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Apple set to release a bigger '4.8-inch' iPhone, design internally 'locked down': Report

New Delhi: The rumour mill regarding the possible specifications of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone is on an overdrive. Apple Insider cites analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company that much of the design of the next
India TV News Desk January 23, 2014 15:56 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: The rumour mill regarding the possible specifications of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone is on an overdrive. Apple Insider cites analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company that much of the design of the next iPhone, believed to be dubbed iPhone 6, has been finalized, or internally "locked down."

He says Apple has finalised a 4.8-inch display for its alleged iPhone 6, in an attempt to counter the phablet competition in the global market. It is likely that the iPhone 6 will maintain the same 1,280x720 resolution Retina Display despite the 4.8-inch display. Apple currently uses the 4-inch display for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.

He also claims that the new iPhone 6 will come with Wi-Fi (802.11ac), which will be an upgrade to the current 802.11n found on the iPhone 5s. Because 802.11ac was included in Apple's updated Mac line throughout 2013, many expected the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c to ship with the standard. But it may now appear in the next generation of Apple smartphone.

In addition, the analyst speculates that the new Apple device will use features such as iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook in the next alleged iPhone to push new services with mobile payments. He expects the launch date of the updated iPhone to be in the month of September, which is in line with previous Apple iPhone releases.

In contrast, a Chinese analyst recently claimed that Apple might launch an iPhone with 4.7-inch display at the WWDC event scheduled in June 2014, while a 5.7-inch variant would follow it soon after. The analyst say the company may launch two iPhone models, much like the iPhone 5c and iPhone. The analysts also said the trial-production of the alleged iPhone with a 4.7-inch display will start in February, and if things go Apple's way, the company would start mass-production of the 4.7-inch iPhone in May.