In line with a report from Jefferies’ Peter Misek earlier this year, Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt issued a claim this morning that Apple will charge a $100 premium for the larger of two iPhone 6 models expected to launch this fall.

In a research note to investors, McCourt said he is confident Apple will charge a $100 more for the 5.5-inch version of its new smartphone, citing higher-priced components and more complex production processes as reasons for the bump…

While some folks have worried that the increase in price will put off potential customers, McCourt believes that a larger number of users will happily pay the additional cost for the bigger screen. And he says he has survey data to back this up.

MarketWatch shares the note:

A Raymond James research note, published Friday, found a growing number of iPhone users are willing to pay an extra hundred bucks for a phone with a larger screen.

“Apple will likely charge a $100 premium for the 5.5 inch version that media reports have suggested will be available a few months after the 4.7 inch version,” Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt told clients in a note.

“Our June consumer survey points to continued growth in the willingness of iPhone users to pay $100 more for a bigger screened iPhone, with now a full one-third of survey respondents willing to pay a $100 premium,” he added.

It’s worth noting that we don’t know the context or scope of McCourt’s survey, and for what it’s worth, our own poll showed around 60% of voters would not pay an extra $100 for a larger iPhone. But the analyst isn’t alone in his bold predictions.

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Many market watchers believe the iPhone 6 is going to smash performance projections for several reasons, including pent-up demand for a larger iPhone, major new features introduced in iOS 8, and compatibility with Apple’s upcoming wearable.

Evidence thus far has pointed to Apple unveiling two new iPhones this fall: a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model. Both versions are said to feature higher resolution displays, faster processors and other improvements, and could launch as early as September.

So, we have to ask again. Would you pay an additional $100 for a 5.5-inch iPhone? Or is 4.7-inches enough?

Top concept image by Martin Hajek

  • Neil Sardesai

    Too many screen sizes is a nightmare for developers. Gotta make sure that the app works on each and every device. That’s the problem that Android devs face. Really hoping Apple doesn’t follow the same route.

    • Domodo

      I don’t think so. That’s just one bogus lie being spread on and by fanboy blogs.
      developer android com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

      • Neil Sardesai

        It’ll probably mostly be an issue for game developers. When the iPhone 5 came out, apps that used standard stuff like UITableViews scaled up normally. But devs using custom assets (primarily game devs) had to redraw a lot of stuff.

      • Daniel Beecham

        the problem with android is not the sizes of all the devises, the problem is all the OS versions of android out there!!

      • erod434

        I think even that has become less of a problem really because of Google play services which has incorporated many frameworks that were previously limited to os updates and allowed them to be updated automatically through the play store separate from an Android update. This allows for Google to send updates for security or pretty much anything to any device with the play store and androud 2.3-4.4.3 (99% of all devices). They also putting their keyboard, launcher, and other software that was previously a part of the os into the play store. These strategic moves show that Google is working toward allowing a unified experience on all Android devices regardless of os number, and skin. I fully expect this to become even more powerful with Android 5.0 at Google io later this month.

      • David Villamizar

        You could take a look at desktop apps, they MUST support different window sizes, and they don’t use a fixed GUI like iOS apps do, they have to create flexible interfaces, nothing developers can’t overcome. Even with 5 screen sizes, iOS remains as the less fragmented platform out there…

    • soccerkrzy

      Nah, they’ll either be the same resolution or at least the same aspect ratio. Really not an issue at all.

    • jack

      5″ for a final phone size, and period

      • Domodo

        One size does NOT fit all.

      • Kurt

        too small dude

      • Mago

        Thats what she said!

    • mlee19841

      That’s part of the reason. The whole screen debate on why android devices don’t get apps that apple devices have.

    • Matheus Lisboa

      Not a problem for developers cause we have the resize resize button on xcode

    • jp2002

      Its a boon too. More screen real estate would allow them to make better games. Of course, if the graphics is rasterised and not vector based, they will have to redraw it.

    • Jason Masters

      Supposedly there was never gonna be an iPad mini too yet iPad mini came about apple may fight the trends but eventually they succumb they have to but they do it with style therein lies the difference!

