The iPhone 6 will feature a larger screen and arrive in the middle of 2014 according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek. This new claim comes after Apple CEO Tim Cook downplayed larger screen smartphones, telling investors there are too many “tradeoffs” for Apple to release an iPhone 6 with a larger display.
Apple is reportedly prepping an iPhone 5S for this fall and based on Cook’s comments it will feature the same 5-inch display as the iPhone 5, but Cook left the field open for an iPhone 6 with a larger display.
Misek previously claimed the iPhone 6 will arrive in June 2014, a “delayed” release date thanks to supply chain issues, which he also claims are behind Apple’s decision to push new products to the fall.
In a new note shared by Financial Post, Misek claims the iPhone 6 release is set for June 2014 and that the iPhone 6 will feature a larger screen.
The timing comes based on Apple’s supply chain being “primed for an iPhone 5S”, which Misek claims will take up to three quarters to transition to the iPhone 6.
The key differentiator for the iPhone 6 model will reportedly be a larger display. This note to investors did not address the specific size of a larger iPhone 6 display. Misek previously claimed the iPhone 6 display will grow to 4.8-inches, slightly larger than the HTC One display.
In December 2012 Misek described an iPhone 6 prototype with the following specs and features,
- 4.8-inch Sharp IGZO Display
- Retina+ Resolution
- Apple A7 Quad-Core Processor
- No Home Button
- A New Design
In addition to these features an iPhone 6 would most likely incorporate any new iPhone 5S features. In the most recent note Misek claims Apple will prepare an iPhone 5S with a fingerprint reader, a component that is rumored to incorporate into the home button. The iPhone 5S could include NFC technology, but Misek also notes Apple could rely on a barcode system for payments.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features barcode technology that mimics a barcode by beaming light using the proximity sensor, a feature that makes barcodes readable by almost any scanner. If Apple incorporated similar technology into a mobile payment system users might be able to make payments at more locations.
Misek also points to a faster processor, better camera and new color options for the iPhone 5S.
Tim Cook did not say that Apple would not announce a larger screen iPhone in the future, only that consumers, “value other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, reflectivity, power consumption, compatibility of apps, and portability.”