Report claims Apple to launch iPhone 5S with 4.3-inch display, to delay launch until the end of the year

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Here’s the crazy rumor of the day. Bloomberg relays a new report from Taiwan’s Commercial Times, which claims that the launch of the next generation iPhone, unofficially dubbed iPhone 5S, will be delayed to the end of this year as Apple has decided to increase the size of the screen from 4-inches to 4.3-inches.

Bloomberg reports:

Apple Inc. (AAPL) may delay the introduction of the iPhone 5S until the end of the year after the design was changed to feature a bigger 4.3-inch retina display screen, the Commercial Times reported.

The company previously scheduled the release for September or October, the Taiwanese newspaper reported, citing unidentified people in the semiconductor industry. Takashi Takebayashi, a spokesman for Apple in Tokyo, wasn’t immediately available to comment to Bloomberg News.

Apple increased the size of the screen from 3.5-inches to 4-inches just last year with the launch of iPhone 5, so it seems highly unlikely that Apple will again increase the size of the screen this year.

There have been rumors that Apple is working on an iPhone with a larger screen (4.8 to 5-inch screen), but that will be a different model, and is rumored to be launched sometime next year.

iPhone 5S is widely expected to feature the same design as the iPhone 5 and come with improved internals such as 12-megapixel camera, faster A-series chip. It is expected to be launched around the September timeframe.

We would love to see Apple launch a 4.3-inch iPhone, but we doubt that will happen anytime soon, especially after telling us why the taller 4-inch display is perfect few months back.

Commercial Times via Bloomberg

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