Do you ever look back at old photos or episodes of Friends and laugh because mobile phones were just so BIG in the Nineties? And then look down at the smartphone in your hand and realise that irony is indeed alive and well? The trend for a return to larger phones has been on the rise for some time now and, if analyst Glen Yeung from Citi Research is correct, things are only going to get bigger.
Of course, the modern phone is a whole lot more high tech and, frankly, a lot better looking than the fondly remembered “brick” of the past. Reporting to investors last week about Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 6, Yeung, from Citi Research, predicts the new phone will have a 4.8” screen – a whole .8” bigger than the current model. In addition to increased screen size, unrelated sources are rumouring the iPhone 6 to have 3D capability and the same retina display technology as Apple’s iPad.
Speaking of iPads, Yeung is predicting three new models coming soon, with an improved full size iPad expecting to drop in September. Two new variants of the iPad Mini are expected late this year or early 2014. The new Minis are anticipated to be cheaper than the current model, with pricing aimed at a similar market to Google’s Nexus and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Can’t wait for the iPhone 6 or the new iPads for a new slice of Apple tech? Fortunately you don’t have to. Although production of the new iPhone 5S ”has been delayed by two to four weeks” according to Yeung. This puts a question mark over its rumoured September launch. Right now the phone is still expected in the Autumn.
Makes your tiny Noughties clamshell phone look kind of silly now, doesn’t it?