Although unconfirmed rumors about various sizes of large-screen iPhones have been circulating for months, one analyst believes that he has the lowdown on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iPhone 6. In a recent research note obtained by Apple Insider, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claimed that Apple has already “locked down” the screen size of its next iPhone iteration at 4.8 inches. The analyst predicted that Apple would likely launch the large-screen iPhone in September, although a June launch is also a possibility.
Like many other rumors about the next iPhone, Arcuri’s claims are based on unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain. Arcuri’s predicted screen size is close to one of the two iPhone screen sizes that have predicted by several other analysts. For example, DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh recently predicted that Apple is working on a 4.7-inch display or a 5.5-inch display for its upcoming iPhone 6. Similarly, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White cited his own supply chain sources that suggested Apple would unveil 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone screen sizes this year.
Arcuri’s 4.8-inch screen size prediction aligns with a forecast made by well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. As noted by Apple Insider, Kuo stated last September that Apple would not surpass the 5-inch screen size threshold because of the company’s “unwavering principle of one hand use.”
Arcuri also claimed that Apple had already finalized many other aspects of the iPhone 6, including the implementation of the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol. Apple already updated the MacBook Air with the new Wi-Fi standard, as well as the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule router. It should be noted that Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C still use the slower 802.11n Wi-Fi standard.
Per Apple Insider, Arcuri also wrote that the California-based company is planning “key software innovations” for the next iOS release. He believes that Apple will unveil a new mobile payment service that may use the iBeacon system, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and the Passbook feature.
Arcuri is not the only analyst to predict the debut of a new mobile payment service in 2014. In a research note obtained by Barron’s, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty predicted that a similar service would be unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Several Apple patents have also suggested that the company is developing a mobile payment service, including a recently published patent that outlined a system that uses a combination of NFC (near field communication) and Bluetooth technologies.
Besides offering his iPhone 6 predictions, Arcuri also affirmed the rumors about an oversized iPad. According to the analyst, Apple will release a 13-inch iPad that will “blur the lines between tablets and PCs,” reports Apple Insider. Arcuri’s iPad prediction is in line with similar rumors reported by Taiwan’s DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes’ “upstream supply chain” sources, Apple is planning on releasing a 12.9-inch tablet in October 2014 that will be geared towards North America’s educational market.
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