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