24 January 2014Wall Street Journal:
The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple’s largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5.
Both new models are expected to feature metal casings similar to what is used on the current iPhone 5S, with Apple expected to scrap the plastic exterior used in the iPhone 5C, these people said.
If this is the case, logically these two phones should sit at the higher end of the lineup at the $99 and $199 price-points. So what’s the free phone this year? I reckon it is the 5c. The lineup can then be clearly differentiated by screen size: the jumps between 4, 4.7 and 5.5 inches are well defined.1 The cheap one is plastic and the higher two are made of ‘premium’ metals.
What I am undecided on is whether the new phones will differ with their internal components. Will Apple distinguish the models by giving them different processors? Or is it more like the iPad, where the only deciding factor between the iPad Air and Mini is the size of the screen.
1 The Wall Street Journal only reports the new phones will feature screens larger than 4.5 inches and larger than 5 inches. In October, Bloomberg mentioned the more specific 4.7 and 5.5 diagonal dimensions. This is where my numbers come from.