back to article 'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

The days of 2014 haven’t even clocked up double figures yet and already the iPhone 6 rumour mill is grinding out more purported sightings of Apple’s next iOS handset design. This time we get to gaze upon blurry metal chassis images, apparently courtesy of Chinese site CTech, (C科技). Yet following this supposed leak, all and …

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  1. william 10

    Yep - it does't look cool to take calls, but if it came with a cool stereo Bluetooth headset all with Qi charging and a mat then it would still look cool when your on the phone.

    1. JeffyPoooh Silver badge
      Pint

      Make calls?

      You mean Voice calls? LOL - so 2003. My even-cooler-than-me teenage son doesn't even have any voice calling included on his cheep-as-chips PAYG plan. SMS and a wee bit of data is all. I make hardly any voice calls at all, and those few are just to find my wee feisty wife hiding behind the clothes racks at the mall. Voice calls - puh.

    2. John 104

      @william 10

      if it "came with" ???

      Since when does the fruity firm GIVE anything away? If it was indeed an apple i device, and did make it to market as a phab, you can bet your ass that the base unit will allow hand held calls, and an official, white BT adapter will be available for 3 times the market price of other BT headsets...

      1. td97402

        Re: @william 10

        Once again, a snarky comment by some fanboi that needs to justify his product choice, good or bad, by running down the competition.

        I own devices from all three major mobile OS concerns, Google, Microsoft and Apple. Seems to me that none of them give you much extra when you buy the product. Accessories that not everyone wants would only add to the cost.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Nuff said.

  2. Robert Ramsay

    that's what the iWatch is going to be for!

    1. Halfmad

      Or..

      iWatchUpee

      If it's got a camera.

  3. jai

    highly dubious

    Weren't these already disproved yesterday? All the features on these photos resemble the pre-iPhone5 design.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/01/08/iphone-6-frame-photos/

    - The part appears to be a midframe such as that found in earlier iPhone models, allowing components to be attached to both sides of the part before being enclosed in the device's shell. Apple did away with midframe components as of the iPhone 5, opting for a unibody rear shell design that allows components to be mounted directly to the shell, yielding a thinner design. A return to a design requiring a midframe part would seem unlikely given Apple's emphasis on thinness.

    - The frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device, matching the position seen on the iPod touch since its launch and allowing the headphone cable to naturally fall so as to not interfere with viewing of the device's screen. Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible.

    In the face of those apparent inconsistencies with Apple's design direction, there is essentially no evidence in favor of this part being from an iPhone, leaving only the original poster's claim as support. The part is rather unremarkable with what appears to be fairly poor finish quality, meaning that it could be from one of any number of devices in the Asian supply chain.

    1. Evoflash
      Coat

      Re: highly dubious

      The pasted article relies on Apple having consistent design direction to disprove the validity of the photo.

      I don't think they have consistent design direction.

      1. jai

        Re: highly dubious

        I don't think they have consistent design direction.

        but the point about the lightening connector makes sense, no?

        they moved the headphone jack to the bottom because there is space there - it also means, if you put the phone in your trouser pocket while listening on head/earphones, the phone is upside down in your pocket - so when you reach in to take it out and look at it, it is the right way up in your hand.

        that's the kind of weird attention to detail that Apple love. would seem odd for them to abandon in within one design iteration, no?

        1. cambsukguy

          Re: highly dubious

          Except when you have it in your jacket pocket or shirt pocket or strapped to your arm when jogging or in a rear pocket when riding a bike, it is the wrong way up.

          So, always wrong for someone or sometimes, or they need to have a socket at each end.

          There is no 'right' end of the phone for the jack.

          A wireless headset fixes this problem entirely for me.

          1. Raumkraut

            Re: highly dubious

            > Except when you have it in your jacket pocket or shirt pocket or strapped to your arm when jogging or in a rear pocket when riding a bike, it is the wrong way up.

            Who gives a monkeys which way up it is, when it's in your pocket and nobody can see the screen anyway?

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: highly dubious

              When I'm running and I have it strapped to my arm it makes quite a difference which way up it is...

        2. Immenseness
          Pint

          Re: highly dubious

          "but the point about the lightening connector makes sense, no?"

          For some reason I read that as "but the point about the lightning conductor makes sense, no?" which threw me for a minute.

          Must be lack of beer, beers all round, cheers everyone!

