Despite downplaying a larger screen iPhone, Apple CEO Tim Cook left the door open for a large screen iPhone in the future meaning that a large screen iPhone 6 remains a distinct possibility as Apple tries to compete with devices like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, both of which sport large, high-resolution displays.
In today’s earnings call, Tim Cook revealed that the company has some amazing products in the pipeline for 2013 and beyond. Cook declined to discuss specifics but rumors suggest that the company could reveal an iPhone 5S, iPad 5 and an iPad mini 2 with a Retina Display later on this year. One other device that has been at the top of the rumor mill is a larger screen iPhone, a device that some analysts believe could arrive as early as this year.
Tim Cook put a bit of a damper on those rumors however as Apple’s CEO downplayed a larger screen iPhone saying that the company isn’t ready to release an iPhone with a larger display. Cook states that he believes that despite advances in display technology, the iPhone 5 has the best display in the industry. He also believes that while some customers value the size of the display, other consumers “value other factors such as resolution, color quality, white balance, reflectivity, power consumption, compatibility of apps, and portability.”
Cook went on to say that while “competitors have made some significant tradeoffs in many of these areas to ship a larger display,” his company would not release a larger screen iPhone until those trade-offs don’t exist.
Apple has taken a similar approach in the past, waiting several years before it upgraded the size of the iPhone from 3.5-inches to its current 4-inch size. It also waited to deliver 4G LTE connectivity, even as it became the norm. And while its competitors have launched devices sporting NFC for mobile payments, we have yet to see an iPhone arrive with an NFC chip on board.
Cook comments, while downplaying an immediate arrival of a large screen iPhone, don’t rule one out completely. In fact, he leaves the door open for a large screen iPhone down the road, so long as these parameters are met. Rumors have suggested that the iPhone 5S will feature a 4-inch display, much like the iPhone 5, and given Cook’s stance, a large screen iPhone doesn’t appear to be in the cards for 2013.
However, there is always next year and it’s possible that Apple could introduce not only a more powerful Retina+ display but also a larger screen option for those that need more real estate.
Apple’s CEO also hinted that it has plenty to announce later this year but hinted that many, if not all of those announcements, will come during the fall seemingly dashing chances of an iPhone 5S launch this summer.