Analyst: bowing to phablet trend, Apple’s iPhone 5S to come in three screen sizes

By , Apr 9, 2013

iPhone 6 mockup (Martin Hajek 001)

Apple’s rumored S-upgrade to its iPhone, the iPhone 5S, is assumed to arrive some time during summer, possibly shortly after Apple presumably announces it at its annual developers conference in June or July (the company hasn’t yet set the date for WWDC 2013). One analyst in a note issued to clients Tuesday wrote that supply chatter points to multiple screen sizes for the iPhone 5S in order to appeal to consumers who dig jumbo-sized handsets and improve its standing in the market…

Business Insider got hold of the note by Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White:

After our meeting with a tech-supply chain company, we walked away with the view that Apple will release the iPhone 5S in at least two screen sizes this summer and possibly three.

Essentially, we believe Apple is coming around to the fact that one size per iPhone release does not work for everyone and offering consumers an option has the potential to expand the Company’s market share.

White is on the seventh day of a tour of technology suppliers in China and Taiwan.

Last Friday, he wrote Asian suppliers told him that a next-generation iPhone should start at 4.5 inches, while five to 5.5 inches “would be optimal.”

I know what you’re thinking, who needs an Apple phablet, right?

It’s easy to dismiss phablets: even research firm Flurry dismissed phablets as “a fad.” It found that mobiles devices with screens between five and 6.9 inches diagonally account for only two percent of gizmos it observed during February 2013.

On the other hand, an IDC data proves sales of handsets five inches or bigger soared to 29.7 million units last year from 1.2 million a year earlier. Therefore, people are increasingly digging these large form-factor smartphones.

IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo told Bloomberg:

This is a trend that can’t be missed.

People are using smartphones in different ways now, consuming media by streaming over faster mobile networks.

A five-inch screen for a smartphone just feels right in the hand.

I think he’s onto something here and nearly half of you seem to agree with the analysts’ assessment.

I mean, recall if you will, when virtually everyone and their mother chastised pre-iPhone 5 reports signaling Apple for the first time might make the handset’s tiny 3.5-inch screen bigger.

iPhone 6 mockup (Martin Hajek 000)

Apple with the release of the iPhone 5 has obviously settled on four inches being the new gold standard for iPhones, though it’s not like the company is married to any particular screen size.

As for the next iPhone, evidence mounts that it’ll sport a fingerprint sensor and incorporate NFC tech, allegedly in order to facilitate a secure mobile payments solution dubbed iWallet.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal that Apple will be ramping up iPhone 5S production this quarter, meaning hardware has been finalized, and Morgan Stanley thinks the phone will have “a killer feature” of sorts.

Heck, summer can’t come soon enough.

So honestly, what screen size would you prefer for the iPhone 5S?

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    all i can say to apple is “Size does matter”

    • Boss

      That’s what she said

    • http://www.facebook.com/riza.sps Riza Sps

      It doesnt matter how big the size is
      If it doesnt have Endurance
      ( Big battery)

      • http://twitter.com/brooksbrooks104 brooks whiffen seale

        *Stamina

  • Zorvage

    Don’t do it Apple! Just get us the fingerprint sensor, A7, 12 megapixel camera, and a different look. Open source iOS, and yeah, a REVOLUTIONARY new iOS, with zephyr, NCsettings and Auxo..

    • http://andriyg.com/ AndriyG81

      12 megapixels, why? Open source from apple? Never! ;)
      Personally do not like large phones, if I need more screen space I will take tablet with me.

      • smtp25

        Its BS when people say “i’ll bring a tablet”, I have my iPad with me on the way to and from work but when I’m out at lunch I’m not lugging my iPad in case i need to send an email or look something up. I have the 4S and it is a pokey small screen, the iP5 is still not cutting it size was needs to be 4.3-4.8.

      • http://andriyg.com/ AndriyG81

        try to be a little less aggressive, I have no interest in BS anyone, I am not here to prove anything. Simply stating my opinion. About 95% of my email communication is done on my iPhone. I did not say you should work like that, that is why I had “personally” in a sentence.

