Analyst: Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone could offer superior hardware vs. 4.7-inch model

“As the supposed September unveiling of Apple’s next-generation iPhone lineup draws nearer, at least one Wall Street analyst believes that the component makeup of the rumored 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch ‘iPhone 6’ variants will diverge when it comes to their application processors and touch modules,” AppleInsider reports. “Cowen & Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri cited Asian supply chain checks when making the prediction in a Monday morning note to investors. A copy of the report was provided to AppleInsider.”

“Arcuri’s sources signaled that the 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a more powerful application processor than its smaller sibling, though no details were given as to the disparity,” AppleInsider reports. “Arcuri also said that the processor in the 5.5-inch model could ship with a larger die… [which] might be a sign that the 5.5-inch model will feature additional on-die silicon, such as a larger array of graphics processing cores. Alternatively, it might suggest that Apple will make the two chips — believed to be the ‘A8’ — in different fabrication plants using different processes.”

AppleInsider reports, “In addition the processor differences, Arcuri believes that both iPhone 6 models could sport different touch modules”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. IF Apple does two different sized screens in the next iteration of the iPhone (what people are typically referring to as the “iPhone 6”), then it is extremely likely that the two will have different screen real estate (different numbers of total pixels).

    While quite possible, it would be a bit wasteful (both in consumed power and hardware mass and size) to use the same A series chip designs in both. It should surprise no one if Apple ships an “A8” in the smaller iPhone 6 and a more graphically powerful “A8x” in the larger iPhone and the next generation of tablets.

    Alternatively, Apple could do what the graphics processor guys often do, ship the same chip in all iOS systems, but with certain processing units disabled in order to conceive power resulting in with a lower graphical processing capability for iOS systems that don’t need the extra capabilities.

  2. “believes that”, “no details”, “could”, “might”, “believes that”, “could”

    Ah well, there you go then! Thanks for the analyst insight.

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