iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 004)

There have been numerous attempts at envisioning what Apple’s next iPhone might look like, especially as the likes of Reuters and The Wall Street Journal jumped on the iPhablet bandwagon calling for two new large-screened iPhones, one with a 4.7-inch display and the other rocking a screen that seemingly measures at least five inches diagonally.

A new report by the rather accurate Japanese blog Macotakara now claims that the upcoming iPhones will expand on rather than replace the current four-inch four factor offered by the iPhone 5/5s/5c, with the bigger model classed as a phablet…

Citing a trusted source, the report alleges that the device’s external design borrows cues from the unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c, stuff like its button design, the holes on the bottom of the handset for speaker and microphone and the rounded back appearance.

But don’t worry, it presumably won’t have the plastic back.

In addition, the story goes on to claim that Apple has apparently settled on screen sizes for the two new iPhones: one will have a 4.7-inch display and measure at 14 by 7 centimeters, with the larger model measuring at 16 by 8 centimeters and offering a sizable 5.7-inch screen.

The larger device won’t be a replacement for the existing iPhone 5c.

green iPhone 5c front and back

Both should be 7mm thick, about half a millimeter thinner than the iPad Air.

Due to its thinness, the larger model is thought to incorporate the slightly protruded camera design akin to the fifth-generation iPod nano music player. However, the report alleges that the device could be slightly expanded to 7.5mm thick in order to do away with the unsightly protrusion on its back.

Before you jump straight to the comments, let me just point out that Tim Cook’s Apple has had no issues whatsoever expanding the iPad family with a smaller iPad, a device Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs vehemently opposed to.

Should Apple indeed add two new iPhones to the family, the lineup will be comprised of four inch, 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch units. And if history is an indication, the only difference between these devices will be the screen size, simplifying choices for consumers.

This is how iPads are purchased these days: both the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display now share exactly same internals, the only difference being the screen size. With the original iPad mini, one had to carefully consider the trade-offs as the device offered sub-par hardware compared to full-size models.

I’d like to hear your position on this story.

If you were Apple, would you simply kill four-inch iPhones and replace them with bigger models? Or, would customers be better served if Apple expanded the four-inch models with a pair of iPhablets?

  • Matt

    I just hope the back won’t be curved like for example the htc one. I like the One but can’t stand curved backs. Keep it simple, straight, and beautiful.

    • grumpyfuzz

      In my opinion, curved backs on phones feel much nicer in the hand.

      • Brandon Weidema

        one of the older ipod touch models had a curved back and it drove me insane when it was set on a table

      • grumpyfuzz

        I guess both of them have their advantages ;P



      • grumpyfuzz

        Why not both? And also, your caps lock button may be broken 😉

    • Kartik Dhawan

      True, curved back phones kill when they vibrate on a table

    • ok heh

      You’re holding it wrong.


  • Adham

    Having multiple phone sizes won’t be bad for Apple. It caters to a larger variety of users and gives Apple a better chance at targeting consumers.

    Really I just hope the internals are a sizeable upgrade from the 5s. The 4s to 5 jump was disappointing.

  • Matheus Lisboa

    If there isn’t a 4 inch screen version, I won’t feel inclined to buy it

  • Abdl

    I dont really care about the phone size so far it doesnt exceed 4.5″. Just improve the freeking battery!!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I hope the 5.7 inch one has a bigger battery…if not then I might have to go 4.7. But I’m “Note envy” so I would like the 5.7, but we’ll have to see the internals. They might do what the Galaxy Mega does which is large screen, ok internals. I hope not, but we’ll see.

    • Zachary Sloane

      I agree too. Every time I see my friends Note II and he’s watching video, I look at my iP5 and cringe. If the 5.7 is really thin, I might jump on that size as well.

    • Eric Ortiz

      the 5.7 will probably have a bigger battery but we probably won’t tell a difference cause the larger screen will take the extra battery power.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Yeah I’m thinking something will have to give.

  • n0ahcruz3

    And has 720p res with 320ppi 5mp camera A7 chip. U know old hardware to compensate with the price. ;P

  • Ted Forbes

    Many iPhone sizes would be best. Let the customers decide.

  • Now it’s just starting to look like the LG Flex

  • I hope it won’t have a curved back, maybe will be like a MB air, with a wedge shape.

  • Mescudi

    Hopefully the back won’t be plastic.

  • jack

    All I need: Bluetooth file transfer and a breakthrough battery. Apple should make a Project Manhattan for a new battery ASAP.

  • Jon20

    I think it’s a good business move on Apple’s part because it gives customers the option to choose between screen sizes, which in turn expands their customer base greatly. I think they will go with the iPod touch look because it does flow with the iPad Air/Mini line. The 4.7″ sounds like enough for me but I am curious about that 5″+ category. The GS5 is 5″ and that is pretty nice but that “Note” sure is a sight to see. An iPhone that size would be cool to see.

  • Antzboogie

    Im excited for sure. 4.7 seems a bit big but we’ll see.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    I think we will see a design change but not screen size. Most rumours predict things like the fingerprint scanner and we don’t get it that year but instead it comes in a few years time.

  • Straightshoota

    I think they could introduce a new phones and keep the 5c but give it an A7 chip making their lineup all 64-bit

    • Benjamin J Schwartz

      All devices will likely be 64bit. It allows apple to consolidate their OS development and at the same time draws a line in the sand for upgrade paths for older devices. The only issue here is that they still sell the 4S, which means support for that device will likely persist through iOS9

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    I think keeping the internals the same and differentiating only the screen size is an excellent idea. Most if the women I know don’t men a large phone. Even among the men, only us geeks are okay with a giant phone.

  • Jay Mac

    Am I reading too much into this line of the original article?

    “There will be a possibility of the high-end model of iPhone 5c series at next term iPhone of a large-scale screen…”

    high end model of the 5c? so maybe they won’t do what they did with the iPad air and iPad mini. does anyone think they might put the 5S internals in the new screen sizes and keep the 4inch as the flagship? again, i have no clue and i could be reading way too much into it *haha

  • Andrew Haray

    I think three options is unnecessary. A large option and a small option. The middle option isn’t necessary unless they plan to solely use it as a sales tactic. Ie raise the price on that one to make the larger/smaller seem like a better deal.