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Analyst Foretells of Apple Offering a 4.8-inch iPhone 6

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 9 2013 9:20 AM
Apple doesn't increase screen sizes on its iPhone line very often. In fact, the Cupertino company has only done it once, going from a 3.5-inch display on the original iPhone up through the iPhone 4S (five generations of iPhones), to a 4-inch display on the iPhone 5 and recently introduced iPhone 5C and 5S models. That's seven generations of iPhones and only one relatively minor bump (half an inch) in screen size. Don't worry if you've been clamoring for an even bigger iPhone model though, the biggest bump in display size is yet to come.

So says Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies. Misek wrote in a note to investors that Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 device will sport a 4.8-inch screen, CNET reports. Should that turn out to be true, it would be double the increase in size from the last time (and only time) Apple has ever enlarged the display.

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Exactly why Misek is so confident in his prediction isn't known. If he has inside information, he's not sharing it, saying only that a new display size would lead to a heck of a lot of upgrades. Part of the reason for that is because half the smartphones shipped last year featured screens bigger than 4 inches, versus a mere 20 percent a year ago.

This isn't the first time we've heard rumors of a larger iPhone. Some surmised that even the iPhone 5S would bring a larger display to the smartphone party, though that didn't happen. That doesn't mean Apple is disinterested, just that it's saving a major update like that for a brand new model number.
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Joel H replied on Wed, Oct 9 2013 12:07 PM

I can't help disagreeing with this idea. I really *don't* want a huge phone. One of the things I still prefer about the iPhone design is that it still fits in my hand compared to the Galaxy series. Don't get me wrong, the Galaxy phones are gorgeous, but at 6 foot tall, my hand isn't big enough to comfortably use a phone one-handed.

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RMD replied on Wed, Oct 9 2013 3:03 PM

Joel H, I totally disagree. I'm 6'1" and the iphone looks like a toy in my hand and iusers forcing themselves to live with that crampped keyboard is ridiculous to me and having no Swype-like Keyboard option sucks Balls!

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Super Dave replied on Thu, Oct 10 2013 12:00 AM

I currently have a Galaxy S3 with a 4.8" display, and I LOVE IT! Why does it take an analyst to predict that the iPhone will eventually sport a larger display when current sales numbers show that there is a demand for a larger screen? I'm 5'11" and the phone fits perfectly in my normal-sized hand. If I had stubby little fingers I probably wouldn't want a larger screen, though...

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