Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White is the latest analyst claiming an increase in display size for the future Apple smartphone.
White claims the device rumored to arrive in 2014 will sport an increase of almost 5 inches from the current 4 inches.
“Our meeting with a tech supply chain vendor highlighted a bigger iPhone is in the works, and our contact expects a launch in the 2Q:14/3Q:14 time frame,” the analyst said in an investors note released on Thursday.
“Nearly a year ago, our research in Asia uncovered early stage work on a larger iPhone, and we indicated in our Apple initiation report dated 9/4/13 that ‘a larger screen size on the iPhone is possible in 2014 that could approach 5 inches.’ Given today’s meeting, we are confident that a larger iPhone (approximately five inches) will become a reality in 2014.”
Recently Jeffries analyst Peter Misek estimated that the next iPhone will feature a 4.8-inch display.
This week DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh claimed that Apple is testing two iPhones of different screen sizes, namely 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch panels.
In addition, White also estimates that the rumored iWatch is likely to arrive in the near future and that it will be more than just a smartwatch.
“Our contact also discussed the ‘iWatch.’ Although thoughts around the ‘iWatch’ have been widely covered by the media, this potential device has yet to be launched, and the use case discussions have been rather rudimentary,” White wrote.
“As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the ‘iWatch’ and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.). We found this discussion interesting as it opened our eyes to why the ‘iWatch’ has the potential to appeal to a much broader audience of consumers than just another mobile device.”