It’s that time of year again for Apple rumors – well, actually, the Apple buzz never seems to go out of season, does it?
The current crop of juicy rumors has to do with the upcoming replacement for the range-topping iPhone 5S, as well as what some analysts are saying will be Apple’s addition to the iPhone lineup, a larger-screened iPhone phablet. Said phone will supposedly sport a bigger 4.7-in display and a fresh new design – an even thinner housing than that of the iPhone 5S and a processor that’s even faster than that powering the 5S – and the iPhone phablet will have a similar design but will come with a larger 5.5-in screen.
Staggered release schedules?
The latest rumor, from Taiwanese Industrial and Commercial Times and relayed to us by Boy Genius Report and EMSOne, states that while the purported larger-screened iOS device is indeed in the works, its production is taking a back seat to that of the supposed iPhone 6. Apple is purportedly hard at work getting the iPhone 6 ready for release in the fall of 2014.
However, insist these and other sources, the Cupertino-based company won’t begin mass production of the iPhone phablet until sometime in September, and will thus only hit the market later in 2014 or maybe in early 2015.
A staggered launch schedule for these two purported devices – with the new iPhone slated to be released before the phablet – seems to make sense given that Apple certainly wouldn’t want any new phablet to steal its most popular product’s thunder.
Up on the bandwagon… ?
While Apple has been adamant about producing devices that are optimized for one-hand operation – the iPhone debuted with a 3.5-in display in 2007, and persisted with screens of that size for four years – the company has begun to appear to consider that it can ill afford to ignore the burgeoning market for larger screened devices, even though they are somewhat harder to operate than smaller ones. The iPhone 5, introduced in 2012, had a screen half an inch longer than any of its predecessors.
More recently, as revealed during the course of the ongoing Apple-Samsung trial, Apple may have admitted that “customers want what we don’t have” – phones with larger screens than what it currently offers, the only segment of the smartphone market that’s currently seeing any growth whatsoever – and thus may have no choice but to join practically every other manufacturer on the ‘phablet’ bandwagon.
[ via Boy Genius Report ]