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

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



1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

10. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

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

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

9. willard12 unregistered

"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

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

How is this related?

29. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

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

12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

3. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I will be going with the larger one.

4. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

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?

15. syncronyze

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

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

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

31. syncronyze

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

2010 predates 2008? Okay. :p

21. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

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

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

13. oborawatabinost

Posts: 45; Member since: May 18, 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.

16. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Another reason for Apple to charge $100 more

26. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

22. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

23. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

24. ncallan

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

25. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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.

27. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 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

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

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