Apple iPhone phablet coming as soon as this May?

Apple iPhone phablet coming as soon as this May?
A few days ago, we passed along a report that Apple was planning on releasing two different versions of the iPhone this year, each with a different screen-size. The report had its origins with a pair of Foxconn employees. It had always been assumed that the two models would be released at the same time, most likely in the third quarter when the Apple iPhone 6 would be due. One model is allegedly carrying a 4.7 inch screen, while the other is reportedly wearing a 5.7 inch glass.

On Sunday, we learned some more about these two models. A new report out of Japan indicates that both models will not be released at the same time, and both will not be considered variants of the Apple iPhone 6. According to this new information, the 5.7 inch iPhone will be part of an entirely new series. And here is the best part of the rumor. The iPhone phablet will be launched this May while the iPhone 6 will be launched during September.

The large-screened Apple iPhone will purportedly be powered by the same A7 processor inside the Apple iPhone 5s, the Apple iPad Air and the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. It is unknown whether Apple intends to update the phablet every year, similar to what Samsung does with its Galaxy Note series.

Apple once defended the size it chose for the iPhone screen by saying that 3.5 inches was the perfect size for one-handed use of the device. Now that the Cupertino based tech titan has gone to 4 inches and is rumored to go higher, it seems that taking on Android is the most important goal.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: YahooJapan (translated) via GforGames

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71 Comments

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

answer is clear : no

29. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Hell Yea.

34. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I can hold the s4 easily with one hand 3.5 is small af

36. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Lol! It's not about can you hold the phone with one hand, but use the entire touch screen with one hand(average user). I can grip the ipad mini with one hand. I can even grip the ipad air with one hand. You are missung the point. With that being said, I would like an iPhone in the 4.7 to 5 inch range. Why are you talking about 3.5 inch? The iPhone is currently 4 inches.

64. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

The only part of the S4 that's hard to reach is the upper left hand side if you're holding it with your right hand. If you bring your hand upward slightly you should be able to reach the upper left section with no problem. Well, Apple did say that 3.5 is the perfect size for one hand use. 3.5" is way too small.

66. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Apple also said that at the time where they only had a 3.5" screen. It would be bad business to promote something that your company does not currently offer, but your competitors do.

35. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

In terms of pricing: sell two kidneys and get one iPhaplet.

38. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

iPhab or iFap

40. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The note 3 is $300 on contract. I see the 5.7 iPhone being no different.

49. michko

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2014

Sure there is, the Note 3 comes with 32gb. The iphone 5 or 5S are $299.99 for 32gb....with a 4 inch screen. You really should know your stuff before your comment.

68. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think this would be a smart move on Apple's part. May will be around the time the GS5 will release. So this device can steal thunder from that, and also get the pounce on the Note 4 or any other phablets that Samsung is planning.

69. Ashoaib

Posts: 3275; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yes plzzzzz! iphone looks like a gay phone.. plz make it 4.7"..... 5.7" is also welcomed...

2. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I think Apple needs to do this, and it's a welcome development if they are. What are they supposed to do, tell all the users wanting a large screen "sorry, we don't want your business, go to Samsung or LG?" Besides, this offers an option for folks who might have less-than-optimal eyesight. When companies are forced to compete, consumers win.

18. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The only reason why Apple got a smaller marketshare in smartphones business is the screen size and no widgets in iOS. If they manage to accomplish this goals, the direction of phones will have a turning point.

19. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Two main reasons: Prize (iPhone is pricey, especially outside US, where is more common to buy phone off-contract) and screen size. Apple has many aces in it's sleeve.

67. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Apple isn't looking for the most market share nor concerned about it because they've always been about making the most profit.

25. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Nope... Apple's ongoing tactic; "Buy an iPhone 1st then buy an iPad Mini/Air for your larger screen needs!" psychological RDF, which I'll stress w/ a straight face = WORKS brilliantly as much as I'm a huge Apple critic... so far.

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Apple needs to just do what it does best - be a niche company and not worry about what others are doing...

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Niche"? Apple is niche lol.

24. KFear

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Yeah...i thought the same.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kinda like saying Pepsi is niche ya know

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Would love to see one, but not possible yet. First, they should release ~4.5" screen device so developers can start optimize apps to new resolution/size, but old apps still would look good. Then they can release bigger screen device with same resolution. Big jump, but not impossible at all.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5.7 inch iphone to go along with the note 3 I bought Thursday. Can we say bliss.

12. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

What happened to your Note2?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Traded it and cash for my 3. I was considering one for a while. Good deal popped up on Craigslist so I pulled the trigger on it. This thing is a beast. I love the create dual screens feature.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Took me forever to learn how to turn off the ink effect. I had to go on android forums, found out I had to disable the password to bring up lock screen options that's kinda weird, but man I love this phone.

46. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

So great your rocking 2 highend devices: iP5s Note3. Lucky you I have the S4 Korean S800 version Note3 A15 version iP5s64GB

50. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

best of both worlds man

71. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2145; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

By the way the S3 has multiview as well

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Welcome to the club darkk! How do you like it?

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