News service Brightwire relays a report from Chinese website Laoyaoba.com, which claims that a Sina Tech user’s friend has seen iPhone 5S, which resembles iPhone 5 and a 5-inch iPhone 6 at an Apple supplier in China.
The report claims that the models could be launched this year.
From the report:
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.
There have been severals rumors, which have indicated that Apple will launch more than one iPhone model this year. However, there have been contradicting reports about the possibility of a bigger iPhone.
Some reports have claimed that while Apple is working on a bigger iPhone to take on competition from Android based smartphones that come with a larger screen, the company won’t be launching it this year.
It is also widely speculated that Apple will also launch a low-cost iPhone for emerging markets.
From left: iPhone 5, Galaxy S III, iPhone Plus mockup, Galaxy Note II (Image via Marco.org)
It will be interesting to see how Apple handles the screen resolution and pixel density for the bigger iPhone. Will it use the pixel density of the Retina iPad (264 pixels per inch vs iPhone 5′s 326 ppi) with iPhone 5 resolution (1136-by-640-pixel resolution) or will it increase the resolution and add more fragmentation to iOS platform?
While Apple should ideally increase the resolution to go with the bigger screen rather than reducing pixel density as it wouldn’t keep it on par with Android based smartphones that are coming with 441 ppi screens, I think Apple will end up using Retina iPad’s pixel density with iPhone 5 resolution to avoid further fragmentation.