Rumors Swirl Around Larger iPhone 6

April 11, 2014 •

iPhone 6 Height Chart

With all upcoming iPhone models, the blogsphere is full of alleged leaked parts, guesses, and hypotheses. In the past, rumors have lead to disappointment with hardware releases, both with Apple and other electronic devices. Rumor mills still continue to throw out predictions hoping to be right, be first, and be credible.

It is widely assumed the new iPhone 6 model may be discussed briefly at Apple’s upcoming, annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco June 2-6.  While the conference has not included iPhone specific information for several years, there is always the chance Apple would release information there. More recently, the keynote addresses cover software updates for OS X and iOS, Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems, respectively.

Rumors are piecing together the form factor. Several pieces point to different sized iPhones, both a 4.7″ and 5.5″ model. If Apple releases two different sized models, it would be the first year in Apple history for two new models of different sizes. 2013 marked the first year for Apple to release two different models, the iPhone 5s and the 5c. Apple, in a leaked internal presentation, admitted the primary desire of consumers is a larger screen iPhone.

Current rumors, which would be surprising if true, expect the 4.7″ device in September and the 5.5″ unit by end of Q4. Large news companies add some weight to the claims with Reuters, The WSJ, and Bloomberg all pointing to a larger display in 2014, particularly two different sized devices.

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Rumors that, for the most part, can be taken seriously are the inclusion of a Sapphire crystal screen and a faster A8 chip. With Apple building a Sapphire plant in the US several months ago, it is acceptable to assume there would be quantity supply for a fall release date. Increasing the processor is done incrementally and not releasing the A8 with an annual expectancy would be shocking. An A8 would almost be required to drive a larger screen with any efficiency. Consequently, a larger battery would not be difficult to predict either.

Along with increased size, comes increased pixel count. Before iPhone’s upgrade to a retina display, the screen resolution remained the same. The unwavering screen resolution is in stark contrast to the myriad of Android devices with multiple resolutions. With iOS’ consistent resolution, app developers can focus on one resolution and prevent fragmentation. Often, Android apps are not developed for all resolutions, causing some apps to shrink or stretch across a device’s screen.

The current iPhone resolution is 640×1136 at 4″. Upcoming 4.7″ models may see a resolution of 1600×900 (386 ppi) and 5.5″ full “HD” resolution 1920×1080 (401 ppi). Other guesses see 1334×750 (326 ppi) and 1920×1080 (401 ppi). The varying resolutions, while making a larger screen look excellent, it may cause difficulty for developers to include native resolution apps for all devices. Expect Apple to drop the iPhone 4s at 3.5″ to help support only three sizes, 4″, 4.7″, and 5.5″ versions. It is likely developers would then lean more toward producing stand alone iPhone or iPad versions instead of universal apps, mostly because the resolutions for 5 total devices would make app sizes extremely large.

[source: MacRumors]