iPhone 6 mockup (Martin Hajek 004)

Despite the fact that Apple added a 4-inch option to its iPhone lineup last year, many folks are still calling for the Cupertino company to produce a larger handset. Even outspoken billionaire Donald Trump says he’s in favor of a so-called ‘iPhablet.’

During a conference call last week, Tim Cook all but shot down the idea of a larger iPhone, saying that Apple is not willing to make the tradeoffs currently necessary for bigger screens. But according to a new report, that could change next year…

Speaking with Jefferies & Company analyst and managing director Peter Misek, the Financial Post reports:

 “Apple Inc. will likely launch a larger screen iPhone 6 in June 2014, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek. While this may seem like an eternity for fans of the popular smartphone, he explains the wait is due to the time required to transition the device’s display technology.”

That’s a pretty bold prediction, especially considering recent comments made by Apple’s chief decision-maker:

“We always strive to create the very best display. Some customers value large screen size. Others value other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, reflectivity, power consumption, compatibility of apps, portability.

Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.”

But as we’ve mentioned before, Cook’s ‘no larger display iPhone’ comments can be likened to those he made in 2011 regarding LTE handsets and pre-iPad mini comments on 7-inch tablets. He’s not really saying “no,” he’s just saying “not until we get it right.”

Interestingly enough, though, Misek’s prediction lines up with previous reports from DigiTimes and other outlets that say Apple is looking to launch a plus-sized iPhone in the summer of 2014, with a Retina display measuring just north of 5-inches diagonally.

As for this year, Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S, a familiar looking handset with performance improvements, an upgraded iSight camera, and fingerprint scanner. It was initially supposed to debut this summer, but recent chatter has it landing in the fall.

[iPhone 6 concept by Martin Hajek]

  • Analysts saw a larger iPhone coming last release too. I will only believe it when I see it!

    • They did make a larger iPhone….iPhone 5?

      • Analysts said the iPhone 5 was going to keep the same aspect ratio. Then the iPhone just became taller not wider as what was speculated for months.

  • I agree that 7″ tablets are dead on arrival the iPad Mini is the smallest size I believe a tablet should be, otherwise especially now you’ll just have a Phablet nonsense. I would like to see the iPhone go to 4.7 the most never 5″ plus that’s just stupid for a phone. A tablet should be a tablet and a phone a phone.

    • Markus Hudobnik

      YES! keep them separate

    • Kurt

      take a 5.5 inch phone, and compare it to a 9.7, or 10.1 inch tablet. Nothing alike.

      • bohlsey

        but try putting a 5.5″ phone towards the ipad mini

      • Kurt

        closer to the size of the iphone 5 than ipad mini

  • June? Sure, why not..

  • Anal… ysts

    • Kurt

      Of course you would notice anal

  • Boss

    make it wider (so an extra row of apps? lol) and the back like the 3GS design so it curves in your hands

    • Kurt

      HTC One? Aluminum is a poor choice. Go back to glass. and no more worries about scratches. If it falls and cracks, no problem since its easy to replace and cheap.

  • Adil Hussain

    Love the edge-to-edge display!!

    • Markus Hudobnik

      Looks pretty much like the galaxy…so i don’t like it.

    • Snarleyyow

      Two concerns I have.

      I’m not sure how adversely it will effect the likelihood of screen damage without a bezel – but I’d imagine it’ll be difficult to maintain its current strength in drop tests without a significant advancement in screen tech to compensate.

      Personnely I think it lacks character and all other manufacturers will copy it, making the iPhone indistinguishable from any other.

      Edit: Whoops, actually htc have already done it so my last point was off about the copying.

      • not a fan of edge to edge glass, I use a silicone case for my iPhone and that would just get in the way, would probably also decress the strength of the side walls of the phone

  • felixtaf

    Analysts are getting paid to predict this or they will get paid if they predict like this? Either way their predictions have no credibility untill we see the device!!!

  • Snarleyyow

    Edge to edge looks ugly to me. But I’m a fan of skuemorphism too. I wonder if my gran and my mum will be as able to pick up and use my older devices with the new (windows 8) flat design. Any loss of usability to give in to design fashion will be a step back and risks making ios unfriendly like android and windows. But I’m looking forward to seeing how Ive deals with the design pressures for something different whilst maintaining ios high standards of friendly usability.

    iPhone 5 is a little long for me to use perfectly one handed, but it is a good trade off for the benefits. Phablets seem a step back to me. What’s next, giant boom- box iPods.

  • I am waiting for larger screen

  • Lordthree

    Fools. This fad won’t effect Apple. Jefferies is always wrong about EvERYTHING. You shouldn’t even repeat their wild bullshit.

  • omri shtam

    analysts must stop smoking weed….

    • @dongiuj

      Nah, weed’s ok. It’s crack they’ve got to stop.

  • What I’m sure if apple doesn’t release this year the iphone 5s with 4.8 screen, procesator quadcore 2.0 ghz, camera 13 megapixel, front camera 4 megapixel and improve iOS 7 with all the best jailbreak tweaks from iOS 6 ….. If they don’t make something like this or better, I’ll move to Samsung for the galaxy s4

  • Kurt

    A stretched out, taller iphone 6? no thanks. Make it wider and taller!

    • Apple have always kept the aspect ratio similar if I’m not mistaken (If I am mistaken stop me right now as it means I have no idea what I’m saying

  • It would be great to see a larger iPhone but seeing is believing

  • I feel that’s unacceptable from Apple for iPhone user too wait for bigger screen. Apple saw this desire from its’ user in plenty of time and obviously just didn’t care – at this point, it’s go big or go home. Just being an iPhone is getting old!

  • Mike

    That design looks orgasmic,i would deffinitely buy it if that would be the new ios device,because im so tired of the home button,which breaks very fast,and its already too old,all the previous iphones have it,we need something new…a 4.3 inch screen,that would be great,not taller,but a little bit wider,but the back its awful,just a bit wider display with the same back aluminum case aspect of the iphone 5