Nikkei: Apple to launch 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone as early as September

By , Mar 27, 2014

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Japanese news outlet Nikkei threw its weight behind a popular rumor today, reporting that Apple’s next-gen iPhone will come in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch models. The theory that the company is working on two new larger-sized handsets has been reiterated several times over the past 6 months.

Citing sources within Apple’s supply chain, Nikkei says that manufacturers have already begun making components for the new smartphones, like fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers, and Sharp, Japan Display and LG will begin mass-producing their panels as early as April…

Here’s more from the Nikkei report:

Manufacturers have apparently begun making such components as fingerprint sensors and chips for liquid-crystal drivers. Mass production of LCD panels will start as early as the April-June quarter at Sharp’s Kameyama factory, Japan Display’s Mobara plant, and at other facilities, according to sources. LG Electronics will supply panels as well. The new handset’s display resolution is expected to be significantly higher than that of current models.

A lot of the information here matches up with previous reports. Macotakara said last fall that LG Display would be making iPhone 6 display panels with a resolution of 1920×1080 and a ppi of 440. And earlier this month we heard a similar account from well-known supply chain insider Sonny Dickson.

We still know very little about Apple’s new handset, as details outside of the display have been fairly scarce and inconsistent. It’s believed to be slimmer than the current-gen model, with a refreshed design and an A8 processor, and other reports have called for an 8MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM and more.

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  • Sokrates

    Lookin’ good! First mockup which could actually become real.

    • Jeffrey

      that’s because it’s only the front, and the front of the iPhone has almost always been the same… *SIGH*

    • jack

      what happened to the downvote button…..

      • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

        They still count but they don’t show anymore.

  • Tom

    I think that the current screen size is perfect!

    • websyndicate

      Good thing its only what you think.

      • Rak S

        Most people don’t need extra screen real-estate. In practical terms, what would most people do with it? Maybe watch a show on a commute to work or maybe the maps app?

      • therealjjohnson

        What do you mean what would you do with it? You would just look at it. And it would be bigger. Same thing with an iPad. Same content but just in a bigger format.

      • Rak S

        An iPad has a significantly different usage pattern, due to its extra size, compared to an iPhone.
        If you could make calls with in iPad, would you carry it around?
        A phone should be portable and, whilst a 0.8″ increase sounds marginal, it crosses to “too large” threshold for me, and most people.

      • therealjjohnson

        I tend to disagree. And I actually do make calls using my iPad via FaceTime audio. I use either my headphones or the Bluetooth speaker that usually sits on my desk. That being said, the “what will people do with the extra space” seems a little odd because like you just said it’s only 0.8 inches. People will use it the exact same way they use it now. They will just be able so see more data, make watching videos a tad mor pleasurable, and possibly make the editing of videos in the cancer roll not as frustrating with the little dragger at the top.

      • Rak S

        What you’re saying makes sense, but I would suggest that a 5.5″ iPhone takes the “mobile” out of “mobile phone.”
        When I spoke about the extra space, I just meant that the additional 0.8″ would not yield much extra (in terms of user experience) for the average person.
        The 5.5 would be more “niche” without adding much extra value or being more exclusive. It would confuse the product line imo.

      • Royce Otero

        There are a lot of people out there with huge hands and fingers. A bigger iPhone is better for them… Beaaaatch

      • Rak S

        LOL. iPhone – big hands edition!
        That sounds like a great idea… Biiiiiiaaaatch!

      • blastingbigairs

        Do you have a problem with having choices bro????? So sick of hearing people worrying about if Apple introduces a bigger screen. If you don’t want a bigger screen then DON’T BUY IT!!!!

      • Rak S

        LOL… It won’t happen so none of us will have the choice…BRO!

      • blastingbigairs

        And you know this how????? Where did you get your crystal ball, and how much was it???

      • Rak S

        Look at Apple’s product release history and their strategy to date… It’s not rocket science.

      • blastingbigairs

        4.7″ yes, any bigger I am skeptical too. I guess we will both see very soon.

      • Andy

        A bigger screen means it’s easier for some people to read the text on screen. Apps optimized for the new higher resolution will also be able to take advantage of the extra screen estate. It’s obvious that people want larger screen sizes – it’s one of the most important factors when buying a phone and for Apple, it’s also one of the reasons why many people haven’t bought an iPhone due its 4″ screen.

