Last week, it was reported that Apple may be considering display sizes ranging from 4.8 to 6 inches for its future iPhones, possibly next year’s iPhone 6. According to reputed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may indeed be mulling a larger display for the iPhone 6, but not necessarily in the same territory as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Mega 6.3. Instead, Apple may focus on one of the iPhone’s most enduring selling points and stick with a 4.5-inch to 5-inch screen size.
Kuo’s new research note, recently quoted on AppleInsider, suggests that Apple will adhere by its “unwavering principle of (easy) one hand use” by keeping the iPhone 6’s display size at the 4.5- to 5-inch range, which is consistent with previous rumors apart from Thursday’s Wall Street Journal report on the 4.8- to 6-inch display panels being tested. Kuo’s new research also jibes with speculation that Apple may want to compete more with makers of larger Android phones, many of which have 5-inch displays or thereabouts. A 4.5- to 5-inch display size, however, would make the iPhone 6 considerably smaller than most phablets out in the market, some of which, including the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega variant, are almost as large as a small tablet.
Speaking of tablets, Kuo made a separate comment about Apple making the move to GF2 touch technology from glass-on-glass on its iPads by 2014. Once this happens, said Kuo, the iPad 2 will be the only tablet offered by Apple to still use glass-on-glass. As for the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, Kuo still expects Apple’s two newest tablets to drop before the end of 2013, with production likely to start next quarter.