          1. ThomH Silver badge

            Re: highly dubious (@Immenseness)

            I heard that if you can give it 1.21 gigawatts then it can go almost three full days without needing to be plugged back in. It's Apple's version of wireless charging.

    2. `TSeng

      Re: highly dubious

      Agreed.

      Headphone jack back the the top?

      I don't think so.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: highly dubious

      Why has it come out of China too?

      Don't they do their R&D at home in the USA??

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: highly dubious

        Prototyping of the concept would be done in the USA, but the fine-tuning of the production processes is done in China - where the production lines are. Anyway, it's a moot point, cos it isn't an Apple device.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whatever!

    Too many non-news items on here these days.

    How about a section dedicated to industry rumours, because rumurs (whilst sometimes interesting) aren't real news (IMO)!

    Also, we can expect more of these fake product leaks, thanks to decreasing 3D printing costs.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Whatever!

      >Also, we can expect more of these fake product leaks, thanks to decreasing 3D printing costs.

      Even when they are clearly CNC machined?

  5. RainForestGuppy

    Copy, Copy, Copy.

    Why don't they just call it the iNote.

    Apple Innovation died with Steve Jobs

  6. The Man Himself Silver badge
    Megaphone

    Phablet calling

    While most of us would feel that we'd look a bit daft holding a phablet-like device to our ear to make a call, I reckon the fanbois will lap this up....another way to draw attention to themselves and the fact that they have the latest iDevice.

    [ fact - based on professional experience in this area - the iPhone has the biggest ratio of perceived market presence to actual market presence. Android, BB, etc, users have a "smartphone" and say things like "I need to make a call" or "I'll look that up on my phone".....Apple fanbois have "and iPhone" and say "I'll need to make a call on my iPhone" or "I'll get my iPhone and look that up". Consequently, there's a perception that there are a lot more iPhone users out there than there actually are, just because they keep banging on about the iPhone so much, whereas users of other platforms just get on with it ]

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Phablet calling

      fact - based on [my] experience

      I'm not sure that that is actually the definition of the word "fact"?

      1. Rob
        Alert

        Re: Phablet calling

        Your edging towards philosophical now, the OP knows it to be true based on their experience, so in essence it is a fact to them, might not be to anyone else, bu they can still call it a fact as they perceive it.

        1. Fink-Nottle

          Re: Phablet calling

          > the OP knows it to be true based on their experience, so in essence it is a fact to them

          Truthiness is a quality characterizing a "truth" that a person making an argument or assertion claims to know intuitively "from the gut" or because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.

      2. The Man Himself Silver badge
        Boffin

        Re: Phablet calling

        I meant "fact" as in I have seen figures based on actual research carried out by professional/specialist research companies, as opposed to some biased personal opinion that I'd just pulled out of my arse

    2. Vince

      Re: Phablet calling

      ...what he said.

      I* device users seem to have an obsession with telling you what device it is. It's a weird phenomenon but does seem to be the case in my experience.

      1. Malcolm Weir Silver badge

        Re: Phablet calling

        I don't see this as a I* device _user-based_ phenomenon, but rather an example of some extremely good marketing by Apple: iPhone (and iPad, and iPod) are all extremely good monikers for the device, better than "smartphone" ("tablet", "MP3 player").

        This should come as no surprise, because by and large Apple's strength is in "technical marketing", rather than true pure innovation: to paraphrase BASF, they didn't invent the mouse/MP3 player/smartphone/tablet/whatever, they packaged up a bunch of existing stuff (and did very well), and then SOLD it to consumers.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Phablet calling

        I respectfully disagree. I may be a part of a small minority who never ever did that, but the claim that idevice users being obsessed with telling people what devices they have can be easily applied to Samsung Galaxy owners, just to give an example. I've heard my friend say, "Let me see that video on my Galaxy". Which kind of puzzled me because, why don't you just say "my phone"? Seriously, I think I've not come across any apple or droid users addressing their phones as "my iphone" or "my droid".

    3. cambsukguy

      Re: Phablet calling

      Makes it very annoying to read otherwise entertaining novels (I am looking at you Patricia Cornwell) that constantly say "I sent a quick email using my iPhone". The context invariably means she doesn't need to say how she sent the damn email. It particularly doesn't need to use 'iPhone' as one says 'Hoover', it hasn't earned that right and never will.

      Just off to Philishave...

