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iPhone 5S to Come in “At Least” Two Screen Sizes, Analyst Says

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iPhone 5S buyers will be able to choose from different screen sizes, claims Brian White, a Topeka analyst, after he met with Apple’s supply chain representatives while on a seven-day tour of China and Taiwan (via CNET).

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His note to investors comes at the height of his earlier iRing prediction, but this time he focused on the iPhone.

“After our meeting with a tech-supply chain company, we walked away with the view that Apple will release the iPhone 5S in at least two screen sizes this summer and possibly three,” says White. He’s on the seventh day of a tour of technology suppliers in China and Taiwan.

From what we’ve heard so far, the iPhone 5S will follow Apple’s pattern and will feature a bump in performance, but no major improvements. Unless we consider the fingerprint sensor rumours and KGI Research analysts Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions.

Apple has faced some criticism for not making the iPhone’s screen size bigger, as for some users the 4-inch screen seems tiny, especially if we compare it with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which features a 5.5-inch display.

“Essentially, we believe Apple is coming around to the fact that one size per iPhone release does not work for everyone and offering consumers an option has the potential to expand the Company’s market share,” writes White.

However, there are multiple screen sizes available right now: buyers can choose between the screen size of the iPhone 4(4S) and iPhone 5, and three screen resolution: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4&4S, iPhone 5. And considering that we have two iPad screen sizes and three different MacBook screen sizes, the multiple display option for iPhone isn’t such a distant idea from Apple as some of us may think.

An important aspect, though, could be the release of the cheaper iPhone, which is rumoured to be going to sport the same display size as the iPhone 5. But the final product could bring the surprise of a different screen size or maybe one familiar display size.

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  • joeyconnick

    Uhm… the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4/4S have the same screen
    size… there are only 2 screen sizes for the iPhone: the original (on
    everything up to the 4S) and the longer screen on the iPhone 5.

  • zapperman

    PLEASE let this be true. At the time of the iPhone 5 release, I was very much hoping for a larger (and not just longer) screen size. I am envious of the thumb typers that are able to text/ email in portrait mode. With my mitts, it is just not possible at present. This next iPhone release is my last holdout – the same screen size will push me to a different phone, preferably one with about a 4.3 screen.

  • WatDaPhuck

    First of all, “Apple will release the iPhone 5S in at least two screen sizes this summer”. No. IF there are 2 screen sizes, one of them would NOT be called a 5S, but something else. And how are they certain it would be a summer release? The correct thing to say would be something like: “Apple could possibly release 2 versions of iPhones with different screen sizes later this year.” But of course he wouldn’t say it like that, because it has already been repeated over and over again.

    Second, “From what we’ve heard so far, the iPhone 5S will follow Apple’s pattern
    and will feature a bump in performance, but no major improvements.” What HAVE we heard so far? Rumors and speculations which are according to the history of previous devices. Nothing is for sure, so technically, we’ve heard nothing. Not saying it’s wrong though.

    Third, “…the 4-inch screen seems tiny, especially if we compare it with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2” The Note 2 is a phablet, it’s not even a fair comparison.

    And finally, “…there are multiple screen sizes available right now…” Not really. That’s more like a subtle way of saying “There are different models of iPhones available right now, a new one, and some old ones.”

  • Bob

    There are only two things I can’t stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures… and the Dutch.

  • maybe he means resolution?

    That’s actually my bigest concern… resolution fragmentation. Yet another size means developers (my hand raised) will think twice about developing for older handsets if accomedating them becomes difficult in the design proccess. That will alienate 4/s users at the end of their contract and may think twice about returning to the iPhone fold. I’m torn in this too, as a part of me would like a larger screen (4.5″, tops) but I don’t want to see a large fragmentation in app support. If they do increase the size I hope it is atleast the same ratio as the 4/s so it can scale down nicer.

    my 2 cents

  • xxxJDxxx

    I, for one, don’t want to see a larger screen. It’s already a stretch for my thumbs to reach the back button in the top left corner at times. Make it bigger and it demands two hands.

  • Olman Urroz

    Sweet! I want a larger screen

  • We totally need the iPhone 6 already. And it should fittingly have a 6-inch display.

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