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5.5-inch iPhone may have faster internals than the iPhone 6

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5.5-inch iPhone may have faster internals than the iPhone 6
From everything that we've been hearing, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could be hitting the market before the 5.5-inch iPhone, and it seems there may be a reason for that. Apple might be taking a page from Samsung's playbook and having the larger iPhone also have faster internals than the iPhone 6, just like the Samsung Galaxy Note is a spec upgrade compared to the Galaxy S series. 

According to supply chain sources for Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri, the larger iPhone will almost certainly have a processor with a faster clock speed. This wouldn't be much of a surprise given that the iPad Air is also clocked faster than the iPad mini, despite using the same processor. However, it is possible that the larger iPhone may feature a larger die, which would allow room for more significant upgrades to things like the GPU and more. 

It is possible that the two iPhones could also feature different touch modules, but that part of the rumor isn't as solid as the rest; and, it is also unclear exactly what it would mean in terms of functionality to have different touch modules in the two iPhones. With luck, we'll get to see both iPhones announced next month, and maybe get more information soon enough. 

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:09 5

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 4644; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


If it wasn't for Industry rumors, Apple would have no news for months and months.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 21:11 1

10. jshan (Posts: 200; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Apple isn't a new station to have news by daily ! Newsmen doing it !!

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:09

2. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


i wonder how big the 5.5in one would be compared to other similarly sized phones like the OnePlus One

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:22 1

6. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Definitely not as compact as the LG G3. I'm guessing it'll be closer to the size of the Note 3...

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 21:00 3

9. willard12 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


"This is why so many people simply buy an iPhone instead of a Samsung device. There are just too many confusing choices, which is not what the average consumer wants..." - Fzacek

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:06 2

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


How is this related?

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 12:17

29. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


@fzacek, you have stupid fanboy arguments dressed up to look like they were written by a person with a brain

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 21:51

12. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


No, at least the bottom bezel will be way bigger.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:10 1

3. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I will be going with the larger one.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:14 9

4. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Interesting. So now Apple is copying Samsung with the larger phablet version that is going to have faster internals and to be released later? Wow. That doesn't sound new.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:21

5. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


um.....definitely not copying samsung! lol

just bc a copany rushes something to the market doesn't mean they are copying. they are doing what is expected.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 21:29 2

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


You also forgot they are also copying HTC CURVE body back design too. and who wants to spend that much on a over size iPod touch?

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:15

15. syncronyze (Posts: 103; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


Apple had the "HTC CURVE body back design" before the HTC One did. Check out the iPod Touch 2nd Generation, friend.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:52 2

19. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


HTC DesireHD.
Slight curve in back with tapered edges.
Predates that.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:54 1

20. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Crap, sorry disregard my above post, I read post above mine incorrectly.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 17:49

31. syncronyze (Posts: 103; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


2010 predates 2008? Okay. :p

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 00:22 1

21. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


yes just like samsung coppy apple with tablet what a cruel life

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:46

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Great!... Hopefully I can convince the misses to get a 5.5" iPhone so that I can toy around with it...

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 20:53

8. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


I would certainly hope so. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to have the larger 5.5" be exactly the same as the 4.7". I'm also hoping the 5.5" is thinner and looks a little different than the 4.7", doesn't have to be drastic, just slightly different physically.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 22:06

13. oborawatabinost (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 May 2014)


I find this highly unlikely. The whole philosophy of apple is not to have a ton of different hardware for developers to have to support. More changes in internal hardware means more difficult coding for app developers which is not something they want right now. Optimization will keep them performing with the best without changes in hardware within product generations.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:16 4

16. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Another reason for Apple to charge $100 more

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:46

26. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


The Note's are usally $100 more than the S's, what is your point?

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:31 3

17. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


This kind of sounds like the competition turned up this nugget of info to spoil early sales or at least deflate them a little.

Just saying.

posted on 04 Aug 2014, 23:49 1

18. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It is very strange to see "the next model will be better" even before the first model is unveiled.

So perhaps a competitor using the "osborne effect" or maybe Apple setting the stage for a somewhat disappointing 4.7" iPhone 6.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 00:30 1

22. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I can't see Apple doing this for any reason.
However, I can see other OEM/OS OEM promoting it.
My hunch is Samsung or MS through very clandestine measures.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 00:51

23. Iodine (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah, that's expectable. Bigger body, better heat dissipation, somewhat less thermal throttling (if there will be any) and potentially higher awerage clock speeds. But I wouldn't expect anything more than 0,1 Ghz or two. Unless there are two different chips.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 02:51

24. ncallan (Posts: 36; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Haven't had an iPhone since the 3GS. I'd be interested in a 5.5 inch for sure but I honestly don't think it exists. The 4.7 inch one has been leaking all over the place but there's been next to nothing on the 5.5.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:06

25. Suo.Eno (Posts: 498; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Good news for iPhablet fans but for their sake I truly hope that it'll pack at least a 3000mAh to go with that.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 08:51

27. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)


the iphone 6 4.7 will have a fhd display while the 5.5 one will have QHD one
so if apple want to keep the 5.5 one as the 4.7 one they need to give it a faster internals

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:54

28. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Of course it will be faster. The iPad Air is noticeably better than the mini because of the slightly higher clock but more importantly, the bigger battery. There will be a lot less thermal throttling on the 5.5 inch iPhone because it won't hold back the processor and GPU as much in order to save battery.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 13:30

30. Ethos (unregistered)


apple are AGAIN stupid and wasting !! same as with ip5 c the 4.7 phone again , wont be sellin good .. they will have to stop it .. only bigger version will be seeling out...

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