      1. The Man Himself Silver badge

        Re: Phablet calling

        iProduct placement?

      2. Charles Manning

        Re: Phablet calling

        "I sent a quick email using my iPhone"

        It's called creative writing... Lots of detail, even if irrelevant, helps paint a more vivid mental picture.

        The assasin drove up slowly in the black Audi, its tyres crunching the gravel..." Black, Audi and crunching gravel sound are all irrelevant.

  7. Don Dumb

    I don't care what it looks like

    Will it have more than 64Gb of storage?

    I'm using a (now) suffering 64Gb. I also use my phone as my ipod and if they released a phone one with at least 80Gb then I wouldn't have to downgrade all of my music just to get it onto the phone*. Not usually a problem but syncing has become really flaky lately, I have to resync the whole phone generally once a month. It takes all night as the music files get re-encoded before being sent to the phone.

    I know this is more a problem with iTunes 11, iOS7 and crapy syncing with the iPhone but I'd still rather just have a phone big enough to store everything. I'm happy with sticking to iPhones, although I see little need to upgrade at the moment. In any case Android seem to be keeping the rivals I might consider (Nexus) with limited storage as they'd rather have people use the cloud for everything but in the real world we move around where bandwidth and effective bandwidth rarely enable such activities.

    And while we are at it get rid of that connector - either 30pin (the one everyone has a dock for) or the proper standard micro-USB.

    * - The reason is that I keep all my music (ripped from CDs) in lossless, not because I think I can hear the difference between that and 192Kbps but because I don't see any reason to rip CDs into lossy formats. Disc space isn't a premium so why choose a lower quality format for the source? I'd rather have the equipment limit the sound quality rather than the data itself and I don't have to worry about reencoding, with lossless I have a music collection that I can keep forever without re-ripping and re-encoding fine if needs be.

    1. Your Majesty

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      Funny when you mention that disk space isn't a premium while complaining that you are suffering from 64Gb.

      1. Don Dumb

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        Funny when you mention that disk space isn't a premium while complaining that you are suffering from 64Gb.

        Yes, I did think that when writing but hoped people would understand I meant that hard disc space (computers and stuff) doesn't have a storage premium but storage on the phone is very limited. It is also why I don't fully understand why phones have not increased in capacity much over the last few years, I would have thought it would be a simple headline improvement for manufacturers in competition.

      2. Anonymous Cow Herd

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        At the risk of upsetting Your Majesty I'd argue there's nothing 'funny' about The Don's situation. Perfectly acceptable to comment that disk space isn't a premium if you rip your CDs into a library stored on a PC/Mac with its gig upon gig of disk space and then sync to a device with 64GB of non-disk-based storage.

    2. `TSeng

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      You are the reason for the downfall of society.

      1. Don Dumb

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        You are the reason for the downfall of society

        What gave it away?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      "In any case Android seem to be keeping the rivals I might consider (Nexus) with limited storage"

      Not quite. Some Android devices do have a micro SD slot, you know. They come with quite astonishing capacity these days, considering how tiny they are, and you can remove/replace it, if it's still not enough. Of course, Apple lovers wouldn't know about it, because they have been limited to what Apple gave them for a long time. :P

      1. Don Dumb
        Holmes

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        Not quite. Some Android devices do have a micro SD slot, you know.

        I know some Androids come with SD slots, but I did qualify my point by saying those 'I might consider', the Nexus line in particular don't. I would mainly consider jumping from an iPhone to a Nexus phone but they have very limited storage.

        The fact that SD cards (and almost every other storage medium) store so much is why I'm perplexed that phones have stopped increasing in capacity.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: I don't care what it looks like

          "The fact that SD cards (and almost every other storage medium) store so much is why I'm perplexed that phones have stopped increasing in capacity."

          The flash storage on phones is more like an SSD than the slow, fragile flash you get on SD cards. Different design, manufacturing processes, etc. Notice that the price per GB of SSDs has not fallen at nearly the same rate as SD cards. The original base model iPhone came with 4GB of flash. The current base model has 16GB. That's four times as much for the same price in just 6 years, roughly in line with the drop in SSD prices, or actually probably a little better.

          As for storing all your audio on your phone, I think that's kind of an arbitrary goal, that you're only concerned with since current technology almost makes that possible/convenient. Flash forward 20 years and people with your mindset will instead be complaining that they can't store their entire movie collections on their phones--you might think such a complaint is ridiculous but I think it's pretty analogous. How about you just be happy with what you ARE able to store conveniently?

