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It’s the beginning of a new year, and for tech fans, it means looking ahead and making predictions regarding what we may or may not be seeing from the market’s biggest names. Naturally, speculation pertaining the next iPhone, unofficially dubbed the iPhone 6, has been rife, and throwing in another suggestion today is Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, who has suggested, among other things, that the next Apple handset will feature a 4.8-inch display.

Not only would this comfortably make the iPhone 6 the largest, in terms of the screen, to date, and with the iPhone 5 being the only Apple smartphone to increase the display size (a paltry 0.5-inch bump in seven years of iPhone), it would be the most significant jump.

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This is, of course, provided that Arcuri’s suggestions hit the mark. But while analysts often chime in with inaccurate details, there is a genuine feeling that Apple is finally ready to push the boundaries and offer something larger to compete with the wide selection of Androids offering notably more real-estate.

Apple hasn’t changed completely under Tim Cook. The company does, after all, retain the same Jobs-like ethos of high quality build and materials, but with somewhat cheaper iPhones and smaller iPads now doing the rounds, what might have been unthinkable under the late co-founder mightn’t now be such an outlandish prospect.

Although, depending on which report you read, Apple could be planning anything from a 4.7 to a 5-inch+ model of device, it is still relatively early in the day to be making any solid claims. After all, not everybody wants a larger smartphone, and it’s more than likely that Apple will keep at least one of the current high-end models for the sake of balance.

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iPhone 6 concept

Arcuri also believes that the iPhone 6 will offer the 802.11ac, or Gigabit Wi-Fi standard. This, in layman’s terms, will offer better, speedier and more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity, and since Apple has been throwing 802.11ac into its product line since last year, don’t be surprised if the iPhone 6 is also in line to benefit from it.

So, if you’ve been enthused by the talk of a larger iPhone amid years of harboring secret envy of your Droid-loving friends, this could well be the year that changes everything, again.

(via: AppleInsider)

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