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iPhone 6 predicted to have larger, 4.8-inch screen

Oct. 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The next version of Apple's iPhone will include a larger display, taking it to 4.8 inches from the current iPhone 5S's 4 inches, a U.S. analyst predicts.

Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, in a note to investors, said Apple suppliers in Asia have told him to expect a larger display on the iPhone 6.

Apple finds itself behind the curve on phone display size, as around 50 percent of smartphones shipped last quarter had screens larger than 4 inches, CNET reported Monday.

That compares with just 20 percent a year earlier.

Apple has lost market share to Android phones sporting ever larger screens, up to 5 and 6 inches.

Misek said he thought the iPhone 6 could have even more success than the iPhone 5S/5C.

"We think the 85 million iPhones eligible for an upgrade when the iPhone 6 launches (we think Apple is targeting September 2014) could be boosted by another 5 million to 10 million from people who skipped the 5S/5C cycle," Misek wrote.

The iPhone 5's 4-inch screen was the first increase from the original iPhone display size of 3.5 inches.

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