A report published in Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, via Mac Otakara, reiterates the flurry of previous reporting that Apple will release two new iPhones this year with larger displays, around 4.7 and 5.6 inches respectively. This has been reported countless times in the past by multiple sources. It also says that Apple is targeting a release in the third-quarter, again unsurprising at this point.
However, the report goes onto say that only the larger of these two phones will feature sapphire-glass. According to this sketchy report, the 4.7 inch model will continue to use Corning’s Gorilla Glass like the current iPhone 5s and 5c.
9to5Mac reported Apple was readying its Arizona factory to produce sapphire glass for iPhone screens earlier this month. With Apple only just ramping their use of sapphire this year (also rumored to be used in the iWatch), the claim that sapphire will be used for just one iPhone variant is not unreasonable due to potential supply constraints.
What is much less likely, is what the Economic Daily News says next. It claims Apple will not name the larger ~5.6 inch device an iPhone. According to their information, Apple will treat this form of iPhone as an ‘experimental’ product and not use the iPhone name. However, this last claim should definitely be approached with skepticism. Apple is unlikely to complicate its product lineup by distinguishing the 4.7 and 5.6 inch models any more than they do with the 5s and 5c — although they feature different suffixes, they are both iPhones.
Moreover, why would ‘first-hand supply chain sources’ have knowledge of Apple’s branding and marketing plans?
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