At Tuesday’s quarterly earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook was coy with regards to the possibility of an iPhone 6 with a 4.5-inch screen or larger, one many have mooted due to the success and/or hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and other similar devices.
Cook was also mum on what Apple’s “surprises” are for late 2013 and the whole of 2014, but some are speculating that Apple may still be able to unveil the iPhone 5S, the second-generation iPad mini and the fifth-generation iPad later on in 2013.
As far as the large-screened iPhone 6 is concerned, Cook simply said that Apple isn’t ready at this point to release such a device. He underscored the strengths of the current iPhone 5 and its 4-inch Retina Display screen, which include factors such as resolution, color quality, power consumption and app compatibility, strengths many consumers still value despite the ongoing trend towards large-screened, high-resolution smartphones. Interestingly, Cook added that other competitors had made tradeoffs in several of the above mentioned factors, in order to come up with a large-screen device; he said that Apple will only release an iPhone with a large display once such tradeoffs are no longer necessary.
Despite Cook gravitating towards the possibility of a foreseeable future without a large-screened “iPhone 6”, all is not lost for such a device. Cook, after all, had suggested that it isn’t impossible that Apple would release a large-screen iPhone, provided the above tradeoffs don’t need to be made anymore. Who knows, maybe that could happen as early as next year, but as far as this year is concerned, chances look slim of Apple releasing a jumbo-sized iPhone to compete with other big names and their similarly big devices.Tweet