Both The iPhone 5S And 5-Inch iPhone 6 Have Supposedly Been Spotted At An Apple Supplier, Could Debut This Year

You can usually tell if a rumor is fake if it dies off and is never heard of again, but when a rumor keeps popping up there is usually some truth to it. These rumors include the reports of the iPhone 5S, Apple’s proposed cheaper iPhone model and the 5-inch iPhone ‘math’.

Today we have received word from BrightWire that both Apple’s iPhone 5S and the 5-inch iPhone 6 has been spotted at one of Apple’s suppliers.

A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that he has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple’s suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website’s microblog on Thursday evening. The source noted that the iPhone 5S resembles the iPhone 5, and the five-inch iPhone 6 is lighter and thinner.

Apple releasing a larger iPhone and possibly even a cheaper entry-level iPhone has been met with a lot of skepticism. In one hand a lot of people think Apple needs to release different iPhone models to be competitive with the likes of Samsung and other smartphone manufactures. A lot of people are arguing however, that this is against Apple’s design philosophy, as it would mean more fragmentation.

iPhone 5S And 5-Inch iPhone 6 Spotted At Apple Supplier

iPhone 5 (left) and Galaxy S III (right)

In my opinion releasing a larger iPhone and possibly even a cheaper iPhone is something Apple will do. It may not happen in 2013, but in order to expand their customer base and stay competitive the fruit company needs to embrace the fact that people like different screen sizes.

We have heard reports from various different sources this year that Apple is looking to release a larger iPhone and a cheaper entry-level iPhone either late 2013 or early 2014. Even if we don’t see either, Apple is guaranteed to at least refresh the iPhone this year in the form of the iPhone 5S.

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  • Raymond Lanser

    I think the 5S is pretty likely, apple needs a lower price point device with the increasingly improving android devices. 5″ iPhone? I question why phones that big exist to begin with (though they are nice if you have giant hands) But then again Apple has been pretty compromisey on their principles since Jobs passed so who knows.