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Apple iPhone phablet coming as soon as this May?

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Apple iPhone phablet coming as soon as this May?
A few days ago, we passed along a report that Apple was planning on releasing two different versions of the iPhone this year, each with a different screen-size. The report had its origins with a pair of Foxconn employees. It had always been assumed that the two models would be released at the same time, most likely in the third quarter when the Apple iPhone 6 would be due. One model is allegedly carrying a 4.7 inch screen, while the other is reportedly wearing a 5.7 inch glass.

On Sunday, we learned some more about these two models. A new report out of Japan indicates that both models will not be released at the same time, and both will not be considered variants of the Apple iPhone 6. According to this new information, the 5.7 inch iPhone will be part of an entirely new series. And here is the best part of the rumor. The iPhone phablet will be launched this May while the iPhone 6 will be launched during September.

The large-screened Apple iPhone will purportedly be powered by the same A7 processor inside the Apple iPhone 5s, the Apple iPad Air and the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. It is unknown whether Apple intends to update the phablet every year, similar to what Samsung does with its Galaxy Note series.

Apple once defended the size it chose for the iPhone screen by saying that 3.5 inches was the perfect size for one-handed use of the device. Now that the Cupertino based tech titan has gone to 4 inches and is rumored to go higher, it seems that taking on Android is the most important goal.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: YahooJapan (translated) via GforGames

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posted on 05 Jan 2014, 12:48 6

1. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


answer is clear : no

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:14 1

29. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Hell Yea.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:41 2

34. trustory (Posts: 132; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I can hold the s4 easily with one hand 3.5 is small af

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:55 3

36. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Lol! It's not about can you hold the phone with one hand, but use the entire touch screen with one hand(average user). I can grip the ipad mini with one hand. I can even grip the ipad air with one hand. You are missung the point. With that being said, I would like an iPhone in the 4.7 to 5 inch range. Why are you talking about 3.5 inch? The iPhone is currently 4 inches.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 19:15 1

64. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


The only part of the S4 that's hard to reach is the upper left hand side if you're holding it with your right hand. If you bring your hand upward slightly you should be able to reach the upper left section with no problem.

Well, Apple did say that 3.5 is the perfect size for one hand use. 3.5" is way too small.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 21:36 1

66. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Apple also said that at the time where they only had a 3.5" screen. It would be bad business to promote something that your company does not currently offer, but your competitors do.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:48 2

35. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


In terms of pricing: sell two kidneys and get one iPhaplet.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 15:04

38. dratomic (Posts: 483; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


iPhab or iFap

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 15:21 1

40. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The note 3 is $300 on contract. I see the 5.7 iPhone being no different.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 16:56 3

49. michko (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 2014)


Sure there is, the Note 3 comes with 32gb. The iphone 5 or 5S are $299.99 for 32gb....with a 4 inch screen. You really should know your stuff before your comment.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 01:59

68. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I think this would be a smart move on Apple's part. May will be around the time the GS5 will release. So this device can steal thunder from that, and also get the pounce on the Note 4 or any other phablets that Samsung is planning.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 04:05

69. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Yes plzzzzz! iphone looks like a gay phone.. plz make it 4.7"..... 5.7" is also welcomed...

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 12:52

2. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


I think Apple needs to do this, and it's a welcome development if they are. What are they supposed to do, tell all the users wanting a large screen "sorry, we don't want your business, go to Samsung or LG?" Besides, this offers an option for folks who might have less-than-optimal eyesight. When companies are forced to compete, consumers win.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:29

18. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


The only reason why Apple got a smaller marketshare in smartphones business is the screen size and no widgets in iOS. If they manage to accomplish this goals, the direction of phones will have a turning point.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:36

19. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Two main reasons: Prize (iPhone is pricey, especially outside US, where is more common to buy phone off-contract) and screen size. Apple has many aces in it's sleeve.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 21:45

67. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Apple isn't looking for the most market share nor concerned about it because they've always been about making the most profit.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:57 1

25. Suo.Eno (Posts: 505; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Nope... Apple's ongoing tactic; "Buy an iPhone 1st then buy an iPad Mini/Air for your larger screen needs!" psychological RDF, which I'll stress w/ a straight face = WORKS brilliantly as much as I'm a huge Apple critic... so far.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 12:55

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Apple needs to just do what it does best - be a niche company and not worry about what others are doing...

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:01 1

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"Niche"? Apple is niche lol.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:53 1

24. KFear (Posts: 143; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Yeah...i thought the same.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 14:33 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Kinda like saying Pepsi is niche ya know

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 12:59

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Would love to see one, but not possible yet. First, they should release ~4.5" screen device so developers can start optimize apps to new resolution/size, but old apps still would look good. Then they can release bigger screen device with same resolution. Big jump, but not impossible at all.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:00 3

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


5.7 inch iphone to go along with the note 3 I bought Thursday. Can we say bliss.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:22

12. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


What happened to your Note2?

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:38 4

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Traded it and cash for my 3. I was considering one for a while. Good deal popped up on Craigslist so I pulled the trigger on it. This thing is a beast. I love the create dual screens feature.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:44 1

22. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Took me forever to learn how to turn off the ink effect. I had to go on android forums, found out I had to disable the password to bring up lock screen options that's kinda weird, but man I love this phone.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 15:47 1

46. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


So great your rocking 2 highend devices:
iP5s
Note3.

Lucky you

I have the
S4 Korean S800 version
Note3 A15 version
iP5s64GB

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 17:08

50. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


best of both worlds man

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:21

71. CreeDiddy (Posts: 845; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


By the way the S3 has multiview as well

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 13:50

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Welcome to the club darkk! How do you like it?

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