As ever, take this with a grain of salt, but a new rumor from Taiwan’s Industrial & Commercial Times claims the iPhone 6 will come in two flavors: a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version. But one of those devices could launch well outside Apple’s customary September window.
We’ve heard the rumor of two different iPhone sizes before, and given recent evidence submitted in the latest Apple versus Samsung patent battle, we wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be true. In internal documents, Apple executives have shown themselves to be keenly aware that consumers want a bigger iPhone, and there’s a lot of evidence to suggest 2014 is the year when they finally deliver.
So although Taiwan’s Industrial & Commercial Times is hardly the Grey Lady of Apple journalism, there’s starting to look like a lot of smoke for the report of two differently sized iPhone 6’s in the pipeline to not have at least some validity.
What’s more surprising, though, is that the same rumor suggests that only the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available this year. It will go into mass production in July. The 5.5-inch version, however, is still having production difficulties due to the much larger screen size, and this new rumor suggests it won’t go into mass production until September, meaning it would launch closer to Christmas.
It’s not clear what Apple would do in that scenario. My guess is they’d announce both the 4.7-inch iPhone and the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 in September, giving a tentative release date of late November for the larger model, with pre-orders starting earlier in November. The 4.7-inch version, on the other hand, would go on sale in September, as usual. Apple has done this before for products that weren’t quite ready for shipment, but were ready to be announced, such as the thinner, 27-inch iMac or the new stealth black Mac Pro.
What do you think? Would you buy a 5.5-inch iPhone 6? Let us know in the comments.
Thanks: Vlad A.