      • Rowan09

        Apple still has to meet the needs of its customers. The Mini is a 8 inch tablet and even though it’s smaller than the iPad it’s not like those other small tablets in terms of screen real estate.

    • Mee

      As long as the orientation remains the same that won’t be a problem

    • DIesel

      I’m so tired of seeing this said. The iPhones been out for how many years now.. If developers are still haunted by changing screen dimensions maybe they should seek other work

    • Ziaur Rahman

      Releasing two screen sizes of the same phone is not Apple.
      Remember how NFC and wireless charging and all that was a sure thing on the iPhone 5? lol

    • Mark Seah

      consumers buy phones and determine the demand. not developers….

      • Neil Sardesai

        Developers define the consumer experience. Imagine if there were no App Store. iOS 8 was the biggest developer release since the App Store, so I’m hoping Apple continues to look out for devs.

    • therealjjohnson

      Some developers have to do more work. Oh well. They are still selling a product for mobile phones, so as the phones change they need to too. I think we assume it takes more effort than it actually does.

    • Anthony

      2 different screen sizes is to many?

      • David Villamizar

        If these rumors are true, we got 5 sizes now.

      • Anthony

        That’s too many?

      • David Villamizar


      • Kieran.Lillis

        Isn’t it 4? (Or 6 if you count the iPads)

      • David Villamizar

        It’s 5 if you count iPads, but not retina versions, with retina versions that’d be 8 sizes.

      • Kieran.Lillis

        I thought with the two new sizes it would be 3.5, 4.0, 4.7, 5.5, 7.9 and 9.7?

  • Domodo

    The iPhone model in the top image looks so much better than the one below…

  • Micky Ganon

    the IPhone in his current size is the perfect phone – iphone 5s

    • erod434

      Just like the iPhone 4s was the perfect size right?

  • Andy Copeland

    I would NOT pay extra for a larger iPhone. Especially when both are supposed to be larger than the iPhone 5s screen. It’s not a matter of money but just that I like the current size which is great for one handed use. The iPad mini or iPad with continuity with your iPhone completely removes the argument for larger sized iPhones.

    • mlee19841

      I agree with that. It’s excellent for one handed use.

  • mlee19841

    Wonder what’s going to happen if they just come out. With the supposed 4.7 and 5.5. What will the people do that like the current iPhone size (5/5s) do. If they were looking to move up. I don’t see them scrapping off the 4 inch screen size. These rumors get made up by a single source and people run with it and make cases and mock ups and renderings. So I guess we will see soon enough if their will be a larger size at all…

  • Andres

    4.7 Is more than enough. If never go for the huge 5.5. Imagine people switching from a 3.5 inch iPhone 4S to a 4.7/5.5 inch, the change will be really weird.

  • Danibal59

    If they at least give you 32gb internal storage I will pay the money

    • regkilla

      How much we talking?

  • Andres

    Apple would make a really big mistake if they charged more. People would just go for the cheaper version

    • @dongiuj

      I would say the same but I know there are some apple fans that have more money than sense.

      • Cameron Chao

        funny you say that cos Apple fans are generally the most satisfied, people who buy android usually have loads to complain about.

      • @dongiuj

        Funny I say that? Sorry, I see nothing funny about it.

      • Jose Rivera

        ^^^^^^ This guy read my mind….

      • @dongiuj

        Yikes! You just read my mind!…..

  • @dongiuj

    So how much extra will it cost apple to produce a phone with a screen less than an inch more than the 4.7″ version?

  • regkilla

    Pay up people.

  • Jason Masters

    Ask the ladies if 4.7 inches is enough lol?

  • Eikast

    I really hope that the images up top aren’t accurate. I don’t want a tall and narrow phone. Reminds me of the old iPod nano. Need that width not just make it taller

  • SteveZ

    Shite! No!

  • Yujin

    In other news… Apple will lower the price of the iPhone 5s once iPhone 6 comes out… Shocker!!

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    A $100 premium for the premium model sounds standard and acceptable to me. The storage size increments have always been $100. I can totally believe this claim. Sounds logical to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if the premium is $150. Many will happily pay that for the top tier model, myself included. Just looking at the 5C/5S difference in price makes it clear that people prefer the top tier model and are willing to pay for it.

