Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) plans a foray into the phablet segment with its iPhone 6, which could possibly be taller than the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. A recent YouTube video compared the rumored 4.7- and 5.5-inch “iPhone 6” dummy models against the iPhone 5s and other popular handsets, and concluded that both versions are significantly larger than than the company’s current offering.
Bigger iPhone 6
TechSmartt’s comparison video shows that the bigger dummy version completely eclipses the 5s, and overshadows the Note 3 and LG’s G3, which are typically perceived as bigger devices. The dimensions of the Note 3, which has a 5.7-inch display, are 151.2 mm tall, 79.2 mm wide and 8.3 mm thick.
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However, pointing to the size of the 5.5-inch iPhone mockup, the video says that the device might be a bit big for many users to easily handle with one hand. In such a case, users could have to use both hands to input text and navigate the UI. These dummy models do not include the extended bezel area on the top and bottom of the display that house the ear speaker, proximity sensor, front facing camera and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Touch ID Home button.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) dummies are similar to the ones that have been making the rounds in recent reports that credit case manufacturers for the reference designs. However, this does not suggest that the final version from Apple will necessarily be the same. Generally, it has been seen that third-party accessory makers do take risks on the basis of leaked specifications, and the crowded case making industry is a fine example of such risk takers.
Apple maintaining Suspense over release date
There has been no official news regarding the iPhone 6 release date. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is so serious about the leaks prior to the launch that it has hired a separate team of insiders to trace and fix leaks. Furthermore, most Apple employees are not even provided information on the release of the products. So what we are left with are only speculations, analyst estimates and rumors.
There were reports that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) could unveil the next-gen iPhone in June, but since two models are rumored this time, so September appears to be the most likely date.