The iPhone 5 was a big change for Apple, finally growing the size of its smartphone’s display out of the three-inch-range. This year, the iPhone 5S and 5C brought changes of their own, but even with the 5S – as one of Apple’s odd-year updates – the phone kept the same basic layout. The four-inch display on modern iPhone hardware may be an improvement over years prior, but it’s still positively tiny by industry standards; will next year’s iPhone 6 lead Apple’s fanbase to the larger and larger handsets that have become the norm elsewhere? Industry analysts sure seem to think so, and have been talking about what they see Apple doing with its 2014 lineup.
Peter Misek has been upgrading his assessment of Apple’s performance outlook, and talks in particular of a future with an iPhone 6 and a 4.8-inch display. We’ve heard figures in the 4.5-to-5-inch range mentioned as possible directions for a larger iPhone, and 4.8 sure fits right in with that range.
The early date and analyst sourcing of this rumor make it far from a sure thing – maybe not even a likely one – but Misek’s been better than average at reading Apple, so he might just be on to something here.