Chinese source claims iPhone 5S as well as a 5-inch iPhone 6 to launch this year

Chinese source claims iPhone 5s as well as a 5-inch iPhone 6 to launch this yearAccording to a Chines media outlet, Apple is rumored to be planning on releasing two iPhone models later this year. The first model is the expected iPhone 5s which will have the same form factor as the current iPhone 5 and the second rumored release will be the device that we keep hearing about, the 5-inch iPhone.

A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that he has seen the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 at Apple's suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website's microblog on Thursday evening. - The source noted that the iPhone 5s resembles the iPhone 5, and the five-inch iPhone 6 is lighter and thinner.

We have heard quite a few rumors recently about the possibility that Apple is working on a 5-inch iPhone and we even looked into the logistics of doing such a thing. Tim Cook was even asked the question on Apple’s earnings call about larger screen devices to which he just confirmed that Apple had selected the correct size for the iPhone 5 at 4-inches.

It should really come as no surprise to anyone that Apple would have prototype iPhone devices at various different screen sizes to test out; maybe this rumor, if true points to one of those. Just because we are hearing about a 5-inch iPhone doesn't mean we will actually see one released. If the rumors are true however we would expect to see more component and casings pictures to leak out of China as Apple ramps up production before its release. The next few months could prove to be very interesting!

Source: Brightwire via MacRumors

iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s
Apple's current flagship iPhone with a 4-inch in-cell display, LTE 4G, and BT 4.0 LE. New features include:

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Released
September, 2013

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iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s

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iPhone 6 (rumored)
Fall, 2014

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iPhone 5s

iPhone 6
Presumed name for the next-generation 2014 flagship iPhone. Rumored features include:

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Anticipated
Fall, 2014

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iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s

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iPhone 6s
Fall, 2015

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There are 21 comments. Add yours.

rustymini says:

I hope this is true. I don't want to go to Android for a bigger screen. Fingers crossed......

Plazmic Flame says:

My thoughts exactly. I'm ready for a bigger screen now and I don't want to go Android. The key thing if they make a larger device will be battery life.

sk8er_tor says:

Then you should go to the BlackBerry Z10. Perfect screen size and a much better OS.

bvnl2010 says:

You know this is written by someone from the UK when it's spelt "rumoured".

chrisoldroyd says:

Well spotted, I am from the UK and it is hard sometimes to write a word wrongly if you know what I mean.

bvnl2010 says:

Haha! It will always be 'colour' and 'favour' for me.

offdahglass says:

I'm on board with everyone else regarding a bigger screen! Please let this be true. It would be nice to jump from a 4S to have bigger 5 inch screen!

CR4V3 says:

4.5" ought to be the limit, I had a Note 2 for a bit and it was pretty unwieldy.

richard_rsp says:

Same here for my wife and I (and I was one of the people who originally talked about how bigger is better). Both returned our Note 2s for the iPhone5 and couldnt be happier. While the screen real estate is nice at first, its AMAZING how much I use my phone one-handed in REAL life situations...

ArgonNJ#CB says:

The note is 5.5. Apple could trim the sides and have a 5inch screen the same size as the GS3.

paleh0rse says:

omgbbq!!11 It would be soooo coool if Apple INVENTS a 5" phone! seriously, that would be EPIC! I bet Samsuck will come along and steal the idea, though... grrrr

emjayess says:

God that was clever and funny!

paleh0rse says:

You're the smartest man alive!!

This game is fun...

elias0441 says:

hahaha apple is throwing its class away just to get more market share....look how much fear Samsung has spread in Cupertino

ArgonNJ#CB says:

How is having a larger screen, which most people want by the way, throwing away class? Making money is what companies do, market share is how you do it. What world do you live in.

pappy53 says:

I hope that they make it wider, not just longer. If people can do one-handed on the S3's and Razr Maxx's, then I don't think that it will be a problem on a wider 5-inch iPhone.

No1hotpapi says:

I hope the 5 inch will be retina

TFausett says:

I just don't see how it could be lighter that would be ridiculous the iPhone 5 is almost to light as it is.

Dark_Blu says:

I'm with everyone on a 5" screen iPhone. Apple does it, I'm in, pure and simple.

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I always check out this website for iPhone alternatives - www.microsoftapple.com - My personal favourite is the Nokia Lumia because of the camera and speed of the operating system.