June 25, 2014
New iPhone Rumors Hint At Possible Version With 5.5-Inch Screen
Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe online
An entire cottage industry has popped up around attempting to predict the next move being planned by the Cupertino, Calif.-based behemoth, Apple Inc. Sometimes the prognosticators hit the nail right on the head. More often than not, the notoriously secretive company leaves one who is trying to read the technological tea leaves frustrated and disappointed. And yet, predictions continue to be made with regard to guessing just what the next big step will be.
Should there then be any surprise that the folks over at MacRumors.com threw out a juicy nugget this week? I should say no. Making an approximate four-month jump on any official announcement from Apple, it was reported this week that we may very well find the next iPhone release will present a version of the familiar iPhone that finally hit a growth spurt. That's right, it is predicted that the new iPhone, recognizing the demand for a larger screen, will be sold in two new, larger sizes.
Citing a report on Bloomberg.com, MacRumors states the new 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models are to begin production next month in anticipation of a projected fall release.
"Apple is ramping up on two bigger-screen iPhones, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans are private. One model will have a 4.7-inch screen that may be available to ship to retailers around September, said two of the people. A larger 5.5-inch version is also being prepared for manufacturing and may be available at the same time, the people said."
The larger screens, increased from the current myopic 4-inch screen, are most likely an answer to the impressive and consumer-demanded larger screens currently offered by primary smartphone competitor Samsung.
Earlier reports stated it was unlikely that the 5.5-inch screen would release at the same time as its 4.7-inch cousin due to issues concerning battery life and display technology. While it is still uncertain if Apple will release both phones simultaneously, buzz out of Cupertino is that Apple has since solved both the battery and display issues with the larger phone.
One of the issues with trying to keep your company so secretive is your reliance on outside partners to help you achieve your goals. It became apparent that something big was happening with Apple when reports from their primary manufacturing partner, Foxconn, showed a record 100,000 new employees had been hired in anticipation of the upcoming iPhone 6 release.
As we wait and see if the 5.5-inch screen will be released at the same time as the 4.7-inch model, one certainty exists. Due to the more complex nature of manufacturing the larger device, the stock of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will far exceed that of the larger-screened device. If we let history be our guide on this one, no doubt Apple will use the exclusivity of the 5.5-inch screen to drive a run on their newest product offering.
As of the first rumblings of these rumors we were only a day or two inside the summer preceding the fall of the expected release. These predictions are most likely the first in a coming fury of projections and prognostications meant to slowly drive the hype and secure or dash the bona fides of the individuals whose sole mission it is to guess what Apple will do next.