyone i know and i can honestly say iPhone is behind the times. Are they reliable yes. Are they built well yes. But do they have the most cutting edge features NO. Do they have a cutting edge design NO. This year they were out done by Samsung and LG. Will they catch up i pray.

      • therealjjohnson

        Clearly I meant galaxy S3 as the phone has the same size almost as the rumored new iPhone. Don’t be a dic…

      • Kaptivator

        Wasnt me that replied correcting you about the S4. Look before you leap, man.

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        What’s so spectacular? The fact tht it wld fit in my pocket just as easily as my 4″ iPhone 5. Tsssss..

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        if apple can keep the case small but make screen big thats great

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Rite. And just because some of u just want a phone to easily slip in ur pocket doesn’t make a 5″ iPhone a bad idea as most of u have implied.

      • Kaptivator

        Naaah..Not saying that its a bad idea..Maybe just not ideal for my taste. Just hope that they keep the size of the 4/4s around for ppl that share my views.

  • Daniel

    I’m one of those who like 3.5 inch iPhone. And 5 inch with superior all-new design with features first of its kind – will also like.

    I hope they won’t make the same mistake offering the same old and boring, but “tinier and lighter”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i hope not also

    • Kurt

      All new design it wont be. The front will look like what came out in 2007 just bigger. And the sides, will like the like iphone 4. and the back? The same as 2007 again.

  • http://twitter.com/1DJTinyT DJ Tiny T

    All of you who say you don’t want the iPhone w 5″screen are BS’er you’ll be the first ones to get it. Sh*t I know I will. I’ve been waiting for a phone like that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1509222008 Brandon Helton

      Even though i say I do not want a bigger one you are probably 100% right on this matter.

    • blu

      I won’t. I personally am not crazy about the length of my iPhone 5.
      I used my sisters S3 for a few days and it drove me nuts having that big of a phone in my pocket.
      The 3gs was the perfect pocket phone, nice curved edges that slide in and out of your pocket and not too bulky. The 4/4s is OK, but the sharper edges vs the 3g/3gs make it a little harder to take out IMO.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        i agree.. but iphone screen have always been slightly too small … the five should been proportionally bigger not just taller..

      • http://twitter.com/e420kush e420Kush

        the 5 is super thin and not bulky at all. Even with a thin case on it, its no bigger than a stock 4S without a case. I think a 5 inch phone will be too big too tho.

      • blu

        No complaints about the 5′s “bulk” or width, just length. My 3gs fit in my shirt picket just fine, the 5 sticks out a little now. A 5 inch phone would be even worse.

  • http://twitter.com/1DJTinyT DJ Tiny T

    I hope the rumors are true but like it said I don’t expect it now hopefully soon though

  • Matthew

    5S this year. I have no doubts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      and i have no cares we all know what “S” bring to iPhone

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        oooh more speed…lol phone5 with jailbreak is more than fast enough as is

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        we are at the point where speed has peaked. camera has peaked also for what most consumers want in a phone camera

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Speed has peaked? I think not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        dude the iphone 5 is fast as hell for what it can do…

      • 4p0c4lyps3

        Um, rlly. I never said it was slow by any measure. And it cld always b faster. Chips will continue to become faster, more power efficient.

      • Ronald Weaver

        I like the fact you think with a open mind.

  • seyss

    the Chupacabra was also spotted in the wild…….

  • batongxue

    4.7 inches would be good

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i agree with this..

    • Milo

      That’s why we have the HTC M7

  • Dan

    I don’t care what anyone says, if they come out with a 5” iPhone (actually 5” and not just taller), AND it’s jailbreakable, I”ll be selling my GS3 and getting that bad boy asap.

    • Ernie Marin

      if it’s an apple it can 20″ and even I would get it, for me it’s about quality and I see Apple as better quality than Samsung, but I still think going to 5″ is too much and unnecessary, instead they should focus on IOS, even after 6 years It’s as if it has never changed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        10000% true

      • Dan

        Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’ll buy anything that’s apple (I skipped on the iPhone 5), but since I wanted bigger screen (got the GS3), I’d be inclined in getting a 5” iPhone.
        I agree 100% that the IOS needs to be reworked. That’s why I’m torn at the moment, I love the functions I get on my GS3, but I find myself missing the polish of IOS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      90% of android owners agree with you

      • http://www.facebook.com/sanil.chitrakar Sanil Chitrakar

        90% of isheeps reply like you.

