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Apple is expected to launch larger-format iPhones this year and the current crop of rumors are confidently pointing towards the 4.7-incher being released around September, with the bigger 5.5-inch model reportedly delayed until year-end or into early-2015 over component issues.

A new report by DigiTimes, a hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication, alleges that the launches of the new handsets could be closer than expected after all. Specifically, it seems Apple has commissioned its manufacturing partners to start churning out the bigger model within a month into the manufacture of the 4.7-inch variant…

DigiTimes explains that Apple appears to have commissioned both Foxconn and Pegatron to build the handsets. Foxconn’s plants in Zhengzhou will be responsible for 70 percent and Pegatron for 30 percent of the 4.7-inch model’s orders.

Wistron, a company Apple recently introduced into its supply chain, shall be trusted with orders for the existing 4-inch iPhone, DigiTimes has learned from sources in the upstream supply chain.

Yes, apparently four-inch iPhones will live on into 2015 so people who are reluctant to upgrade to a bigger device won’t have to.

This is Apple’s standard modus operandi.

The firm typically splits orders between suppliers – not just to mitigate risk, but to have them fighting for orders and get the lowest prices.

Manufacture of the 4.7-inch model will commence in July. The following month, the 5.5-incher will enter production.

“The 4- and 4.7-inch iPhones will be the main sales force of Apple for 2014,” reads the report. “Foxconn’s plants in Zhengzhou, China are expected to start supplying the 4.7-inch model in July and start manufacturing the 5.5-inch one in August.”

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This indicates that 4.7 and 5.5-inch variants could both launch this year. The bigger model was previously reported as delayed over production issues with ultra-thin batteries and 5.5-inch panels.

Even though the two handsets probably won’t launch simultaneously akin to last year’s double iPhone 5s/5c launch, Apple could theoretically start taking pre-orders for both devices on the same day.

According to a supposed leak by German carrier Deutsche Telekom, the 4.7-inch model could go on sale on Friday, September 19, 2014. And rightfully so: as per our poll, three times as many respondents opted for the 4.7 inched versus those who cast their vote toward the phablet-class device.

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The 4.7-inch device is said to feature the same 1,136-by-960 pixel resolution as the iPhone 5/5s/5c. The 5.5-inch edition should introduce a new resolution of a 1,704-by-960 pixels, requiring app developers to optimize for the new screen resolution.

Both handsets should share some common features, including an ultra-thin design, Apple’s new A8 processor, a host of new sensors and an improved Touch ID sensor, which should find its way into this year’s iPads as well

  • Sokrates

    The same resolution for the 4.7inch screen??

    • Jeffrey

      4.7 inch will probably get 960X1704 pixels, 5.5 inch is still unknown

      • Domodo

        Resolution of 960 by 1704? Why the heck not 1080p? Was it such a big deal to slam those extra few pixels in there? I thought the iPhone was a high end device? Not only is it not high end any more, it’s not even catching up to the competition.

      • Steve Zou

        Go do some research before your stupid whining.
        iPhone has been offering the(read THE) most accurate display in the smartphone industry.

      • Domodo

        Speaking about stupid whining, I’m not using my iPhone for professional, color sensitive work, nor does anyone (read: ANYONE).
        I’d much rather have a big, bright and clear high resolution display that improves the user experience, which is, you know, the point of owning a device like this.

      • Steve Zou

        Nobody has to a pro to appreciate accurate color reproduction. I’m sure a few of you kids prefer fake and over saturated “beautiful” colors. But that is a big issue with your taste.

        1.iPhone is one of the brightest, you probably could not see anything on the Shamesung phones under sunlight.

        2.Who tells you bigger screens lead to better UX?

        3.I’m all in for higher res, my One M7’s 1080P display does look much sharper. But 1704×960 on 4.7” screen means 416 ppi, which would be sharp enough at this moment.

        Again, do some research before leaving stupid comments.

      • Domodo

        1. I actually can see my friend’s Shamesung very clearly under bright sunlight. Before posting “stupid comments“, make sure you actually use a device.

        2. When you realize why a 2 inch iPhone is a stupid idea, you’ll understand.

        3. I thought Apple was all about pushing limits and breaking expectations, instead of being “good enough.”

      • Lagax

        It’s about not giving people like you what they think they want, but what they really want. E.g. Almost everybody wants better battery life, apple is not as dumb as putting an unneeded, energy-wasting Display into its devices where you CAN NOT see the difference, unless you hold your smartphone only some millimeters in front of your face.

