Sketchy Report Claims iPhone 5S Delayed Until Late 2013 Over Switch to 4.3-Inch Display

Bloomberg highlights a new report from Taiwan's Commercial Times claiming that Apple may be pushing back the launch of the iPhone 5S to the end of this year in order to increase the size of the device's display from the current 4 inches to 4.3 inches.

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.

The claim is highly unlikely to be true, as Apple undoubtedly finalized the designed of the iPhone 5S months ago and the company will reportedly begin mass production later this month. Regardless, the fact that the report was picked up by Bloomberg is giving it wide visibility.

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A number of reports have also indicated that the iPhone 5S will look largely identical to the iPhone 5, as seen in a prototype device manufactured last December. Photos of display assemblies claimed to be for the iPhone 5S have also surfaced, with those parts appearing nearly identical to the corresponding iPhone 5 parts with the exception of a change in orientation of the flex cable connectors that is compatible with the logic board layout from the prototype iPhone 5S.

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Top Rated Comments

bbplayer5 Avatar
142 months ago
Doubt it. But it would be the only way Id buy it.
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foodog Avatar
142 months ago
I'm calling shenanigans.
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keysofanxiety Avatar
142 months ago
I think 4" is just the right size for me.

Unfortunately, that's not what she said. :(
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Rocketman Avatar
142 months ago
Now that the 5S and plastic iPhone are in various stages of production, the prototypes of the next gen are starting to confuse the supply chain watchers.

Rocketman

cite:

https://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/22/apple-testing-screens-for-a-larger-iphone-and-a-13-inch-ipad/
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MacFather Avatar
142 months ago
Deleted.
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GoCubsGo Avatar
142 months ago
I read this early this morning. Like the fingerprint scanner, I feel as though it is stupid to cite delays in manufacturing because of a feature on a phone that hasn't even been announced. Anyone can say the phone may be delayed for any reason, such as, the pink elephants and unicorns aren't sitting still enough to take a photo of them to create the stock iPhone 5S wallpaper image.

I mean really.
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