Report: A Pair of Bigger, Sharper iPhone 6 Smartphones Will Land in September

By Gerald Lynch on at

Apple is said to be preparing not one, but two new iPhone handsets this year, aiming for a September unveiling. Could the iPhone 6 be available in both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes?

That's the latest line on the rumour grapevine, coming in from Japanese daily Nikkei. It's stating that Apple is looking to push up from the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5 and 5S in order to combat the trend towards larger-screened smartphones. The handsets would also have improved resolutions to counter the increased screen real estate, with "UltraRetina" panels affording a 389ppi. An A8 chipset, made by both Samsung and TSMC, would run the show, and is said to be clocked at 2.6GHz.

How reliable is the news? Many of the reported specs seem to come from Aussie tech leaker Sonny Dickson, who was pretty much spot on with his iPhone 5S leaks in the run up to its launch. Though Steve Jobs had been skeptical, Apple eventually caved over the 3.5-inch smartphone screen sweetspot, expanding it for the iPhone 5. With the competition pushing ever larger screen sizes, and consumers looking happy to buy into them, a pair of different sized models for differing tastes would be an unusual but not impossible move for the Cupertino company. [Nikkei]