Apple reportedly bets big on big screen iPhone 6 models

Apple bets big on big screen iPhones

Recent supplier information suggests that Apple is making big bets on the much rumored iPhone 6, which is expected to come in two different screen sizes. The oft-rumored Apple smartphone is anticipated to arrive in a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model, both up from the 4-inch iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c, and represent Apple's largest smartphones to date.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple may be ordering as many as 70 to 80 million units of these phones combined, which is a big jump from 50 to 60 million units of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c production run last year. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the increased order is for the initial production run that will last through the end of the year.

So far Apple has remained quiet and the company typically does not comment on rumors. If recent history will serve as a trend, then Apple is expected to introduce its next iPhone model(s) sometime in the September time frame. The new models are believed to come in metal sporting a variety of colors, though that's not confirmed.

Though the orders sound impressive, the Journal is also reporting that Apple may encounter some snags with production of the larger iPhone 6 model. In particular, the new display technology, which means a thinner screen that doesn't require a separate touch layer, may be challenging to manufacture for the 5.5-inch display. Additionally, Apple may face some complications with making the rumored sapphire glass for this model, which could delay the release or make initial shipments harder to accommodate.

Are you looking to upgrade to Apple's iPhone 6? Which model are you interested in, the 4.7- or 5.5-inch?

Source: WSJ

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Apple reportedly bets big on big screen iPhone 6 models

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We apologize that not everyone knows everything that has to do with the upcoming iPhone 6 like you do. Now, why don't you think for a second about other readers who may not know this information?

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5.5 for me. I love the quality of IOS. Just need a larger screen and better battery, so I can use the device as a phablet, instead of having iPhone & iPad.

I think this article is a repeat of articles that appeared in the beginning of May/June! Nice job folks! Always appreciate reading new - "old rumors" becoming "news" again! I must have read about 2 dozen articles that are the same as this one! It makes me think that there is no new news on the iPhone 6 until Apple finally announce it in September!

Are iOS apps generally built to dynamically scale? This kind of issue has already been long since beaten into Android devs due to the massive variation in device layouts but this will be new to iOS. How horrendous is it going to be for app developers who have their "phone version" and maybe a "pad version" of their app?

Just curious...

Will be buying the 5.5 one outright. Hopefully they start selling the unlocked models from day one in the US like the 5s.

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Guess this throws all those "why Apple needs identical hardware specs" pontofications/rants/Apple apologist "editorials" to the trash bin ROFL.

Won't be getting one. Maybe 6S if the 4.7" isn't physically too much bigger than the current iPhone and still has same specs sans screen as the bigger one.

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Yep, really do not want a bigger phone, too. I still miss the 4S usability on my 5S, would go back to 3.5" in a heartbeat. IF they at least would make a bigger phone 3:2 or 4:3 (to enhance reading web pages and email, and viewing pics), I would think about it, but most rumors are predicting the same useless tallness of the 5/5s, which never did anything for me.

I would love to get the 5.5 inch model but there is only one issue that may make me go with the 4.7; the bezels. They are so big on the iPhone that it might make the 5.5 inch model feel like a 6.something size phone. So many of the android phones are going nearly edge to edge. I really hope the bezels are smaller.

Sure it will sell like hot cakes at the time of release. Still deciding if I want to keep the 5s or move up. If they do release the larger screen it would be a great feature. That would bring a lot of people back from the android world.

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I want the biggest screen real bad. The smart part of my brain telling me to wait for the 6s for two reasons. There MIGHT be "issues" with so much new stuff and the iPhone 4 & 5 are huge steps below their 4s & 5s sisters. Even the 3g and 3Jesus were big differences.

The greedy part of my brain says their might not be a 6s and I should get what I can when I can.

Miss my Note 2. Awesome screen size for productivity and entertainment. I'm leaning towards the 5.5.

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Honestly I'm so stuck on this (granted, if the rumors are true)! I would like the slight increase with a 4.7 from my 5S but go big or go home right? This will be one of the decisions I will wait in line for but decide after I hold them lol

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I'll wait until after they become available, if the rumors are actually true, and look at them both carefully before making a choice.

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If Apple is ordering 70-80 million units, I'm sure that sometime next year, when Apple is sufficiently stocked with phones and cuts back on the order, we'll see the headline that iPhone sales are not meeting expectations.

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Whoa! A rumor on iMore! I never thought I'd see the day!

Seriously though... While I understand your stance on posting analyst predictions and rumors (and find it somewhat commendable) it would be nice to maybe have a weekly "rumor roundup." So that you're not posting every little thing in an obvious attempt to generate pageviews (like some of the other sites do) but you still allow yourself the flexibility to recap some of the major points that have surfaced during the week. Something to consider.

Would love the larger screen to help the old eyes, but don't think the 4.7" will be large enough. I'll wait until the 5.5" comes out so I can see how it feels in the hand due to the larger bezel. For the home button.

I have the 5s & i am on a 2 year contract. So I will not be getting the 6, so when the next generation comes out, I will be getting it! I hope that they both have the same specs (even though the 5.5 would have to have a bigger battery because of the screen) But the 5.5 is kind of calling my name!! So when AT&T displays them, I'll know for sure. But for now, 5.5! And I have info on the iphone 6!! Follow my IG account @applenewsroundup

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