How big will Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) future iPhone iterations become? Fans of over-sized iOS-powered smartphones that were looking forward to the debut of an Apple phablet next year may want to read KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s note before they get their hopes up.
Recently, the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed industry sources that reported Apple “has begun evaluating a plan to offer iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 inches to as high as 6 inches.” The news was welcomed by many analysts who have been urging Apple to exploit the phone-tablet hybrid market that was pioneered by Samsung (SSNLF.PK) with its Galaxy Note line of phablets.
Despite the rumors, well-connected analyst Kuo is doubtful that Apple will release a device with a screen larger than 4.5 to 5 inches in 2014, reports Apple Insider. This would keep Apple’s larger-screen iPhone squarely on the phone side of the phone/tablet divide.