Apple is said to be readying to release its next iPhone in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with a launch as early as September, according to a report by Japanese business new publication Nikkei. The reports states that the production cycle is already ramping up, with component makers producing elements like fingerprint sensors and LCD driver chips, with LCD mass production kicking off in the second quarter. The report went on to say that the resolution of these devices is supposedly “significantly higher” as compared to current models, which could be designed to keep pixel density high on the larger new screens.

A TechCrunch article warns against relying too heavily on the rumors, especially this far out. However, it does point out that Nikkei’s report echoes rumors from other outlets. The 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes have been reported previously by Bloomberg, while the Wall Street Journal has also reported that Apple is developing two larger phones. Also, according to TechCrunch, Nikkei reported last year that the iPhone 5s and 5c would launch September 20 in Japan before either was officially announced, which was exactly when they did end up arriving.



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Wayne Thorp

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is a vice president and the senior financial analyst at the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). His primary responsibility is to oversee AAII's content strategy. He is also the program manager for AAII's Stock Investor Pro fundamental stock screening and research database program and is on the advisory boards of AAII's Stock Superstars Report and Dividend Investing newsletters. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a 1997 honors graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. Wayne's interests include stock screening, technical analysis and charting, social media and tech gadgets. However, in the summer he'd prefer to be hip-deep in northern Michigan's Manistee River fly-fishing for rainbow trout. He is also a rabid University of Michigan and Detroit Red Wings fan.

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