    • s0me

      hey hey hey… snap out !

    • Chliii

      You have a better chance of getting a 5.5 inch screen. Lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leo-Rances-Garcia/1655143708 Leo Rances Garcia

    no more home botton

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      Try to play games (and other apps) after that… and you will miss the physical home button a lot. On my Android device (without physical buttons) the amount of unintentional quits is too damn high!

      • http://twitter.com/thomasgehman Thomas C. Gehman

        True that.

      • Kurt

        You’re just holding it wrong

    • Kurt

      at least change the shape. 7 years of the same thing, please no

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        But, but.. it’s a obvious shape! (says the industry…samsung, htc…and many others)

      • Rishabh Rana

        a product becomes revolutionary when it maintains simplicity and consistency….!!

  • http://twitter.com/HeitorStifler Heitor Castro 

    LOL, can’t stop laughing. Is this headline about Apple or Samsung?

    • Kurt

      Samsung created the trend. Which will keep increasing. Here it is hugely popular.

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      “Since Android needs a lot of power, we gave you the Quad and Eight Core! But now our Batteries drain so fast… so we need a new kind of batteries! But, to do that… we need a “BIGGER PHONE” .. Lets bring the PHABLETS!

      :Samsung logic:

      I really miss the old times where phones were meant to feet in our pockets…

      • http://twitter.com/HeitorStifler Heitor Castro 

        Agree

      • Daniel

        Can’t vote you twice.

      • Rishabh Rana

        dont worry samsung is planning to design jeans that can fit their phones in pockets… XD

  • @dongiuj

    Oh no no no. Can’t make a larger screen because it will follow android phones. Or is it ok because it’s apple?

  • Jerry

    So I see analysts start making idiotic stories when they have nothing to talk about

  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    Not all app have been updated to 4inch and they want to bring 2 more screen sizes

  • Chris

    I want a bigger screen! My friend has a note 2 and I’d love an iphone with that screen size!

    • smtp25

      I’m all for bigger screens but the note2 a bridge to far I reckon – thats a mini tablet with voice not a phone/phablet

    • Rishabh Rana

      go home chris….u r drunk !!

  • s0me

    4.8 would be great for me, the OS needs a new face.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401518347 Quvanny Fizz Gomes

      that’s what cydia for..

  • panther

    Hope Apple dont make the ipad mini their new iphone 5s its big enough as it is now. Just add a 14-16 mega pixel camara on both sides to stand out the competition. Add 1080p video in both sides, A7 chip, Imperium tweak and waterproof capabilities. I hate bulking up my iphone with my lifeproof cover but im not stupid i need all protection i can get.
    Apple if you want to really really really impress me get me face recognition unlock !!!

    • felixtaf

      I would say Apple can lose that 650$ they get from you rather to really really really impress you…

      • panther

        If they dont impress me then i will still rocking my iphone 4. If they impress me then they can charge me up to $900. Thats what i paid for my 32g factory unlock back in the day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    I highly doubt this would happen. Three screen sizes, each with three capacity sizes. Apple’s not going to make nine iterations of the same phone.

    • Hamish

      18 once you take into account black & white…

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        I’d forgot about the two colours

      • blu

        Or even more if they do multiple colors as rumored.

    • http://twitter.com/brooksbrooks104 brooks whiffen seale

      And the different carriers

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        I’m not sure each carrier needs a specific device. I think they’re all exactly the same until the first SIM card is placed in it which then locks the device to that network.

      • http://twitter.com/brooksbrooks104 brooks whiffen seale

        The verizon iPhone 4 (and maybe other iPhones) dont have a sim card slot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Oh they don’t? Huh, never knew that. I’m from the UK so all our’s have SIM slots

      • http://twitter.com/brooksbrooks104 brooks whiffen seale

        Yeah, but the 4S is a world phone.

  • felixtaf

    Am not a fan of big screen devices.. 3.5 – 4 inch screen is good enuf for me. But I wont say Apple shud not release a bigger screen device. There are plenty people out there who love big screen devices. We can see that in phablet sales figures. So, it will be better if Apple releases a big screen device (~5 inch).

