In this age of Samsung Galaxy Notes and Sony Xperia Z Ultras, Apple’s iPhone has become a smartphone range at the smaller end of the screen size spectrum. That may be about to change however according to the latest iPhone 5S rumours, which suggest Apple may be preparing to up the screen size of the iPhone for only the second time.
According to a report from Brightwire news, via Bloomberg, Apple have been forced to delay the release of the iPhone 5S in order to accommodate a new 4.3-inch screen, up from the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen.
“[Apple] halted processor production for iPhone 5S in May,” according to BrightWire news.
If the rumours are true, that’d be the second screen size jump in as many generations of the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S sporting a 3.5-inch display (incidentally, that was the size that Steve Jobs proclaimed was the mobile “sweetspot”).
The report claims that, rather than an anticipated September of October release, the iPhone 5S will now launch in time for Christmas. The rumoured budget iPhones, unaffected by the spec change, will now be the major Autumn launch for Apple.
Something a bit fishy about this one if you ask me – sure, Apple may need to react more quickly to a market that’s putting a higher value on larger screen devices, but the second screen size jump in as many iPhone generations seems a little too drastic to be Apple’s style.
By Gerald Lynch | July 17th, 2013