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- Jul 27, 2011
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Some new intel surfaced which seems to confirm rumors that Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 as a larger display device. These rumors have persisted for weeks, but this new report from Cantor Fitzgeralds Brian White seems to lend additional credence to the previous info. Supposedly, after meeting with an unnamed Apple component supplier, Mr. White is now convinced the iPhone 6 will definitely come with a display somewhere between 4.7 and 5 inches. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Our meeting with a tech supply chain vendor highlighted a bigger iPhone is in the works, and our contact expects a launch in the 2Q:14/3Q:14 time frame, White wrote in a research note on Thursday morning. Nearly a year ago, our research in Asia uncovered early stage work on a larger iPhone, and we indicated in our Apple initiation report dated 9/4/13 that a larger screen size on the iPhone is possible in 2014 that could approach 5 inches. Given todays meeting, we are confident that a larger iPhone (approximately five inches) will become a reality in 2014.
That's not all of the intel from Apple's supply chain though. White also indicated that the often rumored iWatch will actually be coming next year and will be more than just a smartwatch. Here's a quote from White again,
Our contact also discussed the iWatch. Although thoughts around the iWatch have been widely covered by the media, this potential device has yet to be launched, and the use case discussions have been rather rudimentary, White wrote. As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the iWatch and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.). We found this discussion interesting as it opened our eyes to why the iWatch has the potential to appeal to a much broader audience of consumers than just another mobile device.
Of course, this is just one of many industry financial analyst's who could simply be trying to drive up interest to boost Apple's stock. However, his information coincides with a number of other analysts and journalists who have all echoed much of the same information. What's that old saying about "where there's smoke there's fire?"