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

    this story is a waist of bytes and electricity and human eyes site and fingers and everything..loll look at this line “Asian suppliers told him that a next-generation iPhone should start at 4.5 inches,” lololooolololooloololo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384316579 Byron C Mayes

    This on the heels of the study showing that “phablets” are ultimately the least popular size of device. No. Maybe a larger screen (not that it needs one) but not a phablet.

  • techNo

    uhm, i hope it is not just “taller.”

    • http://twitter.com/thomasgehman Thomas C. Gehman

      Said no woman. Ever.

  • http://twitter.com/Ben_Seiler Ben Seiler

    The bigger the better

    • http://twitter.com/thomasgehman Thomas C. Gehman

      Which is what she said.

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    We need a “analyst database website” with all the analyst name, like a wall of shame… because most of them fail so hard, predicting apple products!

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      Personally, I think this analyst must have been smoking crack. This is probably about as ridiculous as a spherical iPhone that can transport you to the moon

  • Chindavon

    I’m hoping for a 5″ screen. My 4S screen is just too small and I’m constantly on Flipboard all day long. A bigger screen for this would be a dream come true!

    • Kurt

      Larger screen is more enjoyable than our baby screens we have on our 4ses

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      Buy a iPad Mini. A phone is a phone, a tablet is a tablet. :)

      • Chindavon

        What point would that serve? Now I gotta carry two things in my pocket all day?

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        The question is: Can you carry a Phablet in your pocket?

      • Chindavon

        Most people=No. 5″ screen is not a Phablet. 5.5″ and above=Phablet.

  • cnoTe4

    4.5/4.7′

  • Nes

    Why did I buy an iPhone 5, again?

  • batongxue

    Hey, Scotty!…Jesus, man!
    How do they become the so called “Analysts”?
    I could definitely do better.

    • Kurt

      try it out…write your prediction here.

      • batongxue

        LOL, what I mean is any prediction should be better than what they had said. :)

  • Supafly_Boy

    Analysts have to be the most stupid smart people in the world!

  • Blake Anderson

    Actually, that phone doesn’t look half bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alsanona Hussain Alsanona

    Actually, I’d love my iPhone if it has a bigger screen it’s amazing experience though. However, screen bigger than 4.8″ I think it’ll be ridiculous.

  • Blake Anderson

    I would buy it in a heartbeat. Especially if its packing new sensors and a revamped iOS.

  • http://twitter.com/ZacHack Zac Ramirez

    that just looks like the stupid galaxy

  • panther

    Christian Zibreg I dont know if Jeff read my first impression of the “s” in one of the first blogs he did when the iphone 4s came out.
    I belive they took the name from slim or slimmer. At that time playstation 3 make the 2 edition console making it “slim”. Apple have been a part of playstation for a long time now. So my belive is that they took the idea from them.
    I mean every iphone since then it has become slimmer so for me it logic to think like that, right?

  • chris125

    If there is a change in screen size it wont be called the 5s. The s was always a minor upgrade mostly internal

  • chris125

    Unless they revamp the OS, larger screens on iphones are pointless. I mean if all you have is a grid of icons adding another row like they did with the 5 doesn’t really enhance anything. Yes for games and that it would be better but they need to revamp the OS to go with a larger screen size

    • smtp25

      larger screens on iphones, having more icons is pointless (organise things better), having more real estate means viewing more of a webpage at a time, bigger video picture, bigger screen to compose emails, and better games :)

      • chris125

        did you not read my comment? I said exactly what you said about games and webpages…

  • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

    4.5 inches seems about right, do away with the frame as much as possible, streamline the design further, edge to edge as much as possible please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002966838239 Muhammad Hussain

    good

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamil.mohammed.50 Jamil Mohammed

    YES YES YES !!! Finally this is the only reason I didnt get the iphone 5 being a regular customer since 3Gs then iphone 4 and currently 4s I want a bigger screen at least 5″ or more witn the retina display …will just look AWESOME !!!!