A 5.5-Inch iPhone 6? Today's Leak Suggests It Is Real

The first major part leak for the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 suggests Apple may really be readying device for a launch this year.

Jun 21, 2014 at 3:20PM

"A 5-5-inch iPhone? No way," many Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans would have responded several years ago.

But the market has shifted. "Phablets" are, indeed, faring incredibly well with consumers. In fact, it has been rumored that Apple is working on both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 -- both meaningfully larger than the 4-inch iPhone 5S display.


MacRumors renderings, by Ferry Passchier, of the potential 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sixth-generation iPhone lineup. Photo used with permission.

Until today, however, the lack of leaks of the larger alleged iPhone 6 made the 5.5-inch device seem less likely than its smaller counterpart. But the first leak has finally arrived.

In the wee hours of the morning, Sonny Dickson exclusively shared with 9to5Mac photos of an alleged LCD component of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The images show a ruler confirming the diagonal length of the leaked part.

9to5Mac's well-connected Mark Gurman explains the implications of the photos.

While these photos do not provide us with any breakthrough information about the new iPhone, the photos, at best, do show that Apple is already producing components for the larger sized phone and this means that production is likely nearing.

Apple wants in on phablets
An internal Apple slide deck that surfaced in a Samsung-Apple trial earlier this hinted that Apple was considering the hot phablet market.

One slide in the deck, titled "Consumers want what we don't have," broke down 2013's incremental smartphone market growth of 228 million units. Unit growth of 91 million could be attributed to smartphones with displays larger than 4 inches, according to the slide.

But 5.5 inches -- really? While I could imagine there is demand in the U.S. for a 4.7-inch iPhone, it's more difficult for me to picture the potential for a 5.5-inch phablet. Until, that is, I consider China.

Apple Store China

Apple Store in China 

In the less developed Chinese market, where phablets can serve as a replacement for a wide-screen TV, desktop computer, laptop, and tablet all at the same time, a 5.5-inch smartphone makes a lot more sense. In fact, four out of 10 smartphones sold in March had a screen size larger than 5 inches, according to a report from Kanatar WorldPanel ComTech. "In China, phablet growth continues unabated," the report said. And China, as the world's largest smartphone market, is incredibly important to Apple.

Apple is expected to launch the smaller iPhone 6 this fall alongside iOS 8. But the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will allegedly come later in the year, reports have suggested. The phones are speculated to sport thinner, all-aluminum encased form-factors. Apple may also be ditching Gorilla Glass for sapphire crystal.

Analysts have big expectations for the device.

Leaked: Apple's next smart device (warning -- it may shock you)
Apple recently recruited a secret-development "dream team" to guarantee that its newest smart device was kept hidden from the public for as long as possible. But the secret is out, and some early viewers are even claiming that its everyday impact could trump the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad. In fact, ABI Research predicts that 485 million of these devices will be sold per year. But one small company makes this gadget possible. And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and to see Apple's newest smart gizmo, just click here!

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

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This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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