Analyst cites Apple's difficulties producing 4.8 inch screen for 2014 launch of larger Apple iPhone

Analyst cites Apple's difficulties producing 4.8 inch screen for 2014 launch of larger Apple iPhone
With speculation heating up that Apple is going to offer a larger screened version of the Apple iPhone, called the Apple iPhone Math or Apple iPhone + (the latter seems more likely), a research note from Jefferies' Peter Misek is quite timely. Misek told clients that Apple is having problems producing 4.8 inch glass for what he calls the Apple iPhone 6. Production yields are said to be too low. The analyst delicately calls it "screen yield issues".

Misek says that builds for the Apple iPhone 5 are dropping with the latest figure for the quarter at 30 million, down from 40 million. The amalyst says that Apple had hoped to turn things around by releasing a 4.8 inch version of its iconic smartphone to challenge the very successful Samsung GALAXY Note series, which appears to be growing its screen size geometrically from 5.3 inches to 5.5 inches to an expected 6.3 inches for the Samsung GALAXY Note III. Misek has a "Hold" on the stock with a $500 target. Apple is currently trading at $469, well off the $705 high it hit the day the Apple iPhone 5 launched last September.

source: Barron's via BGR

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31 Comments

1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

4.8" iPhone, the longest iPhone yet.

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

That's what she said.

26. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Perhaps he......

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It might be cool if it came with a wacom stylus or somthing like that tucked into the device. That is probly why the note series does well. If it did not have that I would guess the note would not have done as well. I know I would have stayed at 4.7 inches and below if my note 2 did not carry on. I also atliest would have considered the dna because untill I get motovated enough to root my note I hate touch wiz and cant wait to get rid of it and as a matter of fact would have gone with the razer max hd or waited for the next version of it coming out soon that google had a loy of input on that is suposed to come with key lime pie or version 5.0

32. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Can't do. Samsung owns 5% of Wacom now. With the escalating patent lawsuits between the two, your suggestion just ain't gonna happen

16. KParks23

Posts: 722; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Wasn't it apple preaching about how 3.5 inch is the perfect size and anything bigger is stupid I'm pretty sure I remember them saying that!

17. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

If Apple's next iPhone has a 4.8" screen and they call it "innovative," I'm gonna jump into a lake full of razor blades.

30. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

With a 6th row of icons? Revolutionary! haha

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

These too low yields are just a nother PR excercise to justify the huge price tag that this 4.8 will carry. Others have no yeiled problems only Apple has issues. Ridiculous that same old rumour gets dished out with every new version. Can't they think of something else?

24. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

It may have also something to do with the fact that they're trying to avoid using samsung and it's impacting their supplies. Look at all the ipad launches. It's always samsung saving the day for apple since everyone else struggles to achieve the yield they need

31. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Agree. Apple's PR team are merely preparing the iPeople for the shockingly more bloated than ever cost of this 4.8inch iphone. I can't wait for the time when US carriers stop subsidizing phones. Let's see who will rule the US by then..

4. alila2

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

awesome , long enough to be a great back itching devise. Apple you genius you.

5. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Wonder if it will take as long for Apple to get a large screen as it did for them to get 4G? 2 years behind. Poor Apple still playing catch up! SMH Apple innovative...LMAO yeah right! Only with trying to make bs patents and lawsuits!

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Apple can make an iphone as big as they want! The only thing that will get me to think about buying one would be an fresh, new OS. I don't want a bigger screen just so I can fit more apps in a grid...

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hurry up I want my math

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And i am waiting for Al-Zerba from apple:)

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maaaaaaaaaaath

12. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Take it! And that ridiculous OS lol

11. affandi

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

"to challenge the very successful Samsung GALAXY Note series" Easy there buddy, how is a 4.8 inch iPhone supposed to challenge a big 5.5 - 6.3 inch phablet? It would be safer to assume that Apple is 'trying' to target the coming 5 inch android models.. One step at a time Apple... one...step....at....a........time.

13. fahqman

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

if this does come out, it would have a special feature like adding two more rows... but the rest stays the same...as usual....since 2007

33. jsdechavez

Posts: 793; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Yeah..and they create all the fuss for that extra row of icons.. holy baloney.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How bout just buy android phone. Apple will never surpasses no bigger than 4.8

15. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I really hope they don't go bigger than 4.3...anything else is too big

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bucky c'mon bro 4.8 man

21. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

4.8 and you'll like it becase the Apple says so.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Shhhhhhhhhh can't focus on my math, due to your hot air.

18. GhostBear

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Isn't it more about overall device size than screen size, the more screen you can fit on a device the better. Although there isn't much bezel left on the sides to eliminate anymore.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But there is still big top and bottom bezels, or whatever they are called. They could have kept the iPhone 5 the same size as the iPhone 4/4S if they reduce the top and bottom bezel more.

20. centurion

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

l will love see that phone in 4.8 screen, for those apple fan in their hands so l can call them hypocrite or in other words call them losserrr

29. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

they need this larger screen for their aging market. Their old customers demand larger dial & larger text.

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