For those who were disappointed that the iPhone 5s retained the same 4 inch screen as the iPhone 5, there is good news: According to a renowned analyst from Jeffries, Peter Misek, there might just be a larger iPhone after all. After visiting reliable supply chain sources, the analyst concluded that the iPhone 5s successor’s display will measure at least 4.8 inches diagonally, which is similar to what the Wall Street Journal and KGI Securitie’s Ming Chi Kuo had suggested. Misek believes that the size upgrade will benefit Apple’s iPhone line significantly and may eventually boost its financial outlook, given the way in which the “4-inches or larger” smartphone shipments have been increasing.
“The stock is attractive based on [Apple’s] attitude change,” Misek emphasized in his report.
On Tuesday, NPD Displaysearch’s David Hsieh released an analytical report featuring a similar conclusion for the refreshed iPhone. As mentioned by BGR and Gottabemobile, Hsieh believes that the Cupertino company will either go for a 4.7 inch or 5.7 inch display, and suggests that the resolution for each screen size will be 1280 x 720 (312 ppi) and 1920 x 1080 (386 ppi), respectively. Hsieh’s report noted also that Apple is somewhat behind its major competitors in the display race, and that the decision to go with a bigger, higher quality display would be extremely critical for Apple at this point in time.
As Hsieh puts it: “Smart phone brands like hTC, Huawei, Nokia and Sony are all gearing up with higher resolution, larger displays, as are the tablet PC makers, led by Google and Amazon. With the rapid evolution of technology and expansion in manufacturing capacity, advanced displays are more accessible, and it is necessary for Apple to bring its supply chain to the next level and take advantage of its integration capabilities.”
At the moment, Hsieh believes that the updated iPhone device will be released at some point in 2Q14 rather than 3Q14.