  • Ernie Marin

    5″ is too large, can’t fit into a pocket, you would need both hads to operate instead of just one, app sizes would be huge, just for 4″ they al almost 1.5to 2 gb, I think this trend of larger smartphones was just started by Samsung to try and compete with the iphone 4, but it’s getting out of control, they really need to think if this is what we really want, or just another was for them to attack each other, after all regardless of how Apple shares are doing, we are still buying them and so far the least thing people have complained is the screen size.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      actually i kind of agree.. i recently switched over to my iphone5 due to the jailbreak and it is definitely take some getting accustomed to the taller screen lol.. its not a bad thing just noticeably more work to operate so i can imagine what a 5″ er will be like

      • http://twitter.com/FoundTP FoundTP

        Try going back to the 4 or 4s after using the 5.

        Itll be like playing with an ancient flip phone. I can imagine the same would happen after playing around with a 5incher for awhile.

      • Max Harris

        Most of my buddies who have Iphone 5 are planning to defect to the dark side and get the galaxy 3. Apple need to move with the times and produce a bigger screen hand set or risk Galaxy sweeping them aside. My iphone looks like doggie doo compared to the Galaxy! Steve Jobs we miss you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.wayman.7 Craig Wayman

    5″??????? Am I the only one who things that bigger is worse??? I thought Apple did good with the iPhone 5 making the screen bigger but not too big but I hate GS3′s because they are so big….. That’s why you get tablets.

    • Kaptivator

      You are not the only one…

  • http://www.facebook.com/shingo.hoshino Shingo Hoshino

    anything beyond/bigger than 4.5″ is a brick as it will not very confy to put inside normal jeans pocket….

  • http://twitter.com/kennyyan88 kenny yan

    remember Steve jobs said that before “no one like hummer “”apple please wake up and think !!!!

  • MrShutEmDown

    as long as the iphone 6 stays with 6.1 so I can still keep my jailbreak I’m all for it..

  • http://twitter.com/AbdullahAdhami Abdullah Adhami

    so, what will be the diffrence between the mini ipad abd iphone 6 ! !
    hey there, is this an iPhone or mini iPad

  • Ben

    Can you imagine what would happen if they dropped the iPhone 5′s 4″ screen and went back to a 3.5″ screen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.merjanian.1 Rich Merjanian

    I want a 5″ iphone so bad!

  • Africanking

    Nice to those who got a 4′ inch size penis. Your next iPhone generation will add 5 more inches to that. Just slide in your dress pants pocket and tha ladies will follow you. Good luck

  • http://twitter.com/FadiJabbour1 Fadi Jabbour

    apple just trying to catch up.
    2 iphones with 4″ and 5″ screen, that was the plan for Samsung, LG, Motorola, HTC …….. for 2012

  • Daniel

    You know what? I started like this rumors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

    I’m not buying new clothes so I can stick a 5-inch device inside my pockets. Don’t even bother, Apple. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamess0000 Jaime Alan Mendez Castro

    the prolema of an 5 inch phone is that i couldt use it on an exam :p

  • gully

    i don,t like iphone 5 its just like iphone 4s so i didn,t changed my iphone 4s.
    some people says its bigger than iphone 4s but it,s not….. same screen just taller and not widder ? but fact is iphone 4s widder other wise no change ? apple company should not fool those people who loves iphone i m very desipointed by apple i was waiting for a long time for iphone 5 and finnaly i recieve same thing ohhh grow up apple ? same camera no new about iphone 5 and now i will wait for iphone 6 let,s see what,s new about it

  • Jordi Bull

    if apple puts 5” on the iphone 6 , before you know it it will turn into a tablet !!!

  • Josh Sines

    Why wouldn’t apple want to release something to compete with the note 2? I and many others switched to android from apple for the screen size and all the functions the note 2 that I phone doesn’t offer