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New iPhone - now upsized - set for release in September

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 4:50am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 12:33pm
 

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App developers need to be poised for a redesign because Apple's iPhone is getting bigger.

The tech giant will roll out the iPhone 6 in two sizes - 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch - in September, according to industry insiders who have seen the prototypes.

The new iPhone screen will be made entirely from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, they said. Sapphire crystal, second to diamond as the hardest material, is now used by Apple for its iPhone camera lens cover and touch identification.

It will also sport a new display at 441 pixels per inch (ppi), the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4. The highest definition Apple now offers has only 326 ppi.

"They have to tackle the phablet [devices that serve as both phone and tablet] market. People want bigger screens now," one insider said.

The iPhone 5S, Apple's largest phone at 4 inches, is notably smaller than the S4, which measures 5 inches, and the Galaxy Note 3, with a 5.7 inch screen.

Last week, Apple repurchased US$14 billion worth of its stock after announcing disappointing first-quarter results.

The company originally said it intentionally kept the screens small to fit comfortably in a user's hand. Since then, the iPhone 5C has suffered poor sales numbers, its competitors have more or less all upgraded to larger devices, and China, the world's largest smartphone market, has been rapidly snatching up Samsung phones.

According to the two insiders, the 5C will be gone while the 5S will stay but be made from cheaper material.

Despite widely circulated rumours that the new phone will be curved, insiders say the iPhone 6 will have a flat screen.

"The screens will be flat. Apple doesn't do anything until Samsung does it, and then they improve upon it," another insider said.

The arrival of sapphire means a dramatic increase in the cost of making an iPhone, as sapphire is far more expensive than the present Gorilla Glass, but it remains unknown whether the price of a single iPhone will go up.

The design "freeze" for the iPhone 6 - after which no changes will be made - is set for April this year, they said.

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Dai Muff
I have used both Apple and Android phones.I use both Apple and Windows computers. I am not brand-specific fanboy. My Galaxy Note 3 has some limitations compared with my former iPhone, but it is so far ahead in so many other areas that it will take a lot to woo me back to Apple. It's a pity in some ways as the one big advantage of the iPhone was it synched with my iPads. Yes, it is Apple that is playing catch up now, whatever Midorosan thinks.
midorosan
The single most ridiculous article regarding apple that I have ever read and I have read a lot by so called journalists who rely on "insiders' and "unqualified rumours" to write utter nonsense.
"Apple follow Samsung"! Where do you think the smart phone originated? Have you ever seen a pre iPhone Samsung phone.
I am going to share your article with as many professional tech industry writers as I can so that it receives the maximum measure of ridicule and by association your newspaper that allowed it to be published.
chanaa
dont be an idiot midrosan. I have only ever used iphones, but will be first to admit others have a better if not equal product.
Exactly why do you think apple is introducing larger screens ?
Epis
Wow, is it still 2008? I thought it's around 2014 and a lot changed since first iPhone...
Dooodle
"Where do you think the smart phone originated?"
Are you trying to say that Apple invented it? As it did invent the mp3 player, the mouse, the GUI, the tablet, the automobile and the radio?
Have you ever seen a pre iPhone Samsung phone?
Not Samsung, but Sony Ericsson, Windows Mobile, Palm, Blackberry, Nokia...
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Smartphones (with touchscreen!) were around at least one decade before Apple decided to jump into the wagon. I hope you get this right.
And yes, Apple changed its position from a leading company that, at least, looked like it used to lead the segment, to a company that has to copy and follow what others are doing. By that, I mean smaller tablets, bigger phones, minimalistic UI with clean design elements...(Windows Mobile, cough, cough...)
 
 
 
 
 

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