      • Domodo

        If we assume you are correct about Apple’s philosophy of not giving users “what they think they want, but what they really want,” then I think consumers proved them wrong by creating a demand for high end smartphones featuring 5+ inch displays. Then there is extremely poor battery life that Apple sacrificed for years in order to slim down their devices.
        That is not “dumb” to you? People “really wanted” that?

      • JoJo

        Poor battery life? what? My old iPhone 4 still goes 3 days on a full charge. What other phone does this?

        Apple has pretty decent battery life.

      • Antzboogie

        Wow not true. Web surfing+Music+Phone Calls=At least 24 hours.

      • Steve Zou

        Enjoy your tasteless life, stupid kid

      • Jeffrey

        You can’t spot the difference between a 4.7 inch 960X1704 pixels display and a 4.7 inch 9600X17040 pixels display, that’s the point Apple is trying to make, so you go ahead and whine about the supposedly ‘bad’ quality display the iPhone offers and buy an Android, you belong to those peeps.

      • Domodo

        You can’t spot a difference between a 326 PPI or 416 PPI either, yet they’re still upping the resolution.
        I’m complaining about the size of the display, not its performance or accuracy. Reading comprehension, do you have it?

      • Jeffrey

        Quote ‘high resolution display’.

      • Felipe Lopez

        Shut up

      • Domodo

        I don’t think so.

      • Matt

        It doesn’t matter how accurate it is.
        The display if the GS5 looks far way more beautiful than the 5s and I have te 5s.

      • Steve Zou

        Those over saturated colors are just lies. Be careful, it would ruin your taste.

      • Antzboogie

        Agreed iPhone 5s screen cant compare to s5 screen its no competition, but the iPhone’s OS is way smoother. Without the jailbreak I would not buy an iPhone straight up. T-Mobile’s version of the s5 was rooted within days. Im sure that helped people make a choice of which to buy aside from screen. I will be back for the iPhone 6. 😉

      • Matt

        Yes iPhone is smoother. But I’m actually getting tired of the looks of iOS. The icons are squares and that’s it’s.
        I am never gonna get a samsung phone

      • Jeffrey

        Hey wow don’t accuse me, it’s just the rumours I’ve been hearing, Apple only cares about the screen being Retina which means it should have more than 300 ppi, with this resolution it would have more than 300 ppi, that’s Apple’s goal. Apple claims that 300 ppi is the line where our retina’s can’t see the pixels anymore which means that there would be no difference for the human eye between 300 and 3000 ppi on a phone.

      • Matt

        That’s kind of ridiculous
        But anyway when my 5s contract is up in 2015, I most likely will end up switching to something else (in terms of phone)

      • Do it Do it!

      • Matt

        Well I haven’t seen the next iPhone yet

      • Steve Zou

        Do it Do it!

      • Jeffrey

        That’s the rumors, I don’t make em

      • Gbruno

        I switched to a Lumia 1520 about 2 months ago and haven’t looked back once.

      • Matt

        How does The windows phone feel? I was thinking about windows phones too

      • Gbruno

        I absolutely love it. The interface is very cool and interactive (live tiles are awesome) and the phone itself is very fast and responsive. The old argument of “there aren’t any apps on WP” doesn’t hold water any more. Any app that I used on my iPhone I have found on my WP (some are even better). I suggest you try one out in the store. With 8.1 inbound, it’s only getting better.

      • Matt

        Interesting. Gonna keep that in mind. Even though my contract expires on decver 2015

      • blastingbigairs

        Like a turd covered in hair.

  • Domodo

    It’s patently obvious they took hints from HTC, but failed miserably. Why those thick ugly white lines?
    My 4S is really dated now and I might as well switch to the M8 because this is just ridiculous…

    • Jeffrey

      That’s your opinion, lot of people actually love the design.

      • Domodo

        This, or gtfo, Apple…

      • Jeffrey

        You can’t demand Apple to copy a concept from some unknown guy from the internet. That’s just stupid. You should just accept Apple’s choice to give the iPhone 6 the leaked design or buy an Android device.

      • Domodo

        That part of my comment obviously wasn’t serious. I will mock Apple for making an ugly device, just like I mocked them for making and releasing an ugly half-arsed operating system.

      • Jeffrey

        Well again that’s your OPINION, millions of people love iOS 7 and the newly designed iPhone 6.

      • Domodo

        Do you have any statistics to back that up? Or are you just making numbers up to emphasize YOUR opinion?

      • Jeffrey

        It’s freaking OBVIOUS that millions of people will like the new design, you’re not gonna tell me that of the tens of millions of iPhone buyers only 999.999 people or less like the new design.

