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Apple Inc. Is Walking a Fine Line Introducing a Larger iPhone 6

As far as iPhone 6 rumors go, few are more prevalent than the ones speculating Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) will introduce two different sized devices to market later this year.

To be sure, we're already aware Apple knows the iPhone 6 needs a bigger screen. What's more, the latest supply chain rumblings support that assertion, saying one version will feature Apple's usual 4.7-inch display, while the other iPhone 6 could incorporate a massive 5.5-inch screen and be marketed as a "Phablet" of sorts.

According to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, however, Apple is walking a fine line between success and frustration by narrowing the gap between its phones and smaller tablet offerings like the iPad Mini. As a result -- and though Steve notes Apple has almost certainly certainly weighed the benefits of doing so -- shareholders need to remain cognizant of the risk a larger iPhone 6 brings in potentially cannibalizing iPad Mini sales. To hear Steve's full take on what this means for investors, please watch the video.

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  • Report this Comment On April 17, 2014, at 11:05 AM, Renee wrote:

    Can't wait to see Apple return to innovation, but I have a feeling that these "rumors" are just attempts by various interested parties to boost up their stock prior to selling it off, as there has been no innovation coming from Apple since Jobs' death.

  • Report this Comment On April 17, 2014, at 11:40 AM, devvvv wrote:

    The 4.7 iphone will work, but not the 5.5 Furthermore if Apple is not going to support a expandable sd card slot, they best offer minimum internal storage of 32gb. If they don't I'm buying a Samsung Android phone. I don't care if they offer a 32gb model if it's not going to be offered as the minimum, I'm not buying.

  • Report this Comment On April 17, 2014, at 11:56 AM, ranchrfl wrote:

    AAPL doesn't release anything that isn't the best and ready, other than the cube and the maps. It takes years to create a new product line and Jobs had to have left a load of ideas behind and Jonny Ivey the guy who took Steve's ideas and made them great is still there alive and creating. There will be something soon enough for me and I'm holding a large stake (in my Roth IRA). It may not be soon enough for some but when it does wherever the share price is it will take off. Let's say I sell a couple thousand shares today and something is announced next month. Odds are I end up missing the dividend and get fewer shares back, when I buy back in. The only reason I sell AAPL now is if I've given up on the stock, am going somewhere else and not looking back...NOT READY TO GO THERE!

  • Report this Comment On April 17, 2014, at 1:31 PM, Luap wrote:

    Apple is no Fool. If they release a larger iPhone, it is going to be the best fit for your hand. The buttons will be in the right place. It'll have an even faster processor. Maybe it will be covered with sapphire. Maybe it will run voice recognition as an app. Will everyone want a large iPhone? No. If it doesn't fit in your pocket as is the case with many women, no, they won't buy it. But it will sell enough and people will have more choice. If the larger one doesn't sell the most, there will be critics. Probably the same critics that complained that the phone wasn't big enough. There is so much hypocrisy and stock manipulation going on that it is unbelievable.

  • Report this Comment On April 18, 2014, at 1:09 AM, deasystems wrote:

    @Renee: I don't think "innovation" means what you think it means, Renee. Your own idiosyncratic definition doesn't count…

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