Rumour: iPhone 6 to Keep Pace With Phablets Through Larger 4.8-Inch Screen

By Gerald Lynch on at

With its mobile market share diminishing year-on-year as Android further becomes the go-to smartphone platform, it seems Apple could be shaking things up considerably with the iPhone 6 design. Looking to compromise with the rise of the phablet fan, the next iPhone could jump up to a 4.8-inch screen size.

That's the word from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, who claims his checks into Apple's supply chain sources indicates the screen size increase (up from the current 4-inch size) is on the cards. Though it of course needs taking with a massive pinch of salt, it's not the first time we've heard such rumours. Remember the shockingly-named iPhone Math?

Arcuri also detailed some expected changes to the iOS operating system, stating that iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook would come together to power a new mobile payment system built into the phone, and even went as far as to suggest a possible June launch for the handset.

As ever, without official word from Apple, this needs to be treated with some suspicion, but with cases of "iPhone fatigue" at least borne out in part by the lowering market share, perhaps it is time Apple considered moving into the big (screen) leagues. [AppleInsider via TechRadar]