There Will Be “At Least” Two iPhone 5S Models In Different Sizes [Analyst]

This mockup shows what a family of different sized iPhones might look like.

This mockup shows what a family of different sized iPhones might look like.

Topeka Capital analyst Brian White received some criticism last week when he revealed in a note to investors that he expects Apple’s much-anticipated television set to come with a “mini iTV” tablet and an “iRing.” But rather than going into hiding until the whole thing is forgotten about, White has revealed his predictions for the iPhone 5S.

The device will be available with “at least” two screen sizes, White claims, giving those who might switch to Android for a larger display a reason to stick with the iPhone.

“After our meeting with a tech-supply chain company, we walked away with the view that Apple will release the iPhone 5S in at least two screen sizes this summer and possibly three,” says White, who is currently on a tour of technology suppliers in China and Taiwan.

“Essentially, we believe Apple is coming around to the fact that one size per iPhone release does not work for everyone and offering consumers an option has the potential to expand the Company’s market share,” White added.

Apple has been criticized by some consumers for not offering a bigger iPhone, and it would appear this is a growing demand as competing Android handsets get bigger. The Cupertino company did increase the iPhone’s screen size from 3.5 inches to 4 inches for the iPhone 5, but it’s still very small when you compare it to flagship devices from the likes of Samsung, Sony, and HTC.

Maybe the idea of seeing an iPhone that’s bigger yet again isn’t all that crazy, then. After all, Apple offers many other devices in different sizes, even the iPad. But we’re skeptical the company would make such a massive change for the iPhone 5S, which is expected to be an “incremental” upgrade — a slightly improved iPhone 5.

The problem with different display sizes, of course, is fragmentation, which Apple has long been critical of with Android smartphones. It causes headaches for app developers who have to modify their apps to suit different display sizes, and Apple has only just put them through that for the iPhone 5.

Recent rumors have claimed that the iPhone 5S will also offer fingerprint technology, and that it’ll launch this July.

  • HarryWessling

    Nonsense! Apple never diversifies products.

  • ConduciveMammal

    Honestly, I think this analyst must be smoking crack. Three screen sizes, each with three capacity sizes. Apple’s not going to make nine iterations of the same device. 18 if you take the black and white versions into account.

  • MattGodfrey

    It’s not a ridiculous suggestion! The iPhone is now Apple’s only product that has a screen, that doesn’t come in a variation of screen sizes (this doesn’t include selling an old product at a subsidised price, à la iPhone 4/4S):

    Macbook Air: 11″ and 13″
    Macbook Pro: 13″ and 15″
    iMac: 21.5″ and 27″
    iPad: Standard (9.7″) Mini (7.9″)
    iPod: Touch (4″) and Nano (2.5″)

  • Shane Bryson

    Probably the most absurd rumor yet.

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