BY | June 12, 2013

Bigger iPhone 5S release date with iOS 7 is going to be a reality pretty soon. The Cupertino based tech giant that introduced its next generation mobile operating system in San Francisco besides a host of other products is hogging the limelight for the top class new operating system version that it has introduced in the market. Not just Apple iPhone and iPad fans are loving the iOS 7, even the Android fans are claiming that this pits Android once again behind the market leader. But as Android 5 Key Lime Pie is very close to be announced –we are expecting it in the next few months –the Android fans will have lots to cheer about as Android will become much more better and improved than its present version.

In the meantime, with the new operating system in place, we can safely conclude that iPhone 5S will be the first product to be introduced by Cupertino based company with iOS 7. And so the excitement is quite high among Apple and iPhone fans.

But to be true, this is not the only reason to rejoice. Apple’s next generation iPhone 5S is expected to come in bigger body and better specifications. A Citi Research report has come with an elaborate report on it and so far Apple has not denied its contents. To be true, this is a long journey for the American smartphone giant that earlier prided itself in coming with small smartphones and that even now claims to the whole world in all its advertisements as to how its smartphones sit well in one’s palm and how easy it is to use its iPhone by one hand without taking the help of other hand. The company has been calling its competitors Samsung and HTC’s handsets too big to be used by one hand and so problematic for many. But a latest Citi Research report claims that the company has finally fallen for the lure and attraction of bigger smartphones given people’s love for them.

There is no doubt that the company’s this decision is going to put it in focus once again and help make it more competitive than many had thought in the last one year. It is 180 degree turnaround where Steve Jobs left the company some two years ago. Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs wouldn’t stand an iPhone bigger than 3.5 inch or 4 inch handset and while other companies launched bigger handsets, Apple would stick to first 3.5 inch and then 4 inch iPhone versions. In a news that was broken by Citi Research, Citi’s Glen Yeung, said: “Based on our field work in the hardware supply chain, we believe that Apple has forecast 80M-85M iPhone builds (combined iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, low-cost iPhone, iPhone 4S) in C2H13 to its suppliers, consistent with the findings of Citi’s Taiwan-based technology team (see: Apple Food Chain – Supply Chain Activity to Begin in July). However, our discussions with various parts of the supply chain reveal skepticism of this forecast, with some indication of downside risk to a range of 65M-75M units (Citi is at the low end of this range— 68M). This skepticism emanates from ongoing iPhone production order cuts through June (because of higher-than-expected 1H13 iPhone inventory), Apple’s typical pattern of setting a higher-than-needed order target, and a modest delay in iPhone 5S production. With respect to the iPhone 5S, our checks suggest production has been delayed by 2-4 weeks, likely due to display issues. And while this does not preclude a September iPhone 5S launch date, we suspect volumes in September may consequently be challenged. As an aside, we continue to expect a 4.8” screen iPhone 6 to be launched in 1Q14.”

In the meantime there are signs that Apple fans are going to love it in the days to come. But as far as iPhone base is concerned, there are many who have been averse to bigger iPhone version may be feeling perplexed at this sudden turn of events. There are strong rumors that the many iPhone 6 prototypes which the Cupertino based company has made has a giant Retina+ IGZO display and a new form factor with no home button. Gesture control is also possibly included. Further it is believed that the iPhone 6 screen would be Retina+ Sharp IGZO display,  1080p Full HD resolution. It is also expected that the company would upgrade from the current processor of dual-core A6 to a quad-core A7. It might possibly sport a 13-megapixel camera and would boast of NFC. But for most people this must be a welcome news. So things are looking very exciting for Apple fans.

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