4.8-Inch iPhone 6 In 2014?

4.8-Inch iPhone 6 In 2014?

While every other company is trying to get their own phablet out of the door and into the market, it seems that our favorite firm from Cupertino is biding its sweet time and not at all in a hurry to get its much-rumored 4.8-incher into the fray.

We’ve got to hand it to our ever-diligent analysts to come up with the most imaginative and often times fanciful murmurings about Apple’s plans and devices but, mind you, these murmurings are not just whimsical creations of their creative minds – they are based on research and a deeper knowledge of how things are at Apple plus the presence of their most ubiquitous and reliable source “anonymous” – allow them to infer on Apple’s machinations.

The latest one from analyst Peter Misek of Jeffries says that although Apple wants to release the 4.8-inch iPhone Math (or Plus, if you please) by October, this just won’t happen this year because Apple’s manufacturing partners who are supposed to produce the display panels for the rumoured iPhone 6 can hardly keep up with Apple’s exacting technical demand for a cost-effective screen to fit in Apple’s timeline. Aside from this, Mr. Misek also thinks that Apple will be switching to the 20nm processor in order to squeeze in more cores for the upcoming A7 which should power the newest iPhone 6. Of course, when you have a new processor it follows that you should also have an updated OS to go with it and Mr. Misek believes this would be the case for the iPhone 6.

Peter Misek (via Macrumors):

“We see three possible bottlenecks for the iPhone that could contribute to lower yields (and hence higher costs) and/or a delayed launch.

App processor production at 20nm. Apple’s current iPhone app processor is on 32nm. For the iPhone 6 we think Apple will likely skip over 28nm and go to 20nm to facilitate adding more cores (4 or even 8). While TSMC is targeting a 2014 ramp in its 20nm production we think that issues like double patterning could make it a more complicated transition than the 28nm ramp, which had its own substantial ramp and yield issues.

Display shifting from in-cell LCD to on-cell OLED or IGZO. We think in- cell is having difficulty ramping to 4.8”, which is making Apple look at switching to on-cell (a different integrated touchscreen technology).

Revamped OS. We think Apple plans to re-architect iOS to utilize more cores and better compete with Samsung. Also, we believe the way iOS interoperates with iCloud, gestures controls, and advertising will be substantially upgraded.”

Apple sure is on the run to take the lead again from its closest rival, Samsung, if all these speculations from our revered analysts are to be believed.  At the same time, we should not discount the efforts Samsung is exerting to push its brand to the buying public and higher the food chain where Apple used to reign supreme. We should also be on the lookout for innovations coming from the Korean company which may just take us by surprise, as we await the next chapter in the continuing saga that is the mobile wars…

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