Analyst wants a 5" "iPhablet" by year's end

Analyst wants a 5
This is the pinnacle of what it means to be an analyst in the tech industry. At some point, you can stop bothering with silly predictions based on reasonable expectations or even inside source rumors. At some point, just say what you want to see and call it a prediction. At least, that seems to be what Barclays Capital‘s Ben Reitzes is doing in saying that he wants to see a 5" iPhablet by the year's end.

To be clear, there is no real reason to expect a 5" iPhone by year's end. It's just that Reitzes and other analysts think "the time is right" for Apple to release such a product. Of course, given the state of the smartphone market, the time has been right for a larger iPhone for a couple years now. The other issue we have with this "prediction" is that we're not so sure a 5" iPhone would fall into the category of a "phablet" any more. It seems more like people just wanted to use the term "iPhablet".

New flagship Android smartphones are coming in at the 5" mark, and phablets from Samsung and Huawei are cracking the 6" mark, so we're reluctant to call a 5" iPhone a phablet. a 5" iPhone is just that, a 5" iPhone. A true iPhablet would have to be around the 6" mark to fit between a larger iPhone and the iPad mini, which is 7.9".

Reitzes says the time is right for a larger iPhone because 5" smartphones are going to dominate the market this year (which is true), and because one-handed operation is becoming "less important" because basic phone functions are less important than navigation and other apps. Reitzes echoes the other analysts that are expecting the iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone for emerging markets in the middle of the year, with the 5" iPhone coming at the end of the year. A redesigned iPhone 6 makes sense at the end of the year, so it is certainly possible, but ultimately this is just a 50/50 prediction based on hope alone.

source: Barron's

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45 Comments

1. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The best new new iPhablet since new iPhablet.

9. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

The anal-lysts are saying that the preorders are over 5 million in the first minute for this device that can fit anything.

12. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Look at these chickens changing their wings. just a few days ago they criticized others for too big screen. Apple does things that just makes u want to b***ch slap them. itunes, limited ios, proprietary "lightening" port(which isnt even usb 3.0) and now entering zone which they criticized before.

13. fanboysrdumb

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

going to make fandroids cry about something else since the screen is bigger lol still ofcourse the ui is horrid non the less.

32. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

yeah, they can make 5 inch phone by making the phone longer or taller whatsoever...XD

36. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

It won't be a phablet it will be the iremote. With the same width of the iphone screen but with 5" of screen it is sure to be the best touchscreen remote ever.

2. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Anal-lysts are making demands too now? WTF! Who are these anals?

15. fanboysrdumb

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

these are the big dogs that pull plugs and you go on unemployement. they sit on wall street and call shots while you like an ant get crushed.

31. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

lol, analysts are not the "big boss". They're mere analysts. They just predict/forecast what might happen after few years/months.

30. i.wish.he.still.here

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

They just a bunch off ass hole that don't care about apple at all. They just want apple share to go down and up so they can get lots of profit by doing nothing.

3. MrWilli5

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

analysts are wack

45. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

sounds very creepy ...........

4. wendygarett unregistered

If analyst is so anxious to get, a large screen phone, why can't just choose the android?

29. i.wish.he.still.here

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

The word read: "Apple, if you're not going to release the 5" phablet, your share gonna fall bellow US$ 200."

5. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

OMG this would be so revolutionary!!!

14. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

yeah all icons fits only one home screen XD

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Sure, it'l be iPhone 6. AKA iPad mini nano. Or is it iPad mini pro? Perhaps iPhone pro? And you still won't be able to send documents via e-mail in 2013...

27. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

pages > edit > select document > email please sample an iPhone before you criticize

41. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh so you need a 10$ app just to send a document via e-mail. What if I want to send an MP3 file to someone? Do I need a 10$ app for that too? LOL.

46. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

whatever app you are in has functionality to send an email...

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1459; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

As long as Apple keeps the same boring OS no other phone they make will surpass Android.

17. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

now aint that the troof...

23. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Preach it bro!!! I agreed with u, its the ios that needs to be remodeled!!!

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Lmao. Thise analyst are stupid. Apple will never release a 5"phone phablet. They might as well buy the xperia z which is 5"phone droid dna or upcoming 5"phone m7 & gs 4. It will be another year till apple release their own iphablet and their so behind technology mobile. 2013 is the year for 5"phone phones

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Isn't the ipad and ipad mini already phablet versions of the iphone,or is that the ipod should i say?1 But then the ipad is the ipod touch xl,apple gets its ifans all confused so they better buy them all. All apple need to know about apple devices is 'ipaid'

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

they don't have cellular call radios in them. only to brows on their web

11. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Lets work on a 4.5" first. we have yet to even see that.

18. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Or maybe a Fap-let?

19. hepresearch unregistered

Fits the trend... 4" is becoming the standard for compact smartphones. 5" is becoming the standard for full-size smartphones. 6" may become the new standard for 'phablets'. 7" is the standard for small tablets. 8" to 9" is the squish-room for mid-size tablets. 10" is the standard for large tablets. Anything 3.5" and below seems to be 'sub-compact' among mobile phones these days. So, the 'iPhone 5S' fits the 4" compact smartphone group. The 'iPhone Math' could be closer to 6" than to 5", filling the 'phablet' slot. The new iPad mini is in the mid-size tablet group. The new iPad is a full-on large tablet. Google's Nexus products are in similar fashion. The Nexus 4 is in between 4" and 5", somewhere between compact and full-size for a smartphone. The Nexus 7 is the small tablet, and the Nexus 10 is the large tablet. Samsung's new Galaxy S IV is supposedly sporting a very-nearly-5" screen, and is thus a full-size smartphone, and I suspect that a new Samsung Note III would be much closer to 6" to keep with the new 'phablet' trend. If Apple made a smaller, less expensive low-end or prepaid version of the iPhone, as some have purported is indeed the case, then I would suspect that it would go to the sub-compact segment... back to a 3.5" screen, or maybe slightly smaller. That would sell like crazy if it was cheap enough for the 'casual' user, or the not-so-affluent 'social' user, to afford.

20. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

This bit of news isnt surprising to me. Apple KNEW that they had to cut into the "Phablet" era that we're into right now. The key is whether or not Apple can compete with Samsung as far as specs are concerned. I like the Note II because of specs, design, and features (Like the S-Pen) If Apple can compete with Samsung, then they'll be relevant again

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