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Chinese Source Claims iPhone 5S and 5-Inch iPhone 6 to Launch in 2013

5-inch_iPhone_mockup_lineup3.5" iPhone, 3.5" iPhone 4, 4" iPhone 5, and (mockup) 5" iPhone by iMore

Brightwire translates a report from the Chinese media which claims that Apple will be launching both an iPhone 5S and a 5" iPhone 6 this year:
- 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.
This rumor adds to a chorus of reports that Apple is seriously considering a larger form-factor iPhone in the near future. While early reports had suggested that such a model wouldn't see the light of day in 2013, later reports continue to point to a 4.8"-5.0" device coming soon from Apple.

All these rumors have generated a significant amount of speculation on how such a larger model might make sense in Apple's iPhone lineup, especially when comparing it to Samsung's current offerings.

Due to Apple's use of Chinese manufacturers and the need to prototype their designs, it's possible that all of these sightings could be true, yet Apple may still not launch such a device in 2013. If Apple does begin ramping up production for 2013, we expect we'll see parts of this larger device to also begin to leak out of China.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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19 months ago
Have fun backpedaling on all the "this screen is the best size" marketing.
Rating: 60 Votes
19 months ago
Apple has been doomed since the time it started following market trends, not setting them, and even worse, following Samsung. Oblivion is all they deserve.
Rating: 53 Votes
19 months ago
Ew, 5" screen?? If they actually release this, which I doubt they will, I just hope they'll still have the 4" version. Why anyone wants 5" is beyond me, but it's only a personal preference.
Rating: 46 Votes
19 months ago
5" and 6" yeah no....
Rating: 24 Votes
19 months ago

Apple has been doomed since the time it started following market trends, not setting them, and even worse, following Samsung. Oblivion is all they deserve.


And a cold welcome to the trolls. Copying Samsung? Where to begin highlighting the inaccuracies with this rant.
Rating: 18 Votes
19 months ago
I have had every major iPhone release... I don't really care what they do with hardware at this point. It's always beautiful, always feels great and is the best available when it's released..

I care about the tired OS. I'm really bored with it at this point... I bought an iPhone 5 in the fall and I'm thinking of giving it to my wife and jumping ship after all these years... It sucks because I'm so deep in the apple ecosystem... I have iPads iMacs MacBooks POWERBOOKS Apple TV's iPods and iPhones... but this will most likely be my last...

It's not that iOS isn't great- it is... But I'm bored with it. It looks the same as it always has and I'm ready for a change.....I think..
Rating: 14 Votes
19 months ago
5" iPhone 6? I would definitely wait and buy that.
Rating: 13 Votes
19 months ago
The iphone with a 5" screen is even lighter than the 5? That would be awesome. I would buy it.
Rating: 11 Votes
19 months ago
Am I the only person who's content with 1 version of the iPhone every year? The iPhone 5 is exactly what I want. That's just what we need, more "Oh hey they made a small iPad and a big iPhone last year isn't it the same thing. We'll call this 5" phone the iPad mini mini."
Rating: 11 Votes
19 months ago

5" iPhone 6? I would definitely wait and buy that.


AMEN

I would as well.

I LOVED the 4.8" screen on my s3.. only thing was, I can't stand android and the problems that phone gave me..
Rating: 8 Votes

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