iPhone 6 mockup (Home screen, Sam Beckett 001)

Bloomberg has confirmed a storyline that we have heard for the past several weeks, which is that Apple is preparing to ramp up production of the iPhone 6 in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models. The report specifically claims that the manufacturing process will begin in China next month, with both smartphones likely to be announced and made available in September.

It has long been speculated that Apple is working on two larger iPhone models, although some rumors suggested that the 5.5-inch model might be delayed because of difficulties in the manufacturing process. This report provides further confirmation that the 5.5-inch model could in fact be unveiled alongside the 4.7-inch model in the fall. Read ahead for details… 

Bloomberg adds that Apple would be taking competitors like Samsung and HTC head on with a 5.5-inch iPhone. The handset makers already have smartphones that are within that size range, and consumers in China have been highly receptive towards devices with larger screens. In fact, every 4 in 10 devices running Android sold in China in 2014 had at least a 5-inch screen.

“Apple is getting ready for its annual unveiling of new iPhones after rivals including Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC Corp. released smartphones with displays that are as large as 5.7 inches. Consumers have been gravitating toward larger-screen devices — in China, 40 percent of mobile gadgets based on Google Inc.’s Android operating system that were sold in 2014 had display sizes of more than 5 inches, according to an estimate from Forrester Research.”

It was reported yesterday that Apple manufacturing partners Foxconn and Pegatron have gone on hiring sprees to meet demand for strong iPhone 6 orders. Foxconn in particular was said to be hiring upwards of 100,000 employees from mainland China to assist with assembling the iPhone 6, with it being responsible for manufacturing 70% of iPhone 6 units.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is said to be betting big on a larger iPhone, which could be a significant move towards rejuvenating strong sales of the nearly seven-year-old smartphone. Apple has been hesitant to release iPhones with larger screens in the past, going no larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5s, but its perspective appears to have changed in light of growing competition.

As far as the iPhone 6 is concerned, virtually every single detail about the oft-rumored handset has been leaked. The next-generation smartphone is expected to be larger, thinner and rounder with a resolution of 2,560-by-1,440 pixelsNFC and wireless chargingsoftware-based image stabilizationa relocated power button and more. The device should come with iOS 8 preinstalled.

Which would you prefer: a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch iPhone?

  • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

    I’m getting the 5.5 for sure!!! Just not sure what color!!! Any ideas?

    • Joe Rossignol

      I want to get a white iPhone for once.

    • Matt

      Don’t get the gold one.
      I have a gold 5s, and at first I was so happy for it and excited because of the gold color, but now I want a silver one because many cases just don’t look and don’t feel right because the gold pops out at times especially the gold home button.

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Lol so basically: Don’t get the gold one because it’s too beautifull. I have the gold one without a case and it looks beautifull.

      • Matt

        I have an Element sector 5 case and it’s a beautiful case
        I took my phone out the case and after a fee days I saw a tiny scratch on the edge

      • Jeffrey Feuerstein

        Lol I never use a case and I never got any big damage, a few scratches but not a lot. I love the naked iPhone so I hate using cases…

    • Josh

      Gold color

    • Tim Farris

      i gonna get this 5.5 if it comes out here look at this pic I’m gonna say i hate phablets they are more tablets with a phone app this one in pectoral is 7″ huge screen why would anyone get a 7″ phone?

      • Arya Kalashi

        It’s nice with a bigger screen, much easier to work with and when I’m talking on the phone, I just use my headphones, much more comfortable.

    • Jamessmooth

      The “leaked” space gray one looks awesome!

  • Daniel Beecham

    4.7″

  • Matt

    Yeah I’m not due for a new iPhone until 2015 because I got a 5s, but when the time comes – I’m jumping for the bigger one!

    • Jeremy

      I’ve been planning to switch to T-Mobie for some time now because the service in my area is excellent so I’m just sticking with AT&T for the mean time so I can get the iPhone 6 this October or Novemeber since there is always a shortage :p

      • Matt

        I barely get 2 dots her in my house – and I have Verizon

    • Rowan09

      You can always sell your 5s like I am and buy the 6.

  • eXoguti093

    Get ready for leaks:)

  • Josh

    4.7 inch perfect size for smartphone

  • BoardDWorld

    I’m not a fan of the hideous Phablet look but still for practical reasons when working with docs etc I take my Cellular Mini everywhere and use it with a stereo bluetooth headset. All of my family is using Apple so my iPhone has been collecting dust. Come 5.5″ iPhone it’s going to replace the Mini and the iPhone. I just hope they introduce a 128GB version at a reasonable price point.

    P.S. to all who want an incredible bluetooth headset that compares even with the likes of BEATS at only around $50-$60 the LG HBS-730 are unbeatable. Just blows me away and I’m fussy when it comes to sound reproduction.

    • Jamessmooth

      I second that. Those LG headphones are amazing!

      • BoardDWorld

        I use them for everything, thanks to the dual connection I have them connected to my Mac at the same time.

  • Tim Farris

    lol i hate phablets really when its 7″ who has the space for a 7″ phone, really?

    The Samsung Galaxy Mega Phablet

    The new Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone isn’t just a phone. It also doubles as a Frisbee, a George Foreman grill, a car battery and a flying saucer.

    I kid, I kid. But really: The Mega is big. It measures 6.6 inches by 3.5 inches by 0.3 inch, weighs just over seven ounces, and has a 6.3-inch display. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 5 is 4.87 inches by 2.31 inches by .30-inch, and weighs just under four ounces.

