Analyst: 2 to 3 different screen sizes for the Apple iPhone 5S?

Analyst: 2 to 3 different screen sizes for the Apple iPhone 5S?
If Topeka Capital Markets' Brian White is right, those looking to purchase the next version of the Apple iPhone 5S will be able to decide from 2 or 3 different sized displays. White recently met with a "tech-supply chain company," and perhaps something was said in that meeting to make the analyst believe that multiple screens will be available for the Apple iPhone 5S. White told his clients on Tuesday, that he believes that Apple has come to the conclusion that a "one size screen fits all" approach doesn't work any longer.

The analyst didn't say what the screen sizes will be for the Apple iPhone 5S. From the OG Apple iPhone through the Apple iPhone 4S, the display was 3.5 inches. The Motorola DROID brought its 3.7 inch glass to the market late in 2009 at about the same time that the  HTC HD2 took the screen for a smartphone over the 4 inch line with a 4.3 inch display. Last September, Apple increased the size of its screen to 4 inches with the Apple iPhone 5 although it still puts Apple well behind Android models that offer screens as large as 6.1 inches.

White, like his fellow analysts, is looking for Apple to offer a low-priced version of the iPhone. But unlike some who are calling for a price south of $200 for such a model, White doesn't see Apple pricing the low-cost model under $300 for a device that would be sold unsubsidized in emerging markets like China.

If Apple is going to fight back against Android, realizing that one size does not fit all is the first positive step that the Cupertino based firm can take.

source: CNET

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44 Comments

1. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

On no. The iPhablet. Apple are such hypocrites.

5. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

How is that? (Hypocrites) How does responding to the current market landscape make you a hypocrite?

8. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well because Steve was very anti-big screen and ripped their competition for their "Hummer" sized phones and stated no one wants them. Calling someone out for something then doing the same thing makes you a hypocrite. Granted they are 3 year late to the party since the quote below is from July 2010. Plus this goes against their whole "one size fits all" idea. Funny how competition will make you eat your words. Steve took the opportunity to rip on bigger rivals, saying that making a phone so big "you can't get your hand around it" helps, but that "no one's going to buy that." We're assuming he's likely talking about the latest crop of 4-, 4.3- and 5-inch phones that include the Galaxy S series, the EVO 4G, Droid X, and Dell Streak, even going so far as to call them "Hummers"

9. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Steve is no longer the CEO and even if he still was he wouldn't have a choice but to respond to the market's desires.

19. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I hear what you are saying but a comment made 3 or 4 years ago is not relevant to the market of today. As the market changes, companies strategies changes. It doesn't make them hypocrites. His comment was maybe relevant in 2009 or 2010 but not now. On top of that, Steve has been gone for over a year and a half now. I don't know, I just think the comment was silly. To each his own.

44. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yes, and who was responsible for the market change? The same companies he ripped, correct? It was not Apple that started the change as their stance was people don't want them and they were wrong and they realized that. They then started following the competition with the iPhone 5, which Jobs still had his hands on since development started for the 5 prior to his death in 2011, which would have been a year or less after Steve made the comment.

24. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Job has been dead for a while. And he may have been right at the time, but technology has advanced, and I don't see anything wrong with revising its stance on display sizes.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly, then he's calling apple hypocrites based on an article, that's based on an analyst that might've heard something to make him think a certain way. That makes zig8100's comment lame -1

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

go ahead apple break the samsung record 6.3"......make it 6.5" or 7" Lol it will epic one.......!!!

23. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Why, you have never change your mind?

28. menny07

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

i still wouldn't want it

38. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

They are going for 3.2 and 3.3 inch screens

40. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

N o it will be called ..."iPhad"

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

In on 100+ post thread. Posts will be mostly from fandroids..

3. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Note III at 5.9" and the iphone 5S at 4.3", and i'll be all set for 2013... ;)

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i think 4" for sure and maybe 4.3" or 4.5"

29. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Im thinking more along the lines of 3.5, 4, and 4.5. If they roll out wth 4, 4.5, and 5' I will be shocked. Apple has no choice but to adopt the current trend, which is bigger is better. I for once thought that 4' was the perfect size and Im currently rocking a 4.7' mobile device. I do however think for a smartphone the limit should be 5'. Anything bigger is tablet bound or a phablet(hate that term).

4. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I like the different colors on the antennae band. Now what do we have to do to get these on the HTC One lol?

6. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

This is great news (if true) and I will be looking to Apple as my next smartphone purchase. I have two complaints about the iPhone... 1. I would like a larger screen. 2. I would like a reengineered iOS. ... Looks like both needs will be met shortly if these rumors turn out to be true.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm hoping Dave

18. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

Yeah man, I'm not so confident that they can pull it all off for the 5S or in 2013 for that matter... but I do believe they could do it all in time for the iPhone 6. Looking forward to some great stuff out of Apple in the next 12 months! One thing that has been keeping me from changing to an Android phone is the rumored iWatch (smart watch). I think apple will do with the iWatch the same thing they did with Smart Phone when they introduced the original iPhone!!! IMO

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's what I think too bro. If apples gonna do a watch, it'll be a hit. I also think iOS 7 will be strong, because it has to be. This is a make or break year for apple, and when they need a hit they usually produce one.

7. Heretic

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

It's the year 2013. Is it really asking too much for an iphone with close to landline voice quality, an sd card slot, and an easily removable battery?

10. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The last two you've asked for won't happen. How could Apple possibly sell you a 32 or 64gb iPhone when you could buy the 16gb and add your own 64gb sd card in?

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Landline voice quality is a function of carrier support. T-Mo is supposed to be supporting HD voice in its LTE markets. Unfortunately, there aren't many T-Mo LTE markets. AT&T is starting rolling out HD voice. Hopefully AT&T's HD voice rollout goes faster than their LTE rollout.

11. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

12. Dion25

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 25, 2012

I'd be surprise to see Apple increase the size with the 5s. The Ip6, sure, but not the 5s. Look for some software updates at best.

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't include UI redesign in the 'software updates' category. iOS 7 hasn't started alpha testing as yet. The calendar isn't working in Apple's favor for v. 7 by October, 2013 if v. 7 is going to feature a UI redesign.

30. JohnnyBravo

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

I agreed but wasnt there an article that said that Apple is gathering employees from their Mac line of computers to help out with this new version of iOS? If that is the case then they are pushing for later this year. Most likely it will be in 2014 with the iPhone 6 Im thinking. Apple would be silly to push something out without proper testing. ::::coughs:::: iMaps!!

34. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Pulling engineers off OSX 10.9 to work on iOS v. 7 just illustrates how bad of a problem they have. It generally takes around 6 months to go from alpha to Golden Master. If they started alpha testing tomorrow, they could meet a mid-October Golden Master release. I haven't heard anything about alpha testing starting. I would expect iOS 7 to release in 2014. I expect Apple will do a point release of iOS 6 when the iP5S ships.

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