There’s not much to be said about the iPhone 6 these days — mainly because we’re still waiting for the iPhone 5. But how the iPhone 5 turns out in the end will have much to do with the prognosticating for the iPhone 6 going forward. That being said, as we approach the announcement of the next iPhone, it is looking less and less likely that the new iPhone will sport either a larger screen or new form factor.
As we have reported on our sister site, the iPhone 5 News Blog, it is quite possible that Apple simply doesn’t believe in the notion of beefing up the size of its flagship smartphone. Instead, it may be a policy of Cupertino’s designers to keep a healthy amount of space in between the screens of the iPhone and iPad, seeking to avoid any product confusion between a smartphone and tablet PC. As we’ve seen in the mobile computing market lately, those lines are beginning to blur. And while that blurry line might help competitors, Apple has a vested interest in keeping its customers buying both iPhones and iPads.
However, there’s is another possibility with respect to the iPhone’s screen that might encourage Cupertino to develop a large-screened iPhone 6 in 2012.
You may recall that the iPhone 3G was followed up by the 3Gs, a refreshed model that utilized essentially the same screen and form factor as its predecessor. Then, the iPhone 4 came along and represented a complete overhaul of the iPhone design. But as a whole, we’ve only really seen two different from factors from Apple when it comes to the iPhone, and there’s no reason to believe that, all of a sudden, they will begin to change the form factor every year.
Because of this, Apple may have been resigned itself to using the current form factor for the next iPhone, which would mean that they would be severely limited in increasing the screen size.
2012 could be a completely different story, however, with the iPhone 6 taking on a completely new form factor. If Apple decides to cast a new die for the iPhone 6‘s chassis, then there’s no reason to believe that it won’t have a 4″+ screen to go with its new look.
For early iPhone adopters who religiously buy every new iPhone, then it shouldn’t be too much of a stress to have to wait one more year for an iPhone 6 with a 4″+ screen. To be sure, the iPhone 5 will sport enough new features, like iOS 5, iCloud, and an 8-megapixel camera, to keep your busy for at least 12 months or so.
However, if you’re a 3Gs user who skipped the iPhone 4 in hopes that this year’s iPhone would feature a beefy screen, you might be in for yet another year-long wait for the iPhone 6.
By Michael Nace