          Also, iOS users aren't limited to iTunes to play music. Amazon has an excellent music app and service that lets you stream your entire music collection from the cloud no problem, and caches a user-configurable amount of it locally if you are concerned about using your "data minutes."

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      Your title is a lie, you do care what it looks like, 'cause if it looked like a big 9inch black ribbed knobbler you won't get it out of your pocket to put to your ear to make a call :-P

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        @Anon Coward: 12:23

        Plus one for the Dimension Jump quote! (well close enough to it anyway!)

    5. Gerhard den Hollander

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      I'm lost ... you say the music is being reencoded every time you have to sync the phone ?

      Then why not just reencode to VBR-mp3s and leave the lossless items on your harddrive ?

      1. Don Dumb

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        Usually I don't but basically every few weeks (after iOS7 of course) the sync messes up losing the music on the phone and I have to then resync the music onto the phone. This means a reenode (which iTunes does automatically) as the files are passed from computer to phone and this takes ages. I have thought of trying to have different collections but I ultimately just want simplicity. Music stored in one form and synced to the phone. My gripe is that the max storage in iPhones has plateaued since the 4S, an increase in storage would make life just a little bit simpler.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      @Don Dumb

      What you need is a thing called a "hard drive". They come in varying shapes and sizes.

      I get the whole "i've made a backup of my music collection" I really do, but why on earth would you want to carry every single bit and byte of it around with you everywhere?

      At what point are you in a situation where 5,10,20 or even 30 gigs of music in your pocket has been insufficient?

      It's like buying a motorbike the bitching that there's no room for the wife, kids and golf clubs.

      If this is your only form of backing this data up then that's foolish. Phones can be pretty fragile beasts, but lets assume you're not a simpleton and you have them on another hard drive then it's back to my original question;

      Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?

      1. Don Dumb
        FAIL

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        @DijitulSupport- What the hell are you on about?

        "I get the whole "i've made a backup of my music collection" I really do"

        No you don't because that isn't what I'm doing, it is nothing to do with backup, where did you even get that idea? I have my music originally stored on my computer and also wish it to be listened to where I am, hence on my phone. Why would you even think I'm talking about backup when I said nothing of the sort.

        Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?

        Firstly I didn't say it was a primary concern but why wouldn't storage be a factor with a *smart*phone (aka computer phone). If you were just making calls with your phone, you wouldn't need a smartphone at all. I happen to want the same music I own on my phone as it doubles as my iPod.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        > Why on earth would you see "being able to carry over XXGb of music" ever be the primary concern when buying a smartphone?

        Possibly because he is demonstrating the point made by ' The Man Himself' above. The most important aspect about owning a phone is 'street cred'. Being able, not only to say "I have an iPhone", but also "I have more music than the rest of you put together" is vital in his social clique (The Cult of Jobs).

        1. Hilibnist
          Meh

          Re: I don't care what it looks like

          Or perhaps because I have better ways to spend my time than trying to predict which music I might want to listen to in the next week/month/whenever. It probably doesn't matter whether you copy a subset to an iPhone, or to a memory card, it'd just be convenient to fit the whole lot in one and not have to spend time choosing.

          1. noominy.noom

            Re: I don't care what it looks like

            Agree with Hilibnist. The man clearly stated simplicity was desired. If the storage were a bit more then the whole sync process becomes quick and simple. I share the sentiment.

        2. Frank Bough

          Re: I don't care what it looks like

          Just fuck off. The breadth of your ignorance is matched only by your ludicrous self-regard.

      3. Frank Bough

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        I too carry my entire collection of music on my iPhone. That's around 150GB as Apple lossless on my PC and around 35GB as AAC on my phone. I really want a 128GB or even larger capacity on my phone, and specifically did not upgrade to th e5S for this very reason.

        1. Don Dumb
          Happy

          Re: I don't care what it looks like

          @Frank Bough - Thanks, I was beginning to think that it was only me. I haven't upgraded from my 4S for the same reasons as you but apparently that makes us responsible for the downfall of society.

    7. cambsukguy

      Re: I don't care what it looks like

      Is your lossless FLAC?, if not, you have a solution.

      Btw, iPhones have lousy audio stages, as do iPods (and other phones).

