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Sketchy Report Claims Apple Will Release 5.6-Inch 'Experimental' Phone Without iPhone Branding

iphone-6-hero Apple is planning on introducing two new phones this year featuring displays of 4.7 and 5.6 inches, with the former using a traditional Gorilla Glass display and the latter featuring a sapphire screen, according to a new report from Taiwan's Economic Daily News [Google Translate] (via Mac Otakara). The report also states that due to its experimental nature, Apple's 5.6-inch phone will not be known as an iPhone.

While it is somewhat probable that Apple could release two versions of the iPhone as previously suggested by other reports, it is very unlikely that the company would drop the iPhone name for the larger phone given the iconic reputation of the brand.

The report adds that Apple's next-generation phones will once again be assembled at primary supplier Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.), with other suppliers including Cheng Uei Precision Industry and Simplo Technology also helping with production. Furthermore, the sapphire displays to be used in the 5.6-inch phone are said to come from new Apple partner GT Advanced, which was reported to be gearing up for massive production of devices with sapphire displays earlier this month.

Apple has been experimenting with a range of screen sizes for the next-generation iPhone since early 2013, with size rumors varying from 4.7 to 5.7 inches. Last week, the South China Morning Post stated that the company would be launching two new iPhones with larger flat sapphire displays in September, while The Korea Herald reported that the iPhone 6 would adopt a "bezel-free" display.

In addition to a new display, other reports have indicated that the iPhone 6 will feature a slimmer profile due to thinner and lighter backlights and a 10-megapixel or higher camera with an improved filter. The iPhone 6 is generally expected to arrive in the same September-October timeframe seen in recent years.

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Posted: 9 weeks ago
Honestly it's this sort of BS that makes me wonder why I continue to read MR. I love reading 9 out of 10 articles here but this is just link bait at its finest.
Rating: 27 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago

Honestly it's this sort of BS that makes me wonder why I continue to read MR. I love reading 9 out of 10 articles here but this is just link bait at its finest.


I'm rather annoyed by comments like yours. It is a rumor.
Rating: 19 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago

I'm rather annoyed by comments like yours. It is a rumor.


But not all rumours should be published.

"Sketchy hobo on the street says the next Apple Telephone will have a bigger poking-glass thingy."
Rating: 8 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago



I really hope not. That would make them sell what 4 iphones? (Iphone 5s, iphone 6, iphone 6+, iphone 6c), what happened to Steve Jobs's smiling the product line down to a few base products? It seems like Apple is trying to dip their foot into everything these days, I would rather just see core product lines (iPhone 6c and iPhone 6)


I know, right?

3 phones today is already waaay too confusing... ;)

I agree with what Steve Jobs did back then. The Macintosh product line was a mess... tons of models with little differentiation between them.

I think there were a DOZEN different Performa models released in a single year.

But come on... the iPhone wouldn't suffer from that... even if there were (gasp) 4 models of the iPhone :D
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago

Honestly it's this sort of BS that makes me wonder why I continue to read MR. I love reading 9 out of 10 articles here but this is just link bait at its finest.

You are on MacRUMORS.com. You are on Page 2 of MacRumors.com. The title even says "sketchy report". Cry more please?
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago
No matter what, I'll keep using the smaller one.
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago

Honestly it's this sort of BS that makes me wonder why I continue to read MR. I love reading 9 out of 10 articles here but this is just link bait at its finest.

In MR's defence they did mention in the title that the report is 'sketchy' :p
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago
Maybe the 5.6-inch one will be the next iPod?

It kind of makes sense to me. Positioned more as a handheld gaming device, less a phone (but still capable of cellular data - with FaceTime, iMessages, Skype and so on). To save costs, display could be just stretched, but with the same resolution.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago
The iPhad?
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 9 weeks ago
It's silly season, and will continue to be until WWDC unless Apple surprises us with a product launch before then.
Rating: 2 Positives

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