Will An iPhablet Launch In May? [Rumor]

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We all know that the iPhone 6 will be thinner than the current model — Apple hasn’t released a major iteration of a product yet without making it at least a tiny bit svelter — but will it also be physically bigger? That’s the million dollar question, and a new rumor says ‘yes’, and that Apple may release a physically bigger iPhone as early as May.

The rumor comes from Chinese news site Huanqiu, which claims that Apple is planning on releasing a phablet 5+-inch iPhone running a 64-bit, next-gen A8 processor in May as an entirely separate product from the iPhone 6, which will launch in September. That’s hard to believe: it’s not like Apple to split up iPhone announcements like that.

Meanwhile, another rumor, this time courtesy of ET News, says the iPhone 6 will be just 6mm thick, down from the current 7.6mm of the 5S. However, ETNews claims that the iPhone 6 will be available in two separate display sizes of 4.7-inch and 5.7-inches respectively.

I don’t really buy it, but stranger things have happened. The iPad Air and iPad mini are two sizes of essentially the same device, so why not do the same thing with the iPhone? What do you think?

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  • Junaidkureshi

    If yes ill be the first in line

  • TylerHoj

    Remember when the iPhone screen was rumoured to be getting bigger for the iPhone 5? …There were wild expectations about that, and Apple just slapped on half an inch to the screen size. Apple won’t release a phablet because it’s a niche market.

  • lwdesign1

    With so many millions of smartphone owners using their phones for email and web browsing, it would definitely be a good move to create the choice of a larger screen for the iPhone. I love my iPhone 4S, but I’d update to a 4.7″ screen in a heartbeat. It would be large enough for practical web browsing, yet still small enough to fit in my pocket without becoming a barge. If Apple came out with both large and small screen options for the iPhone, it would give users a choice — and it would test the waters to see which one consumers would buy the most.
    A 5.7″ screen, however, is pushing the size limits, and starts entering the “barge” category. If you need a screen this large it would be smarter to buy an iPad, although who knows what the public at large will buy? Steve Jobs said large screens on phones made them uncomfortable to use, but while he was right about most of the things he said and did, he also created the Lisa and the round “puck” mouse.

  • lambaline

    I highly doubt Apple will make their app devs make their apps in yet another resolution

  • RobGcf

    I would love it if they’d do a 5.7″ version of the iPhone; I’m already fed up with my Android-powered Galaxy Note 3. It’s not the Note’s fault; it’s Android. It’s just too unpolished, laggy, and buggy. But I don’t want to go back to a tiny screen. So if I have to, I’ll put up with Android a while longer.

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