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iPhone 6 rumor rollup for week ending Oct. 26

John Cox | Oct. 29, 2012
With iPhone 5 finally unveiled, it's already become old hat for the iOSphere. After all, what's really new?

Storage. Can you ever have enough, really? "Most people think 64GB is enough," Carnoy admits grudgingly. "Still, some folks are itching for a 128GB version, even if it would carry a price tag of over $500 (and maybe $600) with a contract."

The other stuff on the must-have list include built-in inductive charging, customizable widgets, "better performance" (which is something Apple has offered on just about every iPhone, a wider screen ("a lot of people wanted Apple to go wider and taller -- not just taller," Carnoy points out), and better battery life ("Plenty of people would trade a slightly thicker phone for better battery life," he declares).

Yet even with all these must-haves, we doubt Carnoy's iPhone 6 would meet Maxcer's Freaking Amazing Standard (see previous).

iPhone 6 needs bigger screen sizes

"Apple may need an iPhone 6 sooner rather than later," CNET's Dan Farber argued earlier this month, just before the announcement of the iPad mini.

That's because, he argues, competing device makers using Android or Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 will offer more choices, including smartphones with screen sizes larger than the nearly-four-inch display of the iPhone 5.

For example, he notes, Samsung says it sold 20 million Galaxy S III smartphones, with a 4.8-inch high-def display, in just over three months. The implication is that if there was a 4.8-inch iPhone, some number of the Galaxy buyers would have bought the iPhone instead.

"There is a payoff in offering a broader selection of mobile devices for Apple's competitors" Farber says. "Google's Android platform dominates the market, with more than 60 percent share, compared to less than 20 for Apple."

It's not clear how that fact actually translates into a "payoff" for the specific Android-based phone manufacturers. As Farber notes, it's Apple alone that's been reaping the vast majority of profits for the entire global smartphone industry.

Farber, and many others, take the smaller-screened iPad mini as evidence that Apple is changing its mind on offering mobile device options, and will do so for the iPhone. And it certainly has done that for its long-running iPod line of media players, creating a variety of sub-brands over the years.

The iPad mini is aimed at people who want an iPad with a smaller screen. Yet Apple didn't enter the "7-inch tablet market," if there is such a thing. It's offering a 7.9-inch tablet, a size apparently chosen with as much deliberation and experimentation as the decision to offer the full-sized iPad at 9.7 inches.

Farber argues that "the popularity of larger screens has to be a factor that impacts how long Apple can ride the iPhone 5."

 

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