A Chinese mobile phone information website claims it has seen both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple's
suppliers, and that both could be released by the end of the year. Apple has yet to confirm the existence of either device, though this isn't the first we've heard of the rumored models. What would be odd, however, is if Apple were to release both devices during the same calendar year, especially now that we're already mid-way through February.
According to the latest chatter, the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5
while the iPhone 6 is supposedly thinner and lighter. It also has a bigger touchscreen display that measures 5 inches, which would explain why Apple might decide to release both models fairly close to each other. In doing so, iOS
fans would have a choice between sticking with a 4-inch display, as found on the iPhone 5 and presumably the 5S, or making the jump to 5 inches, which is in the neighborhood of some high-end Android
In fact, the iPhone 6's display would fall in between Samsung's Galaxy S III
, which sports a 4.8-inch display, and the Galaxy Note II
with its 5.5-inch panel.
Whether or not Apple decides to release the rumored models remains to be seen, but one thing we know for certain is that Apple has some catching up to do. According to comScore
, Google's Android platform is installed on more than 53 percent of all smartphones in the U.S., versus a 35 percent share for the iPhone.