      • Rak S

        I’m pretty sure the iPhone 5 has done just fine with its 4″ display. Sales suggest so.
        A 4.7″ display is acceptable to most people, but a 5.5″ is just too big imo.

      • Andy

        Yes, a 4.7″ or even a 5″ is acceptable, for me anyway. And the iPhone has always sold well regardless of its screen size – I know I bought an iPhone because of the apps, not because of its size. The point I was trying to make was, they could actually sell more iPhones if they offered different sizes to fit the needs of different people. For example, not everyone has perfect eyesight.

      • Tom

        iPad mini.

      • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

        iPad mini is for people who have mini smart phones. They need two devices. I have a phablet so I only need one device.

      • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

        Most people don’t need smart phones. Little smart phones are inferior to larger ones. One important fact is battery life!

      • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

        Seriously, right now I am looking at the HTC M8 but I am willing to wait for apple to make a phone with a large screen.

      • sanil chitrakar

        I would suggest you to stop waiting and go get what you want. Newer model of android device are way more smarter phone than iphone and obviously you can have the pleasure of bigger screen.
        I waited for more than a year and finally gave up. Now i realize iphone is not the smartest phone on the market.

  • Virus

    September is too far wished they released in June

    • Jonathan

      *April

      • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

        **Today

      • http://twitter.com/renniih Renii

        Haven’t you seen? It was released yesterday.

      • Jonathan

        *2013

  • butterfield

    God, I hope Apple remembers there are plenty of us who have no interest in those big, ugly phablets!

    • Tony Trenkle Jr.

      4.7 isnt a phablet…

      • Rak S

        5.5″ is though.

      • Matt

        That’s why you get a choice

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Well don’t buy that one then…simple!

      • blastingbigairs

        Thank you!!!!!

  • Steve R.

    If Apple were to do a 4in, 4.7in, and 5.5in iPhone, I think mostly everyone would actually be happy

    • Jeffrey

      not everyone, i know A LOT of people who think the current screen size is perfect, not me though (mostly 30+)

  • GaugePrower

    the 4.7 makes sense to me and seems more like a reality.. im not so sure about that 5.5 I dont think Apple is heading in that direction.

  • Rak S

    THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN!!!
    4.7″ is clearly big enough. 5.5″ is just ridiculous!

    The best thing Apple could do is have a 4.7″ iPhone 6 and, if they want to retain the “c” line, create a 4″iPhone 6C (either at the launch of the 6, or the 6S. The price of the new C should be $200 less than iPhone 6.

    • Jonathan

      Everyone thought Apple was ridiculous when there were rumors of the first iPhone, right?

      • Rak S

        Really? Not that I can remember.
        Even if that was the case, I think it’s fair to stay that the market has matured a lot since then.

  • n0ahcruz3

    This will be good. I dont think iphone is the best choice now when it comes to media consumption. Screen too tiny, and battery is horrible. I dont want to watch videos with the iphone or play games with the iphone. And i dont want to carry a darn ipad.

  • john diaz

    I would definitely buy a bigger iPhone this is obviously NOT ridiculous it’ll be better in many ways, gaming, writing, streaming . you’ll have more space to do the things you would normally do on your iPhone.

  • ProfessorX1®

    I hope the next iPhone’s ear speaker has a circular design like the Nexus 5’s.

  • Dante Arellano

    Different sizes for different users da!

  • Martynet

    I’m hoping for 128 GB or even 256 GB :)

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Or simply a MicroSD card slot on all the current 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models…

      • Martynet

        haha.. no thanks

  • oralarts

    My money is on one newer model between 4.4 – 4.7″. I’m skeptical about Apple launching a Note sized device. Of course it will be sometime in September.

    For all of the myopic “analysts” making predictions of a summer launch. New hardware ALWAYS coincides with a major update to iOS. If the phone were going to launch in late June/July (as it once did), we would already be playing with iOS 8 beta builds.

    As I look at my calendar, I would predict a September 19th launch of iPhone 6.

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I’ll gladly take a 4.7″ – keep the 5.5″.

    • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

      I’ll take 5.5″ you keep baby 4.7″

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        I refuse to use a 5.5″ display on a phone unless it retracted into a smaller design to carry around.

  • Svs

    I wish the specs are the same (except the screen size of course) so making decision on which to buy is way easier

  • jzack

    i just hate it when i need to use a phone with dual hand except for playing games.