With no shortage of rumors and speculation that Apple would change course and release a 4.8-inch or greater iPhone, one analyst believes it’s not in the cards for 2013. In a research note, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek suggests that display yield among other changes make it less likely for Apple to release what he’s calling the iPhone 6 in 2013. Misek believes Apple will instead push out the release to sometime in mid-2104.
Misek was first to claim that Apple was working on iPhone 6 prototypes back in December, suggesting that the new iPhone will remove the home button and switch to gesture-based control. That move seems questionable at best, given the fragmentation it would cause within the iOS ecosystem, but perhaps that could somehow get resolved with a major new iOS release. Still, that appears as Tim wrote in December to be ‘bonkers’.
Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.
With the super-sized iPhone supposedly removed from this year’s product release calendar, Misek still expects both the iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone to come around the June timeframe. No word on whether today’s note continues to predict multi-colored iPhone 5S models.