Apple is once again speculated to release a 4.7″ iPhone 6, and a 5.5″ phablet this year, according to people with knowledge of the prototypes, reports Chinese media.
The kicker is that those prototypes, that are increasingly mentioned as the final screen diagonals Apple is employing for this year’s iPhones, have had panels made of sapphire glass. The sapphire rumor was just shot down yesterday, however, with analysts saying it will be too costly for Apple to put such screens on the millions of handsets it will sell, so it will keep the tough cover for its iWatch that will eventually measure less than 2 inches across.
“They have to tackle the phablet market. People want bigger screens now,” commented the insider. Captain Obvious also added that the new iPhone(s) will be announced in September, and April will be the month for “freezing” the final design, then ramping up component production. The iPhone 5c will apparently be phased out, they mention, and the 5s will take its place, but with slightly altered chassis materials.
As for the sloping or curved display rumors for the new iPhone(s)? “The screens will be flat. Apple doesn’t do anything what Samsung does,” mused other insiders, which we can file in the random comments section, given the fact of the Galaxy Round.