Analyst wants a 5" "iPhablet" by year's end
posted by Michael H. / Feb 05, 2013, 2:02 PM
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.
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The best new new iPhablet since new iPhablet.
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:03 PM 14
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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.
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 3:04 PM 14
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yeah, they can make 5 inch phone by making the phone longer or taller whatsoever...XD
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 8:18 PM 2
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Anal-lysts are making demands too now? WTF! Who are these anals?
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:08 PM 18
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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.
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 3:07 PM 0
If analyst is so anxious to get, a large screen phone, why can't just choose the android?
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:16 PM 17
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...
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:18 PM 11
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pages > edit > select document > email please sample an iPhone before you criticize
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 6:27 PM 0
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As long as Apple keeps the same boring OS no other phone they make will surpass Android.
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:20 PM 18
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
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:24 PM 2
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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'
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 2:45 PM 4
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.
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 3:39 PM 3
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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
posted on Feb 05, 2013, 3:55 PM 0
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