Wall Streeter says Apple has made a final decision to use a 4.8 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 6

Wall Streeter says Apple has made a final decision to use a 4.8 inch screen on the Apple iPhone 6
Timothy Arcuri, an analyst with Cowen and Company, says that Apple has come to a final decision regarding the screen size of the next-gen iPhone. According to Arcuri, the Apple iPhone 6 will feature a 4.8 inch screen, up from the 4 inch glass currently employed by Apple on its flagship model. The analyst reached this figure after doing some checks of Apple's supply chain.

The report to investors dovetails a similar one made in September by well connected Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. That report said that the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen, but will not be as large as 5 inches. This way, the phone could still be operated with one hand. Whatever Kuo says should be listened to intently. Last year, weeks before the Apple iPhone 5s was unveiled, the analyst correctly predicted that the next flagship iPhone would have a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button and even correctly wrote of the sapphire that the home button would employ. More recent reports have Apple designing two separate models, a 4.7 inch iPhone 6, and a 5.7 inch phablet.

Arcuri says that the next iPhone will also offer the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac. Macs that Apple refreshed last year include the new standard, but the Apple iPhone 5s is limited to 802.11n connectivity. He also says that the next major iOS release will feature "key software innovations" with new features based on iBeacon, Passbook and TouchID. Besides the latter, he expects the 64-bit A7 processor to give Apple the ability to offer features that would allow it to gain a step up on its rivals.

The analyst expects a September unveiling of the iPhone 6, but some sources have told him that a June launch of the next generation iPhone is possible. In addition, Arcuri is also calling for the launch of a 13 inch Apple iPad later this year, which he says will blur the line between tablet and PC.

source: AppleInsider

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80 Comments

1. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Not sure why this is wallstreet news that an analyst gets involved in. Just a boost to pump up the stock, maybe! seems like the iphone will get a little bigger now. Anouther day, Anouther iphone.

62. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

The iPhone is a phenomenon that generates something like $50 billion in annual sales alone; that is more revenue than produced by companies such as Dupont, Oracle and News Corp in their entirety. Even small changes to it could generates billions in cash flow changes. Naturally, many Wall Street's top analysts keep a close eye on it, rumours of design specs, supply chain orders etc.

75. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

i hope this is true, and it needs to be 1080p to compete with other android devices, if it was 4.8" 1080p i'm in :)

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I hope this rumor is true. Champaign Gold iPhone 6!

28. bibekpachhai unregistered

I'm waiting for that to upgrade! IPhone 5s is a small screen for me!

51. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

+1 greeny from me dude... All Apple have to do now is sell rubber thumbs extensions, with a bitten apple logo on it, sorta like a conehead for the thumb.... People would certainly gobble that up for their one-handed use again, i'm sure of it... I'm drawing up a patent for this, at this very moment.

73. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Finally.... now all ilovers will say bigger is better,who needs tiny toys..

3. DOUBLE_BASS

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 18, 2012

Who said that all people wants that? I have moved from samsung endless $hitty galaxies to the iphone 5 and i am loving it. I think its size is perfect, i will use my ipad or my laptop if i wanted a bigger screen.

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Did you missed the recent Poll: How Big is big enough? What most people want is a 4.5~4.99" screen... So... next year you will be able to choose a big iPhone and the current iPhone 5S... and the lowend 5C I will stay with a 4.3" Z1 Compact in the meantime

48. Sauce unregistered

Poll......on phonearena...where everyone will do whatever they can do spoil apples name

64. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The poll had nothing to do with Apple, not even other brands... Just asking what phone size would be ideal to users, just that...

71. Sauce unregistered

We all know Apple does not have a large screen and we all know that is what a large majority of this community on this site pokes at. Lol.

77. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What if I tell you, most people actually want a slightly bigger screen... Ok dude, you're right, poor Apple... We don't give them a break.... I don't know what you complain about... Most authors here are Apple fans, and you get to read news about Apple cases, Apple ads, Apple patents, Apple farts... Yes, most commenters are android fans... And yes a lot are annoying and immature, but that goes both ways... Finally if you don't want to deal with either one of those, stay on the half of the page you like...

13. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I couldn't imagine moving from the 5" screen I currently use to a 4" screen. That seems bass ackward.

31. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well... after getting rob of my Galaxy S3 I bougth the Xperia Acro S I am currently using... and yes it felt like a step back in terms of screen size... But I never felt as confortable with the size of the S3 for that matter as I do with the Acro S... that is why I will stay at 4.3" with the Z1C for now... If they come up with a waterproof design like the ZL or at least like ZR but with next gen specs I will jump back to a bigger screen

49. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Once you get use to all that screen real estate it's hard to step back. My phone from a couple of years ago (which I still have) is 4.3" and it seems too small now. That's why I won't purchase the Note. I know once I get use to that screen I won't be able to use anything smaller.

68. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Agree. I jumped from 2.8" to 4", then to 4.7", and 3 months ago to 6.3" I'm gonna say every size is good (except for anything over 6" with huge bezels). The display size is just preference, and how well the phone fits in one hand depends on how much you are willing to learn to manage it. Now I can use the Mega 6.3 with only one hand most of the time. I like to switch back to my old phone once in a while, and it really feels like a step back (a big one) every time I do.

18. stealthd unregistered

We don't know that they're abandoning the 4" form factor. They could be doing roughly the same iphone specs in multiple screen sizes.

69. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Agree to that. The ~4" size will have to be available still because it has been a reason many people stick with the iPhone. It will piss off a lot of both Apple fans and average iPhone users if the smallest upcoming iPhone is 4.8".

4. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Still stuck on that "one hand operation" bit. Even pictures of their own engineers show them using two hands to access things on their phone, which is only 4" at the moment.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Moto X can be used with one hand yet it has a 4.7" screen.

16. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

29. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

One hand operation shouldn't be a major factor in determining screen sizes. The second you impose that restriction, you limit yourself to a lot of capabilities that are suddenly out of reach. Let's face it, this whole "one hand operation" was nothing more than Jobs defending 3.5" screens as being the perfect size. It was nonsense then and even more today. If Apple adapts larger screens, kudos for Tim Cook being a bigger person and not relying on lame excuses to hold them back.

41. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I agree with this. I've been saying the same thing ever since he mentioned it. Just like every other hyped up marketing jargon by Apple. For 37 years, Apple has been imposing marketing scheme after scheme to get people interested in it. Only after this generation falls prey to Steve Jobs' marketing prowness, does Apple do well in baiting consumers with the proverbial carrot dangling. Example: For the last two years, a couple of my colleagues have wished for a larger screen such as a 4.7 or larger. Yet, neither one will switch even thought they are upset that Apple has not issued their wishes during this time. When I ask why they make the sacrifices while Apple doesn't make any, they have no reply. They just look at me as if they have no clue. The ones that have switched, vow never to return. This is why Apple has become very rich and powerful while holding a very small marketshare. Offer less and charge more. It really is that simple. Uncle new someone that worked for Apple. After he retired, he came clean and said that "Apple's goal was to make profits off of ignorance. Consumers don't know what they want so Apple will convince them." Our generation didn't buy into the hype. Today we pay good money for our products over a two year term, we should expect the product to evolve much quicker with trend. Not leave us wanting more with no results. John B.

79. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Which is why I will never use an iphone - overpriced products - I wonder if the prices will increase due to the screen size of these new iphones...so glad I have a Nexus 5 - rooted, bootloader unlocked, replaced the kernel with one that gives me 2-4 days of battery life, depending on my usage as some days I hardly use a phone, if I am at home.

42. bigstrudel

Posts: 602; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Moto X can be used one-handed but its not even close to as comfortable. The width increase from the iPhone 5 to Moto X is 7mm. Thats a big jump. Pretty close to going from an S4 to a Note 3 in terms of width.

50. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

The width may be wider, but the edges taper down the curved back and it fits your hand much more comfortablt than the boxy iPhone.

5. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

If this rumour is true, what will Alan, Michael, Victor and Ray S now say about iPhone's "PERFECT" 4-inch screen; they have been quoted in the past as saying anything above 4 inches is unnecessary, too big and dumb!!????

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

And car companies used to think that anything above 40mph was stupid and unnecessary. Times change, opinions change, and ideas change.

66. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Please are still stupid.

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