“Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White is touring China and reports to investors that demand for the iPhone 5s in the Asian country is disappointing, while interest in Chinese brands like Xiaomi is on the rise,” Kelly Hodgkins reports for MacRumors. “This cool sentiment towards the iPhone may change when an iPhone 6 model with a larger screen arrives later this year.”

“Interest in a large-screened iPhone model among Chinese vendors and carriers is reportedly very high, possibly making the next iPhone launch a ‘special’ one for Apple,” Hodgkins reports. “Apple’s next iPhone model is expected to arrive in two display sizes, with one near 4.7 inches and the other at approximately 5.5 inches. The 4.7-inch model may debut this fall, while the 5.5-inch is rumored to land sometime in 2015.”

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MacDailyNews Take: This fall? 2015?! For models that clearly* should have been on the market 12-24 months ago. The world’s most valuable company sometimes moves with Ballmeresque expediency.

*Survey data we have seen from disparate sources uniformly shows that consumers want iPhones with larger displays.