      The fact is that your audio equipment is not good enough to warrant lossless storage. The dynamic range is too low and the quality of the amplification is too poor - they spend a tiny amount of the BOM on that stuff.

      You may well be able to get a better result if you use Bluetooth A2DP, using a high data rate to a very expensive pair of headphones with very expensive audio stages.

      This all presumes you actually have the listening equipment) able to tell and/or you have a graphic equaliser on your phone to help out your useless ears - mine does, for wired headsets at least.

      I couldn't help laughing when a colleague bemoaned the storage on his HTC (of some previous non-Beats vintage) because FLAC took up too much space (so he simply selected subsets of his music). When I mentioned the above issues with the audio stages and the mismatch (both impedance and audio quality wise) with his expensive Sennheiser headphones, his response was that he needed to start out with the highest quality to get the best possible output.

      I have a high confidence that testing, say, 320kps MP3 against FLAC would not have been discernible on that equipment with those ears.

      1. Don Dumb
        Stop

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        @cambsukguy - I don't think you bothered to fully read my comment.

        I know I can't hear the difference between lossless (in this case Apple Lossless) and a decent lossy bitrate, especially when played back through a phone. The lossless music on my computer is reencoded to a lossy bitrate (by iTunes) when synced to my phone. I'd just rather have a bit more storage and not even bother needing to convert, just have everything in lossless and keep it simple.

      2. DrBobK

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        I have a vague recollection that at least one oldish iphone or ipod was rated relatively highly by the people on HeadFi (headphone audiophile obsessives). Not newer ones though. I have a FiiO portable headphone amp/DAC thing which I often attach to an iPhone 3GS - the difference between lossless and AAC is very noticeable through the headphone amp but close to undetectable using the phone output (with Sennheiser HD25 headphones).

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        "Btw, iPhones have lousy audio stages, as do iPods (and other phones)."

        I don't know what you mean by audio stage but I assume you mean its DAC. In fact, iPhones have excellent audio hardware. In fact, better than a lot of dedicated audio hardware:

        http://www.kenrockwell.com/apple/iphone-5/audio-quality.htm

        I know how cool and trendy it is to slag off Apple kit but the fact is that a lot of their stuff is really excellent.

      4. Frank Bough

        Re: I don't care what it looks like

        Why not try it instead of bullshitting. Audio hubs used in current high-end phones have excellent performance, you can easily distinguish compressed from uncompressed through appropriate earphones.

        So much shit talked on the reg these days...

  8. WinHatter
    Coat

    I can't wait ...

    to see how the iPhaoStuff 6 fares against a .50 cal round.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I can't wait ...

      At least they're unlikely to miss....

    2. Haggis

      Re: I can't wait ...

      Apparently its predecessor blends OK:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAuhUTzNwiY

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just before the horse has bolted comes 'white lightening'.

    The luddite training has worked quite well but progressives are battering at the door.

    Following late as possible is good for Apple if there is enough user hang on.

    The fanboy effect created a wise marketing motto of 'I don't want never gets' .

  10. IHateWearingATie

    Samsung, not Apple

    Looks like the bones of a Galaxy Note, not the next iPhone to me

  11. Simon Harris Silver badge
    Coat

    It's a normal sized iPhone...

    ... but the person has very small hands!

    1. ratfox Silver badge
      Unhappy

      Re: It's a normal sized iPhone...

      I logged in to make that joke… Too late. Have an upvote!

    2. markd74

      Maybe he has very large hands

      And it's an Ipad

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Huge phone with even smaller SIM card?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Never thought of that... Might be time for the femtosim to make its debut

  13. deadlockvictim Silver badge

    peak apple

    Every couple of months an article will mention 'peak Apple'. It rather devalues the phrase if it needs to be re-hashed so often.

    It rather reminds me of a broken clock — it will be right twice a day.

    Eventually you will be right with 'peak Apple' and even then, you won't know until much later afterwards.

    In the meantime it's getting very tedious.

    1. Seanie Ryan

      Re: peak apple

      didn't you know thats the way of the world in the New Reg.

      Find a phrase and use it to the absolute death, and pretend its still very clever and everyone is still laughing.

      eg: fruity firm, foxconn rebrander.

      to someone who has never been on the site before it generates a chuckle, for the rest of us its like hearing the senile old man tell the same hero war story *again*

      i really miss the old days of El Reg

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: peak apple

      >Every couple of months an article will mention 'peak Apple'. It rather devalues the phrase if it needs to be re-hashed so often.

