Another analyst says the next iPhone will sport a 4.8-inch display

Douglas Soltys

January 22, 2014 9:11pm

Please note that I approach this latest report with the weariness of Robyn Doolittle walking into a Rob Ford media scrum: another Wall Street analyst claims to know the screen size of the next iPhone.

In a note issued to investors Wednesday, Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company claimed that Apple has “locked down” the design of its next iPhone instalment, which will include a 4.8-inch display and 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio. Arcuri also stated that the device will feature further integration of Touch ID, Passbook, and iBeacon, as Apple makes a push into mobile payments.

Arcuri’s musings are in-line with previous iPhone 6 analyst predictions, which we’ve been reporting as far back as October. Of course, consistency does not necessarily lend credence. The logistics of smartphone manufacturing necessitate that Apple or any other manufacturer “lock down” key specifications well prior to device launch, and it is an industry-wide pastime to insist that Apple must a some point release a device more in-line with competitor offerings. Just this week, a ‘report’ was released that stated a larger iPhone 6 would only be a summer precursor to a 5.7-inch phablet slated for the fall; both devices would come with requisite new screen resolutions.

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While the tweet above quickly deflates one of the more ridiculous examples of the Apple rumour mill, I defer to my colleague’s more detailed argument as to the realities of future iPhones. The 4-inch screen size of the iPhone 5c and 5s isn’t going anywhere soon, which will most likely lead Apple to be very deliberate in the introduction of any new form factors this year, especially when they pair so well with the hot selling 7.9-inch iPad Mini. This is to be expected: Apple doesn’t do anything until its good and ready, no matter how many people clamour at change for change’s sake.

  • AReid

    Nothing wrong with more options.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Exactly and it’s about darn time Apple do something to address battery life on the iPhone, in my opinion. Battery life on the iPad, great. Battery life on the MBA, great. Battery life on the iPhone, horrible. It’s time to finally increase the size of the battery in the iPhone more than just 100 mAh… it’s been like 7 effing years…

    • Tyrone_83

      Agreed if for some reason they put a 2100 or 3000mah I would so get one..

  • Maxianos

    It’s about time they make a larger version of the iPhone. I know a lot of people prefer the iPhone for its smaller size but they could make both. Like a larger one (version 6) and maybe a smaller one (version 6c).

  • Wizzy

    All of a sudden those giant Android displays that Apple fanboys hate will become amazing, revolutionary, and magical!

    • hyperhyper

      My favourite part will be when they complain how all the Android and Microsoft phones then copied Apple with the larger display. Same will go for the resolution increase when they introduce “Retina Redux” screens.

  • Bri

    I like smaller size devices these days. Owning a note 2 for a quite some time made me go sick of large devices. Especially when I own a nexus 7, note is a waste of my pocket space. I like to use something simple and small so I recently got a nexus 4 again and I’m pretty happy. Not very happy with the battery life though.

  • TP

    I thought Jobs was right?
    7″ tablets are dead on arrival!
    3.5″ is the perfect size for consumers!

    • jndvrk

      Yes, and 640k is still more than enough for everyone.

    • TP

      What does that statement made by journalists and gossipers have to do with this?

  • hyperhyper

    The big news is that it appears that Apple has invented a time machine because it looks like they are about to take a trip back to 2011 so they can catch up to display sizes!

    I’m curious to see how they manage battery life on the bigger screen. To date, Apple has had a relatively easy ride with battery life due to their stone age display sizes.

    Maybe next year, Apple can do away with their iOS design disaster and provide a more usable UI. I have so many older people ask me to explain their Notification center. My answer is that they should go to the Apple store and ask a Genius to explain it to them. I mention that they paid a premium to buy the phone so they should take advantage of that premium cost and get Apple to explain everything to them. It’s a free service.

  • volim volim

    I have Samsung note 2 and planning to go back to more comfortable iPhone 5s..easier to hold and carry. I would consider iPhone 6 but only at in 4 in (10cm) as 4.7 might be too big. The hope is that they continue making 4in and maybe couple if larger models for those that think they need larger scredn. It’s good to have at least 3 sizes so you can actually go back and forth if change your mind while he size you prefer.