According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo, Apple’s 2014 iPhone update is set to include a model with a larger display. Kuo pinpoints the screen increase to be between 4.5 and 5 inches. He also says that the display will continue to be based off of the in-cell touch screen technology. This display configuration, introduced with the iPhone 5, allows Apple to install thinner displays, and this means overall svelter phones.
Today’s claim is not surprising given that we have heard several indications that Apple is looking to boost the size of the iPhone’s display. Earlier this year, Reuters reported that Apple is exploring larger display sizes for the iPhone, particularly in the 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch “phablet” range. The aforementioned 4.7-inch Apple displays in testing would fit the claims of Kuo. Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was testing displays up to 6-inches in size…
Over the past year, Apple has demonstrated a willingness to increase its product range. For example, next week, the company will expand its iPhone line-up to include a lower-cost, plastic model. The lower-cost smartphone market is an arena that Apple avoided entering for several years even as competition from Samsung and other Android device makers increased in emerging markets. Last year, the company rolled out a smaller iPad and is already rumored to be working on a 13-inch model for 2014.
In today’s report, in addition to talking about the 2014 iPhone, Kuo hints that the iPad 2 may be discontinued next year.
iPad to switch completely to GF2 in 2014. We think that iPad will continue using GF2 touch technology given its advantages of slimness and lightweight. We think the G/G technology will be eliminated in 2014, only to be seen in the old model iPad 2.
The analyst says that Apple will move exclusively to GF2 touch technology (which makes for thinner and lighter devices), a technology not found in the iPad 2. For this year, we are expecting Apple to release at least two new iPads: An iPad mini with a Retina display, a fifth-generation iPad that looks like a larger iPad mini, and perhaps a non-Retina iPad mini for cost considerations.
In addition to speaking about 2014, Kuo has issued a separate report detailing his final predictions for Apple’s September 10th iPhone event. As we’ve been reporting for the past few months, here’s a summary of what to expect for the iPhone 5S:
- iPhone 5′s design
- Home button (sapphire coated) with fingerprint scanning technology
- Dual-LED flash for better low-light photos and video
- Gold color option
- A7 processor
We’ve additionally reported on some software enhancements that may be found in the new camera. While the iPhone 5S’s camera is not expected to see a megapixel increase from the current 8, the aperture is expected to enlarge. Kuo expects the plastic iPhone (“iPhone 5C”) to come in 7 colors and be priced between $400 and $500.
We expect Apple to announce FDD-LTE & TDD-LTE iPhone 5S & 5C at the same time.
A FDD-LTE version should launch before end of September and a TDD-LTE version 1-2 months later, as China Mobile (CN) needs time to properly prepare its TDD-LTE network. As China Mobile hopes to use iPhone 5S as the flagship model for promoting its TDD-LTE network, it would come as no surprise if the TDD-LTE version of iPhone 5S launches before iPhone 5C.
Kuo expects that China Mobile will launch the new iPhones 1-2 months after the initial device launches. The iPhone 5S is said to arrive on China Mobile prior to the 5C.
Kuo also provides a table to clarify which manufactures will be providing components for the new iPhones (above).