Since the iPhone 4S’ launch in 2011, every iPhone has come out in either October or September. It used to not be that way though. The original iPhone all the way up to the iPhone 4 launched in Summer. Now one analyst believes Apple will go back to that again with its next smartphone.
Tencent is reporting that Chinese analyst Sun Chyang Xu has predicted Apple will start making the iPhone 6 in a trial capacity in February. The new iPhone will then enter mass production in May with a launch coming in June just in time for Apple’s annual WWDC conference.
So, what can we expect from the iPhone 6? We don’t know much yet, but Chyang Xu thinks it will sport a larger screen. Apple finally upgraded the iPhone’s display size from 3.5-inches to 4-inches with the iPhone 5, and now it’s rumored that the iPhone 6 will sport a 4.7-inch display.
Interestingly enough, Chyang Xu predicts that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be the first of two iPhone models being released this year. For later in the year, he expects Apple to release an even larger iPhone with a 5.7-inch display. By doing so, Apple will finally enter the phablet market that’s beginning to attract more attention thanks to devices like the Galaxy Note III and HTC One Max.
Of course, rumors of a large iPhone have around since April of last year. At that time, analyst Peter Misek said that a large iPhone would launch in June 2014. Coincidence? Probably, but it certainly lends more credence to both analysts’ predictions.
With Apple increasingly being seen as behind the curve when compared to its rivals, it will have to shake things up with the iPhone 6. A fingerprint scanner was certainly an interesting addition to the iPhone 5S, but a larger display would finally put Apple’s flagship device on equal footing with its competitors. Granted, some of Apple’s biggest fans, and the management itself, feels that its current display size is just fine. It will be interesting to see if the larger market agrees this year if Apple decides to stay at 4-inches.