Apple Will Ship Two Larger iPhones, Just Maybe Not At The Same Time [Analyst]

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If the rumors are indeed true and Apple is planning to release a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone this year, both screen sizes may not arrive at the same time.

Steve Milunovich, an analyst for UBS (the biggest bank in Switzerland) predicts that the 4.7-inch model will ship around August or September, but maybe not the larger 5.5-inch model. His predictions are based on supply chain “checks” overseas, and as always, what’s happening over there is subject to change.

Uncertainty surrounding the 5.5-inch model could mean that Apple will only debut one larger screen size this year. It does seem drastic for Apple to announce two larger iPhones at once, although Milunovich notes that the resolution could be kept the same on both models—the pixels per inch of the 5.5-inch would just be lowered a tad.

Milunovich’s checks indicate that component orders for whatever Apple’s new hardware will be should start up around July, which falls in line with a September or October release.

Milunovich said that a larger iPhone was coming in September 2014 in a report from December 2013. Now he’s narrowing down his predictions. Publications like The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg have also reported that Apple is working on two larger iPhones at 4.7 and 5.5 inches.

  • digitaldumdum

    “Apple Will Ship Two Larger iPhones, Just Maybe Not At The Same Time [Analyst]”

    Oh dear, the word “Analyst” makes this story nearly worthless. Any of us can “analyze” what we think Apple should do based on our wants and needs, but that—and some “leaked” documents and photos— will never make it so. At least, it seldom has.

    Other key phrases such as “If the rumors are indeed true…” and “Uncertainty surrounding…” only serve as chatter.

    I wish Cult would trust it’s readers to stay on board until they it offers solid information, instead of imagining that we want to read every rumor right away, or we’ll leave. Alas, such is the nature of Internet “news” now.

    Respectfully submitted.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    4.7″ iPhone screen will be just perfect

  • cleesmith

    I don’t see the point of a 5.5 inch screen with the same resolution as a 4.7 inch screen.

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