    The Mega is currently available in the U.S. for $150 with a two-year contract through AT&T. While Sprint and U.S. Cellular are confirmed carrier partners, they’re not offering the phone just yet. The Mega is also being rolled out in other countries, including Europe and Russia.

    I’ve been using the Android-based, LTE-compatible Galaxy Mega for the past week, carrying the mostly plastic phone with me everywhere. I will be somewhat relieved when the flatbed truck arrives next week to pick it up and transport it back to Samsung.

    In all seriousness, it’s just too large for a phone. It is nearly the size of my face. It felt awkward in the hand. I couldn’t carry it with me while walking, jogging, or bike riding, without bringing a purse or backpack.

    People I interacted with in passing — a woman at a coffee shop, a man at a mattress store — couldn’t help but comment on how big it is. (It can also be used as a mattress pad.) A few colleagues joked that anyone holding it immediately appears as though they’ve lost weight.

    It could be said large phones are coming into vogue. They are sleeker and better overall than they were in the days of the Dell Streak, which AllThingsD’s Walt Mossberg likened to holding a piece of toast up to the face. Ever since Samsung effectively launched the “phablet” category — a style of phone so large it’s like a small tablet — with the release of its first, 5.8-inch Galaxy Note smartphone in 2011, others have hopped on board.

    There are the LG G2, the Huawei Ascend Mate and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, to name a few other giants. Apple has been reported to be working on a larger iPhone.

    Samsung has even introduced phablets of varying sizes: The good-looking Note II measures a solid six inches by three inches, and the just-announced Note III will have an even larger display.

    So, why the 6.6-inch Mega? Samsung says it is meant to be an “ideal hybrid handset for those who want to experience smartphone portability with the immersive experience of a tablet.”

    I liked the Mega when I was using as just that: A tablet. In those instances, it didn’t seem so cumbersome. I read books and watched videos on it before bed, while getting a haircut and while sitting at a cafe. I checked email on it, and browsed through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. Basically, I liked it when I used it as I would my iPad mini or Kindle Fire tablet, which measure 7.9 inches and 7.0 inches, respectively.

    Let’s say the Mega hybrid does appeal to you as a smartphone. It’s still pretty midrange, lacking some of the key features of its Note sibling.

    I’ll focus on its good features first.

    To start, at $150 with a two-year plan, it is half the price of the Note II through the same carrier. The LG G2 is $200 down with a two-year contract. So the Mega could be considered a bargain phablet.

    Its battery life is good. It got me through nearly two full days of use, with the phone’s power saver turned off and the display set to about 75 percent of full brightness.

    It offers some of the same software features as its Samsung sibs, such as S Voice voice commands, S Translator and Air View, which lets you hover your finger over emails to read the text without actually opening it.

    It also has a TV-controlling app called WatchOn that utilizes the phone’s built-in infrared blaster (the Samsung Galaxy S4 has this, too). I was able to change the channels on the TV in my hotel room using the Mega.

    Also, the Mega gives great sound, which was especially useful when I was using it as a portable navigation device in the car. And call quality was good. At least people on the other end of the call can’t see how ridiculous you look with the phone against your face.

    The large screen, for me, meant fewer fat-finger incidents when I was writing emails and sending text messages.

    Now for the parts that make this a midrange phone: Its 1280 by 720p HD LCD display isn’t quite as brilliant as other premium smartphones out there. For many people this won’t be noticeable, but when you hold it up next to a really nice display you can see the difference.

    It has a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and the phone feels sluggish at times. It’s running on Google Android 4.2.2, which is fine, but it’s not the newest version of the operating system.

    While it has some interesting software, it doesn’t have all of Samsung’s bewildering array of add-on apps, and it doesn’t work with a stylus the way the Note smartphones do.

    Its camera specs are essentially the same as in earlier Samsung models — an eight-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-MP front camera — though it does have a variety of shooting modes, geo-tagging and face-tag options in photos, as well as “album view” in the phone’s photo gallery.

    Lastly, and most importantly, there’s just the feel of it. It’s difficult to operate with just one hand. It certainly didn’t fit in my pockets, and when I asked two men with regular-fitting jeans to try it out, it stuck out the top of their pockets, too.

    It’s hard not to feel, as you’re holding it up to your ear, like you’ve somehow been transported back to the early days of cellular phones, when the phones dwarfed people’s faces.

    Samsung is throwing a variety of shapes and sizes out there right now to attempt to satisfy every consumer. The Mega feels like an experiment. As a smartphone, it’s hard to see where it fits — literally and otherwise.

  • BugsBunnay87

    I don’t mind getting both.

  • Andres

    Let’s get cracking

  • Matt

    I kinda want that wallpaper
    It looks like one of those stock ones but the top is darker than the stock one

  • Abid Patel

    I’ve had the iPhone 4 since release, sick of the tiny 3.5″ screen. I’m gonna go for the big one! 5.5″ all the way!

  • @dongiuj

    The 4.7″ always appealed to me but the closer we get to the release I’m leaning a little more toward the 5.5″
    Guess I’ll just have to wait to see what they are both like when released.

  • Johnny

    4.7″ iPhone Space Gray | 32GB for me =]

  • Jacob Schamens

    5.5 for sure.

  • Razick Rilshad

    5.5