      • Domodo

        I like the 4S, but do not like the 5 or this. So where are the OBVIOUS statistics? Where is the OBVIOUS data that says people will automatically like anything that Apple makes, based on what they made previously? That may be true for this blog, but the real world is quite different. My opinions are not tied to a brand, luckily.

      • Jeffrey

        Well I guess we’ll have to wait to see some real statistics but there’s something called an indication and this indication says that at least 1.000.000 people will like the iPhone 6’s design. It must be very hard to understand that, but you’re just gonna have to trust me.

      • Domodo

        I was stating MY opinion and I couldn’t care less about what other people think about the next iPhone. To each his own. Like I said, reading comprehension.

      • Jeffrey

        Don’t be a smartass, I know it is your opinion but does that mean I’m not allowed to comment? Asshole.

      • Domodo

        You stated that I demanded something from Apple, whereas I only expressed my opinion in a satirical way. Hence my comment about your reading comprehension skills. Sorry for pointing that out.

      • Jeffrey

        I did not demand anything?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I honestly don’t think the leaked design is that bad. At first I thought it was awful (in fact I think I’d previously commented saying just that) but if you actually look at the leak you can clearly see that it’s just an awful photograph. I bet the real thing will be much more beautiful than the leak…

      • Jeffrey

        Exactly! We haven’t even seen a real one, just simple dummies for case makers and a mock-up dummy (which is the one everyone is reviewing on youtube).

      • JulianZH

        That actually looked ugly.

      • Kamrul

        Wow that design looks awesome would defo but it if that was the design

      • Domodo

        Same here! My money is begging to be spent on that beauty.

    • Dean Johnson

      yeah, but we still don’t know for sure that Apple will actually bring out a phone with this design. It’s still a rumour

      • Domodo

        I truly hope, from the bottom of my pocket, that it is only an inaccurate rumor.

    • BoardDWorld

      If you’re going for an Android phone the M8 is a good choice, except for the camera. But you are jumping ahead a little bit in regards to the white lines. All these phones so far are mock ups from leaked photos & the iPod Touch from which the iPhone 6 design is based has been around “a lot” longer than HTC’s current flagship design.

      • Matt

        Thank you.
        It looks like an iPod bit the M8 people are getting on my nerves.
        At first it was the pad that adopted the looks of the iPod, and now it’s the iPhones turn to do the same thing.

      • Domodo

        Please name me the iPod model that has plastic stripes on the back?

      • Matt

        Diude the 5s has plastic bands.
        They’re covers by glass that’s why you can’t see them.
        The iPod doesn’t have th because it’s an iPod.
        Stop being stupid

      • Domodo

        It (iPod) has a round cutout at the back. The iPhone “6” has lines that resemble the HTC One. That is all I’m pointing out. If you have a problem with it, go complain to Apple or whomever leaked the images.

    • eXoguti093

      You sir don’t wanna realize that it’s just a mock up with lines put on it, who knows what it’ll really look like

  • Sandeep

    I think Touch ID should b better fr 5s n upcoming models Touch ID should b total security control

  • Domodo

    Just in case it wasn’t obvious… (See image comparison below.)

    • Jeffrey

      OMFG THEY BOTH HAVE A HORIZONTAL LINE OH SHAZZZZ

      • Domodo

        OMFG THEY BOTH HAVE A BLACK FRONT AND A CENTERED HOME BUTTON OH SHAZZZZ

      • Jeffrey

        Exactly, thanks for supporting my point.

      • Domodo

        OMFG THEY BOTH HAVE ROUNDED ICONS AND CORNERS OH SHAZZZZ
        So are you saying Samsung didn’t copy Apple?

      • Jeffrey

        Well when I talk about Samsung copying Apple I’m not talking about the corners.

      • Domodo

        Well in this case I am talking about striking hardware similarities between two devices.

      • Jeffrey

        Then you’re stupid because hundreds of phones have rounded edges.

      • Domodo

        I meant the lines…! Who’s stupid, again?

      • Jeffrey

        You are, if you were talking about the lines you should be clearer.

      • Domodo

        Well I was pretty clear. (See images above, to which you replied by mocking them.)

      • Jeffrey

        No, with ‘in this case’ it seemed that you were talking about the rounded icons and corners.

    • Thanks for pointing out with arrows where the similarity was. /s

  • Ridvan Ermis

    “The 4.7-inch device is said to feature the same 1,136-by-960 pixel resolution as the iPhone 5/5s/5c” I think you meant 1136-by-640-pixel.

  • steve job

    Samsung Galaxy =  iPhone 6

  • JoJo

    Brainless people in these comment sections arguing over speculations.. Nothing has been officially confirmed so its futile arguing about anything iPhone 6 related.

    • Wan’t to merrry me? 🙂