Analysts expect Apple to introduce two larger iPhone models this year
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple (AAPL) may introduce two new iPhone models with distinct sizes this year, one at 4.7 inches diagonally and the other at 5.5 inches. If this report comes true, it will be an unprecedented move from Apple, as it has traditionally kept the iPhone’s screen sizes between 3.5 inches to 4 inches. According to another recent report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, iPhone 6 may be introduced in August this year, earlier than the normal expectation of a September or October release. Read An earlier iPhone 6 launch would help Apple avoid Samsung’s threat for more information.
Apple faces stiff competition in the smartphone market
iPhone is the most valuable business for Apple, but of late, Apple has struggled in the smartphone market. Its share in the worldwide smartphone market has declined from 19% in 2012, to 15% in 2013. Samsung (SSNLF) is the leader in this market with a 31% share, while Lenovo is an emerging player and has managed to increase its share from 3% to 5% during this period. Interestingly, Lenovo acquired Motorola from Google (GOOG) earlier this year in order to increase its presence in the developed markets. On the other hand, Microsoft (MSFT) is trying to boost its presence in the smartphone operating system market and recently acquired Nokia (NOK) to achieve this goal.
iPhone 6 is expected to have some more attractive features
Along with a larger screen size for iPhone 6, Apple is expected to come up with some more attractive features. According to the report from Kuo, the 4.7-inch model will come with a 1334-by-750 pixels display, while the 5.5-inch model will come with 1920-by-1080 pixels display. iPhone 6 is also expected to have a Touch Id fingerprint security system. It’s also expected to be compatible with near field communications (or NFC) technology.