Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities told AppleInsider that the anticipated lower-cost iPhone, designed for emerging markets, would feature the current iPhone 5′s screen size rather than the 4.5-inch display that rumors have indicated.
Logically, such a production decision would make sense. It would be far more cost and time effective for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to manufacture a re-engineered iPhone 5 than to entirely redesigned the device, which would necessitate additional supply channels and another production line. However, the decision was actually based on market demand showing increasing interest in smartphones with larger screens. The new Samsung Galaxy S4, for instance, features a five-inch screen.