Struggling to imagine what the big, bold, new feature will be on the iPhone 6? Peter Misek seems to think it could be a beefy 4.8-inch display.
It remains to be seen if the iPhone 6 is right around the corner, or a long way off. The recent iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 rumor mills have conflated, and it’s hard to tell what the tech community is really anticipating. As far as a release schedule goes, I’m guessing an iPhone 5S in 2013 and the iPhone 6 in 2014, with the possibility of a June-released iPhone 5S next year. But let’s face it: it’s all wild conjecture, as it almost always is at this point in the cycle.
Another area of rampant rumoring is what the iPhone 6 is going to look like, and how Apple might differentiate it from the iPhone 5 and possible iPhone 5S refresh. Longtime tech analyst Peter Misek recently weighed in on what the iPhone 6 might offer users, and he is seeing further expansion of the display size:
According to Business Insider:
Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.
If the iPhone 6 turns up in 2014, you can count on a new form factor — it isn’t big news to imagine that Apple is already working out a new look for their next overhauled iPhone model. And whether the processor in the iPhone 6 turns out to be the A7 or A8 is really just a question of taxonomy at this point: if the A7 makes its way onto a refreshed iPhone 5s next year, then the following chip will obviously be a different design for the 6 — the only key factor will be the quad-core design.
But the 4.8-inch display rumor — how excited should we be over the prospect of Apple once again changing the screen size paradigm on the iPhone 6?
First, we don’t know enough about what “4.8-inch” means. Does this display take into account the new aspect ratio, or is this display more like a standard Android-style display and aspect ratio? If the latter, then I am much less likely to believe that Apple will abandon their new display concept for something pastiche. Apple didn’t upgrade the screen size of the iPhone on a whim, and I don’t think they are likely to keep doing it with every new overhaul. I’d expect Cupertino’s designers to push for the iPad Mini to do the heavy lifting in small-big or big-small mobile displays, and not the iPhone 6.
Second, just because Apple is experimenting with larger screens doesn’t mean they’ll follow through with the design on the iPhone 6. Much more likely will be the advent of IGZO technology, which we have been hearing about now for a couple of years.
By Michael Nace