Report: Apple Working On 4.8-Inch iPhone, But Won’t Be Launched in 2013


Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reports that Apple will unveil two iPhone models with a 4-inch screen in 2013 that use in-cell display technology.

DigiTimes also reports that according to their sources, Apple is indeed working on an iPhone with a bigger screen, but it won’t be launched this year.

The report suggests that one of the iPhone models will be the rumored low-cost iPhone. According to several rumors and speculations, Apple is planning to launch a low-cost iPhone this year for the emerging markets, which could be priced at $99 – $149.

Apple has used in-cell display technology in iPhone 5. The technology integrates touch sensors into the LCD, which eliminates the need of a separate touch screen layer. The absence of a separate touch screen layer not only helps to make the screen thinner, but it also improves the quality of displayed images. Colors get a boost, too, with color saturation that’s 44 percent greater than before.

DigiTimes however notes that it is not clear if Apple will get adequate supply of in-cell display panels for the low-cost version of the iPhone, as Apple had faced significant production constraints due to a move towards in-cell display technology last year. But DigiTimes sources are telling them that those yields are improving.

Yesterday, a report claimed that Apple could launch iPhone 5S and a new larger 4.8-inch iPhone in June. But DigiTimes reports that according to their sources, Apple is indeed developing an iPhone with a bigger screen, but it won’t be launched this year.

Via: DigiTimes

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  • Alan

    I really hope its coming this year.

  • apple

    Whos copying who. Apple is copying of samsung. And what did job say that a phone only needs to be 3’5 INCH

    • Jeremy Taco Patterson

      Making a device with a bigger screen is HARDLY copying.

      Sending out company-wide memos point out what Apple does and how to best REPLICATE it is copying.

      See the difference. I SERIOUSLY doubt there are internal Apple emails asking “How did Samsung make a screen so big. We need to make ours EXACTLY like theirs”.