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Larger Screened ‘iPhone 6’ Could Be $50-100 Higher Says Analyst

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Image credit Martin Hajek
Image credit Martin Hajek

Rumours of a bigger-screen iPhone have been around for some time now, and even the Wall Street Journal spilled gas on the fire earlier this year. More recently, another rumour claimed that the iPhone 6 will sport a 5-inch display and 440 ppi. On top of those rumours come the analysts, who have already started speculating on the forthcoming bigger-screen iPhone’s price.

Among them, there is Susquehanna analyst Chris Caso (via AllThingsD), who has taken a few factors into consideration — such as high profit margins, peppered with the current bill of materials of the iPhone 5s — to find out how much the iPhone 6 will cost. Of course, from his perspective, the iPhone 6 will undoubtedly will have a bigger display, a much faster chip, and maybe a sapphire glass screen.

So, by putting all of these ingredients together, Caso has learned that the iPhone 6 will cost much more than the iPhone 5s: at least $50 more, but he doesn’t exclude the possibility of a $100 premium.

“We think Apple could get away with a $50 to $100 premium for a larger screen size iPhone 6,” Caso wrote. “We think such a move could avoid the margin erosion that occurred when the iPhone 5 was launched.”

If Caso is right, this means Apple will retail the iPhone 6 for $249 or $299 on contract in the US, which also means that the company will break the tradition of selling the next-generation iPhone at the same price as its predecessor. The iPad mini with Retina display pricing has shown that’s little trouble breaking, as it costs $70 more than its predecessor.

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  • Tim

    As if I’m paying any more for an iphone. It already has a premium that makes it hard to justify over Android devices with larger screens and similar specs otherwise.

  • K4

    It’s not just about specs, it’s about the whole user experience, app & system ecosystem. This is something Android will never gonna be able to compete with iPhone in that perspective.

  • Chrome262

    I don’t want a larger screen, you should see the number of large screen phones that come in for repairs at my buddies shop. Most the new Galaxy, seems they flex to much and crack the screen. But also Notes and others. No HTCs though so far. Metal is better but more surface area to break might be a problem.

  • Jay

    Too late, already switching to android so that I can get a screen bigger than that of a pager -_-

  • WatDah

    How to be a modern day tech analyst:

    1) Gather every rumor on the product.
    2) State all of those rumors again at the beginning of the article, but never say where or who they were from.
    3) Use words like “will” or “undoubtedly” subtly in your sentences to sound like you are convinced of said rumors.
    4) You may add a logical, but not necessarily factual, comment/opinion/rumor into your article. But make sure it’s just one. More than one at a time might cause public concerns over accuracy of article (Remember, the public wouldn’t realize it if you give it to them a little bit at a time).
    5) Repeat 3-4 times a week.

  • WestCoastStar

    It’s not the size of the screen that counts but what you can do with it.

  • Jason

    If you want a bigger phone, just buy the ipad mini.. Personally i dont think the Iphone needs to be any bigger then it already is.

  • kabsalsa

    They should have two screen sizes for the new model so people have choice…. As opposed to keeping the 5s for people who want a smaller phone and don’t have to be stuck with older technology to have it

  • Annette Rose Giesbrecht

    If this is true, then I will have to also buy a new purse with a larger insert for the iphone, plus the purse has to be bigger to take in the larger ipad. Better know it now then wait until the contract for my present iphone 5 is ended. It would be easier to read though.

  • AEdou

    They could price the rumored 5.7 inch iPhone higher, but there’s no way they’ll increase the price on the ”regular” new 4.7 inch iPhone. We get much better phones each year (5s vs 5 vs 4s vs 4) and the price is never increased.

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