      Not really. Peak Apple was the week of Sept 17th last year - stock is now back where is was 12 months ago and the best case scenario is it will decline gradually throughout the year.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: peak apple

        "best case scenario is it will decline gradually throughout the year"

        Ahhh you must be an anal-yst then?

      2. Frank Bough

        Re: peak apple

        Stock price predictions are horseshit.

  14. David Barrett Silver badge

    Maybe its a normal sized phone and the guy just has small hands?

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I don't think this is the new iPhone. I think it's the chassis for the new iWatch, which will be a Wablet.

    1. disgruntled yank Silver badge

      Hmm

      Maybe we can jailbreak it and run Ubuntu on it--Wotten Wablet.

  16. TechicallyConfused

    not convinced

    Looks more like a Samsung chassis to me!

    1. ElReg!comments!Pierre Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: not convinced

      > Looks more like a Samsung chassis to me!

      Specifically, last year's Samsung chassis. Yep. must be the next iPhone then.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "for the Apple faithful, 2014 could herald the year when the iPhone loses its cool" whilst those who know what fashion is, know iPhone lost its cool quite some time ago and are looking for the next big thing.

    Feel for the Apple luddites. Pity usually.

    1. Frank Bough

      Do yourself a favour and don't ask them what they think of you.

  18. Big_Boomer

    Cool?

    You think an iPhone is cool? <ROTFLMBO> Maybe a few years ago, but now everyone has one. Is a Ford Focus cool? Damn fine car but not cool? iPhone is now just an overpriced quality smartphone with a user friendly interface.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Samsungs next Note, the Note 4 is said to come in normal and 'pro' versions, the later possibly having an aluminium casing...

    As for not looking 'cool' when taking a call on a 'phablet'. If looking cool is an issue to you then you have issues. I couldn't give a toss what I look like using my Note II... It's those wearing all the shades of beats headphones and their trousers around the bottom of their arse I laugh at... :)

    1. Gareth Gouldstone
      Happy

      Trousers hanging below cheek level...

      owing to over-size phablet in pocket!

      Please supply belt, braces or a Manbag with larger-sized phones...

  20. disgruntled yank Silver badge

    Phablet?

    You mean, like a really small phable?

    If told with intent to deceive, is it a phiblet?

    1. sam bo

      Re: Phablet?

      "You mean, like a really small phable?" by your reasoning, a tablet would be a small table ?

      1. DiViDeD Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: Phablet?

        "by your reasoning, a tablet would be a small table"

        Well that's what I use mine for.

        Sorry - couldn't resist.

        The one with the Bumper Book of Jokes for Boys in the pocket please

  21. Slap

    This might be my next phone

    Ok, as the title says this might be my next phone should it come to fruition.

    The reason I'm still using a 4S is that the 5 and 5s offer no real improvement in terms of screen real estate. Sure it's bigger, but it's not that much bigger and it's bigger in the wrong way, at least for my purposes.

    At the moment I'm packing a 4S in conjunction with an iPad mini. I would really like to consolidate these devices into one and if Apple is going to offer a phablet then I'm in. I already look like a prick carrying two Apple devices so I can't imagine an Apple phablet will make me look more of a prick, who cares if it does anyway.

    That said, the biggest problem could be that a phablet is a poor phone because it's not as easily pocketable, and a poor tablet as it lacks the screen size to get anything really useful done. I dunno, I'll consider my prickdom as and when such a device exists

    1. Darryl

      Re: I would really like to consolidate these devices into one

      Two words:

      Duct tape

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The latter would put Apple in the phablet league for the first time and the larger area would allow for a thinner battery, spread over a wider area.

    Thus making it possible to use even more fucking glue to stick it in.

    1. Frank Bough

      Did Phil Schiller fuck your boyfriend?

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Keep the screen small

    I really hope Apple never caves into the pressure from this echo chamber of "analysts" and internet forum posters to make their phone screens bigger. It will be a disappointing day if they do.

    I have owned iPhones and Android phones with bigger screens. I find the iPhones markedly easier to hold and use. I usually hold my phone in my left palm. The iPhone is thin enough that I can do this and still conveniently touch anywhere on the screen with my left thumb, so I can easily type with both hands, etc. My Android phones have been too wide for me to do this conveniently. I also find the smaller iPhone more comfortable to carry in my pocket, and it fits perfectly in the center console of my car.

