Peter Misek, an analyst from investment banking firm Jefferies, has claimed that Apple is already preparing a large screen iPhone but that the device will not emerge until June 2014. Canadian business paper Financial Post reports that Misek predicts the iPhone 5S will be an incremental upgrade featuring a faster processor and better camera.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has all but denied that the firm is planning to release a smartphone with a display bigger that the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5. In his company’s first quarter earnings call in March, Cook suggested that other smartphone manufacturers have produced large displays at the expense of user experience: “Our competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display. We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these tradeoffs exist.”
All this seems to point towards an iPhone 5S that follows the 4-inch screen dimensions of the current flagship, with the possibility of a larger iPhone emerging next year. The firm has certainly been more open with its screen sizes of late, having moved away from the 3.5-inch display that it resolutely stuck to with the first five iPhone iterations.
The launch of the iPad Mini has also been successful, with tech site Digitimes reporting that the smaller tablet accounted for 64% of all iPad sales in the first quarter of 2013.