The iPhone 6—or whatever Apple ends up calling its next smartphone—isn’t expected to launch until the fall of 2014, but one analyst claims the company has already decided exactly how big the new handset will be. In a recent investor’s note Cowen and Company‘s Timothy Arcuri claims the iPhone 6 will feature a 4.8-inch display.
Predicting that the iPhone 6 will be bigger than the current model seems to be a pretty safe bet. Apple increased its screen size with the iPhone 5 back in 2012 and considering that there are plenty of Android options beyond even 5-inches in size, there’s no question that Cupertino needs to catch up fast.
Citing multiple sources within Apple’s supply chain, Arcuri claims the company is already set on a 4.8-inch display for the iPhone 6, marking a drastic increase over the iPhone 5s while still allowing most users to operate the handset with a single hand. He also predicts the company will use new services like iBeacon and Touch ID along with Passbook to push mobile payments.
A 4.8-inch iPhone 6 sounds great, but we’re still not convinced that Apple has already locked down the design for its next smartphone. The company has a long history of testing multiple models and even ordering significant changes to a new product at the last minute. Even if Apple has decided on a 4.8-inch screen, there’s no guarantee it won’t reconsider the decision at some point in the next eight months.