    I don't even know what user benefit a bigger screen is supposed to give me. If I'm having trouble seeing something on my iPhone because it's too small, I move the phone closer to my eyes, and presto! It's like having a bigger screen. When I switched from Android back to iPhone, I didn't miss the bigger screens for a second. In fact, I had a strong feeling that the iPhone was more advanced, since electronics generally progress in the direction of smaller, thinner, lighter, etc.

  24. abubasim
    Trollface

    Phablet?

    What if I told you they asked a small child to hold up that back cover to make it look bigger? It's going to be yet another 4" model from Apple for 2014.

  25. EPurpl3

    Bad news iTards, you iPhone 5s has already expired :)))

  26. Tom Cooke

    Everything's an iPhone

    I visited friends overseas recently, and one them said, "Oh, I got a new iPhone." He then pulled out what was obviously a Sony Xperia. Clearly in some places, any large touchscreen phone is automatically 'an iPhone'.

    Sound of Sony's brand team weeping into their beer.....

  27. willi0000000

    size

    i think everybody missed the point concerning the photos.

    the guy holding the part just has really small hands.

  28. CaptainBlue
    FAIL

    I hope not

    A Fanboi writes:

    Jeez I hope it is faked: the 5S is about as large a phone as I want: it still fits in one of the inside pockets on my suits and also fits in my jeans pockets.

    If I want a larger screen, there's my iPad Mini. Anything larger and there's the iPad or the MacBook and any real work can be done on the iMac.

    Phablets? No: they're for those female types or the impoverished*...

    *that's a joke, BTW

  29. Philippe

    How is giving some people what they want losing its cool?

    Looking at Samsung Note 3 sales numbers (15 Millions in one quarter) versus Apple iPhone sales (34M in the September quarter before the launch of the 5S and 5C) Apple would be nuts not to release a Phablet.

    It doesn't fit everyone's requirement (I wouldn't want to carry a manbag so that I can put a phablet in it) but as long as one can still get a reasonably sized device (call it 4.3-4.7 inch) what's the problem?

    This could actually bring the Apple line up close to the 50 Millions sales in small quarters and around 65 Millions in the last quarter of the year.

    Great news if you're a bean counter.

  30. BigG

    Revelation from the East from the poorly travelled

    Coming from iPhone obsessed Hipsterville (not Eastbourne) I was really surprised to see so many chicks with big android mobiles in Singapore. One of the local owners explained to me that the females out there are addicted to Korean TV soaps which they love to watch on their mobiles on public transport, and that those discrete iPhones were no good (I guess they are subtitled or something).

    Returning to the pics, I doubt the images are genuine, but I doubt the Apple Genies would want to exclude potential iTunes customers because they failed to adapt to a different market.

    Does anyone read comments this far down?

  31. Nanners

    Yeah Right

    Believe it when I see it suckers.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Question

    If this is a prototype, would it be in china?

    I'm sure I saw a documentary where sir Johnny was standing in front of a bank of MASSIVE 3d printers knowing out prototype cases for iPads and the new (at the time) iMac - I know they don't mass produce in america, but surely the prototyping stages are done there?

    This is a genuine question - I really don't know - does anyone have an answer?

    1. Adam 1 Silver badge

      Re: Question

      > If this is a prototype, would it be in china?

      No. It would be left in a bar somewhere.

  33. JohnsonVonJohnson

    I don't think they'd stick to one size. If they offer a larger phone, they will likely have a regular phone-sized unit as well.

    Who the hell makes calls on those giant android phones?

    Likely less than 1% of mobile buyers buys one of those bricks.

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Copy copy copy....

    "all and sundry in China have slapped their own logo on these pics, so the original source isn’t exactly clear."

    Says it all really, sums up China tech very nicely.

  35. imaginarynumber

    Back in early 2007 people took the piss out of the size of my 5" HTC Athena. Most people thought it odd to want to be able to check emails or surf on a phone. Tastes change.

    If apple do release a phablet then 2014 will be the year that Apple fanbois tech editors, such as Charles Arthur at the guardian, tell us that phablets are clearly superior to tiny 4-5" phones.

  36. Sheep!
    FAIL

    Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!

    That is all.

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