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The next iPhone, which is being called the iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 (but not the iPhone 5Six), is slated to come in June 2013 in a range of colours – and with a bigger screen size, creating Apple’s own fab phablet?

Apple’s iPhone 5 is but a few months old, but already the rumours are flying thick and fast over what we might expect to see with Apple’s next new iPhone.

Already we’ve seen reports (as reported here at iTWire) of iPhone 6 and iOS 7 in supposed testing, but server logs aren’t able to tell you what colour the device in question is sporting.

Now, however, come new reports of coloured iPhones to come this year, along with an ever larger screen size than was delivered with the iPhone 5, which could see iPhones delivered in the three screen sizes 3.5-inches, 4-inches and something obviously larger – 4.5-inches or your best guess as to what Apple will do to avoid massive fragmentation and massive developer reprogramming issues.

The latest report comes via Business Insider quoting Topeka Capital analyst Brian White, who says: “We believe this is about to change with the next iPhone offering different screen sizes that we believe will allow Apple to better bifurcate the market and expand its reach”.

This multi-pronged strategy has obviously worked for companies like Samsung, which have ten trillion versions of different Android phones, which is something Android makers had to do initially to fight back against the single-sized pre-iPhone 5 models.

The man with a colourful name, Mr White, also thinks that Apple’s days of offering iPhones in either black or white only might soon come to an end.

There’s no mention of it in Business Insider’s report or that from Mr White, but given Michael Jackson’s refrain that “it don’t matter if you’re black or white”, it may well be the right time for coloured iPhones and even iPads to come – especially given the range of colours that various iPods have arrived in over the years.

Then there’s Mr White’s claim that we should see this mysteriously colourful and enlarged new iPhone sometime between May and June of this year, which if true, would actually put the next iPhone on a release timeframe similar to when we originally expected new iPhones to appear.

May or June even allows six months to pass to get us to October or November for 2013’s second predicted new iPhone to appear – if this twice-a-year new iPhone release rumour has any validity to it, something few truly expected to happen with 2012’s two new iPad launches (not including the iPad mini).

The same timeframe makes us also wonder whether the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 might appear at the same timeframe, let alone any 6th-gen iPod Touch models, giving Apple a full sweep of new iDevices to sell from mid-year onwards.

As Business Insider states, however, there’s a risk for Apple – that of too many screen sizes for developers to cope with, not that developers have truly had any issues in adjusting to the larger screen size of the iPhone 5.

So… if you’re still looking to buy a new iPhone 5 to replace your older iModel, now’s the best time to buy it, giving you five or six months before the iPhone 5 becomes the iPhone old, sweeping away the iPhone 4 and leaving only the iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S/6 as the range on sale.

Otherwise just hold on tight, because the next iPhone – whatever its number, size or colour – is getting that much closer, and whether the next iPhone’s a phablet or not, chances are high that it’ll be fab, however it ends up looking!


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.