According to a report from Bloomberg News, Apple has scheduled an iPhone 6 launch event for September 9th. The event, which is one year after Apple debuted the iPhone 5S and 5C, will reveal two larger screen iPhones – one with a 4.7 inch screen, and one much larger with a 5.5 inch screen. The 4.7 inch screen will be a small boost in screen size compared to the iPhone 5 and 5S, while the 5.5 inch screen is on par with the Samsung’s Galaxy Note “phablet”. You can compare sizes of the existing iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 (4.7 inch), and iPhone 6 (5.5 inch) by directing your attention to the article header image (source: Ciccarese Design).
Apple has lagged behind competitors with regard to screen size, with Apple’s first major bump in size appearing with the iPhone 5. However, Apple clearly recognizes that a significant portion of customers prefer to trade in single-hand usability for a much larger screen size, and as such is set to meet their customers demands. Of course, plenty of customers do prefer a smaller device, so I think it’s a brilliant strategy for Apple to produce two different sized iPhone 6 products, even if the production costs are higher than producing one new iPhone.
According to other reports, Apple’s new iPhone 6 should have a vastly increased battery capacity. The iPhone 6 is reported to have 2100 mAh battery capacity, a full 46% increase from the iPhone 5 series, though still 700 mAh fewer than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Samsung has recently been promoting the Galaxy S5’s superior battery life in a series of television advertisements. Even so, Apple fans have to be pleased with the increased battery capacity.