iPhone 6 report suggests 4.8-inch screen

9 Oct 2013

iPhone 6 rumours

Apple will finally succumb to a larger size smartphone and release the iPhone 6 with a 4.8 inch screen, according to reports.

The iPhone 5s and 5c were released just a few weeks ago, with 9 million units being sold in the first three days alone. But in the world of smartphones, or the rumour mill, that's pretty much old news already.

With the new models seen as iterations rather than new handsets, the attention is already focused on what Apple will come up with as the successor.

Its clear that the majority of smartphones nowadays come with a large screen; around 50% of smartphones bought in the second quarter of 2013 had a screen larger than 4 inches, with the likes of the HTC One, LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4 leading the pack.

Apple has previously insisted that 4 inches was the absolute perfect size for one-thumb use, but one analyst suggests this will change with the iPhone 6.

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Jefferies analyst Peter Misek believes Apple will release the iPhone 6 with a 4.8 inch screen.

Misek stated that a jump in screen size could tempt even more people to upgrade their phone come the release of the new iPhone. 

"We think the 85m iPhone users eligible for an upgrade when the iPhone 6 launches could be boosted by another 5-10M from people who skipped the 5s/5c cycle."

The likely date for the unveiling is being tipped for September 2014, in keeping with the current tendency for Autumn releases.

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by Max Langridge

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Why do we cover smartphones? Because they're hugely popular with the majority of our readers, that's why. I know, because I see the daily traffic figures on the website. And most people now use their phones for portable music, and increasingly as the main controller for their hi-fi or home cinema system.

its not a case of ignoring smart phones, but if you haven't notice WHF tells you pretty much the same as another thousand websites do when it comes to smart phones.

When comparing that with HiFi equipment its only a fraction of website/magazines cover the same thing, yes there are other websites but no where near the same amount as smart phones

I think ignoring smartphones as music players would be as shortsighted as those who didn't think the original ipod was relevant to hifi enthusiasts Smile

The news is under the Portable [audio] category - a lot of people use phones as their primary device for music playback.

I use my Samsung Galaxy S3 on a daily basis at work, so to a degree this is good ews for me.  I had the iPhone 4, but raved a bigger screen.  This might draw me back to Apple...

Agree with others, let others do the reviews on phones (you can obviously use them when trying out a bluetooth speaker) but think how much room you would free up to do more reviews of new kit

I agree with the previous comments.
This is What HiFi, not What Phone magazine.

There's no news about Hi-Fi because the industry is slowly dying.

Who cares? Let's hear some news about hi-fi!