New report rebuffs claim that Apple will release 5-inch iPhone in 2017

By , Oct 26, 2016

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A new report is out late Wednesday rebuffing an earlier claim that Apple intends to release 3 iPhone models next year. Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans, AppleInsider says the company will be sticking with its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch handset sizes in 2017.

For those that missed it, Asian news outlet Nikkei reported Wednesday morning that Apple would be adding a 5-inch option to its current two-size lineup. It didn’t, however, explain why it would want to do so, given how close it would be to the 4.7-inch model.

Contrary to reports on Wednesday claiming Apple intends to release three new iPhone models in 2017, including a middle-of-the-road 5-inch iteration, a source tells AppleInsider immediate plans are to stick with the usual 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch flagships. 

Following a trend started with the iPhone 6 debut in 2014, Apple next year will unveil two —and only two — flagship iPhone models, according to person who has in the past provided accurate information on Apple’s product pipeline. Like this year’s iPhone 7 series, the 2017 iPhone will come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.

It’s worth noting AppleInsider doesn’t have much of a track record in predicting Apple’s plans, and since we’re still a year away from the next iPhone’s introduction anyway, those plans are likely going to change a number of times over the next several months.

Still, expectations are high for the 2017 iPhone. It’s believed that Apple is working on a significant upgrade for its popular handset that’s rumored to include curved glass casing, an edge-to-edge display with minimal or no bezels, and built-in wireless charging.

Source: AppleInsider

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  • AMB_07

    Does it really make sense for them to make a 4.7″ and 5″ phone alongside each other? I think they got the sizes right with 4/4.7/5.5 and should probably go ahead with that instead.

  • Martynet

    Or 4″, 5″ and 6″ would be cool. Physically, the 5″ and 6″ models wouldn’t be bigger than today’s 4,7″ and 5,5″ 🙂

    • askep3

      That’s true, I hope either the plus gets no bezels, or the bezels are chopped off so that it’s just the size of the screen cuz rn there’s too much wasted space

      • Rowan09

        They have bezels because of the home button for the most part, since they are integrating it into the screen, it should solve the problem.

      • george

        That’s not true at all. Also a bezel free phone would be a nightmare.

  • Mike M. Powell

    Gonna have phones the lenght of a ruler by 2025

  • Teddie Danh

    How about a 8” phone Apple, it might be called Iphone 8 right ¯_(ツ)_/¯ so why not!?