Apple going with 4.7" and 5.7" iPhone trials for next year, colorful entry level one to be $99

Apple going with 4.7
When it rains, it pours. After Apple entered the modern mobile OS era with iOS 7 revealed on Monday, now sources with knowledge of the matter have confirmed for Reuters that Cupertino is actively looking into larger screens and affordable versions in more colors for its iPhone franchise.

While the colorful cheapo iPhone and ones with big displays have been rumored to be in Apple's labs for a while, for the first time we get the sizes that Apple is considering, and screenwise they seem to be in line with what the Android army is offering now.

Apple is reportedly seriously examining 4.7" and 5.7" sizes, which is just shy of today's Android flagship and upcoming phablets average. Still, this doesn't mean those will see the light of day next year, but rather that Apple might be testing them to determine usability: "They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype," said one of the sources.

As for the affordable iPhone, it is indeed being actively worked on, looking similar to what we have now, but in casing made of different materials and painted in multiple colors. The price bandied about for it is around $99, and to get to that point Apple might be slipping the announcement into a later date even, mentioned the source.

The iPhone 5S with fingerprint reading technology and the entry level iPhone will reportedly start trial runs soon, with the flagship ramping up in August for the September announcement. The plastic iPhone was supposed to follow the same scheme and start test runs this month, but "the mixing of colors is taking longer than expected as Apple has very high and idealistic standards," said a source in Asia. Still, the plan for now apparently is to ship 20 million of those entry level iPhones in Q4, when the holiday shopping craze will be in full bloom.

source: Reuters

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59 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

iPhone Max... Suddenly the world of Apple seems bright...only slightly.

16. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

you mean BIG :P

26. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not exactly....you know "your future is bright" kind of thing?? :)

27. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

With a 4.7 inch screen and the massive bezel apple insists on top and bottom in its phone design means it would be a huge iPhone in size,screen the size of a HTC one but the overall height measurement of a galaxy note 2.all those teen girls buying base that are apples primary market would struggle to hold it.Also wouldnt a 5.7 inch iPhone really just be an iPad mini mini?

33. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Yea yesterday i was thinking about that big ass button on the bottom of the screen but it honestly doesn't have to be that big

46. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Don't forget all those commercials about everything being in reach of your thumb for one hand use. Apple says their current screen size is perfect at 4", they'll have to change the marketing.

56. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Thats Why there be 4.7 plus the 4" Two options for them

28. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

4.7' and 5.7' = even longer with the same width.

31. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

With an ir led included then these sized iphone are definitely tv remote controls! Perhaps this mockery has some truth in at afterall!! http://www.avforums.com/forums/attachments/iphone-5/345649-iphone-10-image-2203295317.jpg

45. Anti-Troll

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Innovation returns!

47. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

This is not Innovation !! They are just Following what Others are doing...Which means they don't hav it in them anymore ...Appl's innovations are dead with Jobs ..

49. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

LOL, you sound ridiculous.

2. mikewillz

Posts: 52; Member since: May 03, 2013

Intriguing....

38. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Even as an Android follower, were this to happen, it would be _huge_ for Apple. I can already see the conference introducing these things and all the buzzwords they'll be throwing around, and insults at Android they'll be levying. Think I'll have to turn my internet off if this comes true..

3. YourNightmare

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Only 100 bux ?? This seems so fake, even a freaking 3GS is more expensive and apple making a smartphone 5,7"..haha nice try maybe the iPad mini 3.

9. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I think that's the contract price, most phones cost more than $100 to make

14. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

If phone arena didn't remove it, I'd give you a thumbs down for making such an idiotic statement. You think a smartphone off contract would be less than $100???

35. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, good luck finding a flip phone for $100 off contract.

57. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

There's Verizon PAY AS YOU go Samsung flip phones for $10 at my local Walmart and the smartphones start at $60

52. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

there are many androids for that much, and I expect the 520 to be that cheap in the future

42. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If they make a 5.7" without contract will probably be around 799$.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

4.7 is a great size iphone 6.

13. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Well as long as it's not longer

17. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

agreed, longer phones makes it look weird. and surfing web makes it all difficult to read. even on landscape mode.

19. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

agreed, longer phones makes it look weird. and surfing web makes it all difficult to read. even on landscape mode.

5. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This is a great example of my problem with Apple. They shun Android and its Manufactures then turn around and follow in their footsteps. Hypocrites.

6. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Such a Kid.. Learn to adapt with nature, you'll surely get a life..

24. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I don't see how your comment applies to my argument. I'm pointing out the hypocrisy of Apples marketing practices. Nothing childish about that. What's childish is that your response was to insult me instead making an argument.

37. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Agree with your statements. But this is just the way Apple is. Consider this: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. =)

39. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

I think he was implying that your argument made no business sense. In business everyone argues that their ideas are right until proven otherwise and then they adapt to the times. To suggest that they should just stick to their guns even though it is proven that people want bigger phones is just silly.

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