Apple rumored to release larger 4.8-inch iPhone 6 in September

iPhone 5S FrontWe’ve been hearing an awful lot about larger iPhones in the rumor mill lately, and the latest speculation claims that Apple will in fact release a new iPhone with a 4.8-inch display this September. Those details come from Wall Street analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, in a recent note to investors… 

According to Arcuri, much of the design for the so-called “iPhone 6″ has been finalized. In addition to the larger screen size, the next-generation smartphone is expected to adopt the faster 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi. The flagship iPhone 5s is limited to 802.11n Wi-Fi connections. The analyst also expects big things from the next major iOS version.

Aside from hardware tweaks and design changes, Arcuri also said that Apple is planning “key software innovations” with the next major release of its iOS platform. He expects the company will leverage iBeacon, Touch ID and Passbook as part of a push into new services with mobile payments.

Arcuri speculates that the iPhone 5s was merely a gateway for technologies like Touch ID and the 64-bit Apple A7 chip, and he expects that it will allow for Apple to release new services that one-up its competition. The smartphone is rumored for a Fall release, likely in September, although June is reportedly “not out of the question.”

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