iPhone 6: Release Date Said Not to Come Until After New Apple ‘Phablet’ Debuts

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There’s been a lot of talk since the debut of two new iPhones for the first time in September that Apple will follow that up with two different-sized phones this year. And if a new report turns out to be correct, we won’t have to wait until fall to get the larger one.

The new phablet(s), a designation generally given to smartphones with screens larger than five inches, will be unveiled as a separate product line not part of the iPhone 6 release in May, according to a Chinese publication.

Korea’s ET News reported that the iPhone 6 what we consider to be the traditional follow-up to last year’s iPhone 5s and 5c will make its debut in September. Look for it to be thinner than the 5s, BGR noted. Tying these two reports together, the Korean source claims that Apple plans to drop the price of the 5s to $100 only makes sense that it would be in conjunction with the phablet release.

Keep in mind that a whole lot of iPhone rumors and reports turn out to be wrong but there’s a good chance there’s at least a speck of truth to some of this. Apple first increased the size of its iPhone from 3.3 inches to four inches in 2012. There’s certainly still a market for a phone that size, but with Samsung and other Apple rivals offering a bevy of handsets with five-inch screens and larger, one can only imagine that the Silicon Valley giant would feel the need to offer a larger smartphone.

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