Apple may launch 4.7” iPhone 6 this summer, with bigger 5.7” version coming later this fall.
According to Chinese analyst Sun Chyang Xu, who was pretty spot on about Google X phone developments last year, Apple may start the trial production of 4.7” iPhone 6 as early as next month. Then, if things go as planned, it will begin a full scale mass production in May. Which is about right for iPhone 6 announcement during Apple WWDC conference on June 10th.
According to Chyang Xu, the 4.7” iPhone will keep the 1136×640 pixel screen resolution of its predecessor. With higher resolution displays reserved for the bigger 5.7” iPhones later.
With the addition of Japan’s NTT Docomo and China Mobile, Apple more or less exhausted the easy growth avenues through iPhone distribution expansion. In fact, most of distribution growth potential was used up already a year ago. To keep up with competition, Apple had to move away from its 1 iPhone launch a year product cycle, which it did with the introduction of iPhone 5S and 5C.
The next logical step - is to have two big iPhone launch events a year for 2 very distinct iPhone models. Which seems the direction Apple is headed in right now.