    • Rowan09

      The 5c was a repackaged 5, I wouldn’t compare a 6 and 6 premium as the same thing.

  • Rowan09

    Which dumb iPhone owners want to pay more money? I can stomach $50 more and a 32GB as the entry model. I’m most likely getting the 4.7 or whatever model anyways.

    • Kurt

      Yes, no more 16GB.

      Why are you going for the smaller iPhone? I couldn’t go down a full inch. Just not worth it to me.

      • Rowan09

        5.5 may be too big for me. I have the Note 2 and don’t see myself using it as my primary phone due to the size.

      • Kurt

        Yeah, Iphone at 5.5″ will be bigger than the Note 2 at 5.5″. I wonder how it will compare to the Note 3 as it’s a little taller than the Note 2. At least we will have choice this year.

      • Rowan09

        Yep. Only time will tell.

  • DIesel

    I think the iPhone 5 screen size is great, if it gets slightly larges I’m sure it’ll be good too. However I hope they do add an additional larger phone to the roster because i think it’ll sell well

  • Kurt

    Better come with a stylus, split screen multitasking, and awesome battery life like the Note 3. Otherwise it’s a rip off.

    • JoshuaHulgan

      Can’t argue with that logic

    • Cameron Chao

      not many people need that sort of productivity, so apple wont include it for the sake of the minority, unlike samsungs strategy of loading 200 useless features to try and please everyone. Stylus is really pushing the apple boundaries too.

      • Kurt

        Would be nice if iOS was more than just an app launcher. Moto should be, “the least advanced mobile operating system in the world.”

  • Fardeen Beharry

    lets put things into perspective,

    a galaxy s5 cost around 600dollars with a screen of 5.1 inch
    an iphone 5s cost around650 dollar with a 4 inch screen

    i see no real reason which an iphone 6 could be released with with a 5.5 inch while keeping the same price of 650 dollars while the 4.7 model cost 600 dollars, adding 100$ just for a screen does not feel like a good business model.

  • MrDnQ

    4.7-inch is perfect. Loved the 4.0, easy to handle. But 5.5-inch in my opinion is way to big for an iPhone. Guess time will tell. Who knows that after seeing and holding it, it’ll change the minds of lots of people. Can’t compare what you’ve never seen. Right? One thing I’m sure of is that I cant wait to hold it and use it. I think it’ll be a fresh new start with a lot of new and innovative features. This time the iPhone will take the stage as a king, a president as if it was the first iPhone. iOS 8 is Boss… CAN U FEEL THE VIBE!!! 😉

  • Arsanny Lintang

    now all the users will be saying that the phone’s screen is “perfect” like last year. after a few months when the phones are released, users are going to complain that the screen is to big and blah blah blah. stop complaining, Apple can’t satisfy 8 Billion people at the same time, they’re only going what’s right for them, if you getting one, it’s cool but don’t complain like a baby that haven’t gotten his milk a second ago. if you can’t spend an extra $100 dollars, why not just use you old generation iPhones like the 5s instead of a new ones? then only get the latest when the phone is broken or something.

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  • Chris McOmber

    And here’s my credit card number sir…………

  • Macdemon

    I’d want to compare the 2 new phones against my current iPhone 5 before I commit to the 4.7 or 5.5 inch version.

  • nikibum98

    I would pay a 100$ for the 5.5″ model

  • Tony

    Nope won’t bother now since att raised their activation fee too. Totally not worth it.

  • chris125

    If they keep that fugly design no thanks. These designs are very un-apple like

    • Sounds exactly like what people said about the iPhone 5 mockups even though they look 100% identical to the end product…

      • chris125

        I actually liked the design of the 5. These just look cheap. But guess we have a few months to wait and see

  • Ken

    It would be much more clever for Apple to make the current size $100 cheaper. iPhones are already very expensive. $700-900 for a phone which production costs are less than $200.

  • harry bimasakti

    Android phone becoming cheaper and cheaper but iphone becoming more and more expensive

  • Mohamed Danish

    100$ for extra premium and again for 100$ for extra Storage i would get a bike instead of iphone what are you doing Apple…..!!!!