5-Inch ‘iPhone 6′ And ‘iPhone 5S’ Spotted At Chinese Supplier

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.

Via: BrightwireMacRumors

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  • The avid observer

    I notice this site uses “it will be interesting to see” an awful lot. Will it? Will it really???

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Damn you for noticing :) I guess some habits die hard

      • The avid observer

        Ha, yeah. Still very useful info so for that I thank the work you do. It will be interesting to see what else is posted here in the years to come ; )

        • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

          Haha thanks :D

  • Eugene

    There won’t be fragmentation. Just black bars.

    Fragmentation is only on different hardware not supported by the software like android.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      That’s a valid point. But those black bars are annoying.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kennard Steve Kennard

        I like Mars bars

  • Alan

    I don’t think Apple should worry so much about fragmentation, its not like they will be going the Android way, developers have enough incentive to update their apps for an iPhone with a bigger screen.

    If Apple launches a bigger iPhone, I don’t want them to reduce the pixel density, I have been used to pixel density of the gorgeous Retina Display, since the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010.

    I don’t even mind paying more for it as long as it has a bigger screen and comes with specs that is better or the same iPhone 5S such as higher screen resolution, better battery etc.

  • Pacomacman

    Reading this article I can see someone doesn’t understand the link between resolution and screen size! How can you have a 5″ screen at “the pixel density of the Retina iPad (264 pixels per inch) with an iPhone resolution of (1136 x 640 pixels)”?

    A 5″ screen with a screen size of 1136 x 640 would need to have a lower PPI than the iPhone 5.

    I’m thinking Apple could (technology permitting) go with the same resolution as the Retina iPad which means universal apps would need no conversion. This would be a monsterous resolution of over 500ppi which I have to admit is pointless but apps could drop down to 1024 x 768 with pixel doubling as already happens in the iPad.

    • Pixel

      “need to have a lower PPI than the iPhone 5.”
      Yes, and the article is suggesting “use the pixel density of the Retina iPad (264 pixels per inch” “with iPhone 5 resolution (1136-by-640-pixel resolution)”

  • Hierojux

    Pics or it didn’t happen.