Will you jump ship if Apple doesn't announce a 5.5-inch iPhone?Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor
If nothing else, Apple rumors are persistent. Given enough time, you'll be able to hear the same report more than a few times over the course of a few months, usually so often it will be drilled into your head. Yet, at the same time you're going to hear the exact opposite report probably just as often, contradicting that original rumor in one way or another.
For the 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6/Air, the majority of talk is about release dates (if you don't include the plethora of leaks for the smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone 6), and how Apple is apparently still trying to figure out whether or not the largest iPhone model will make an appearance alongside the "smaller" version in September.
Indeed, the reports have gone back and forth quite a bit. And they just won't stop.
Even today, there has been word floating around since early this morning that suggests Apple will wait to launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 by up to a few months! In the brightest light, the one where we're only dealing with positive feelings, that means Apple could, potentially, launch the largest iPhone yet smack-dab in December.
Or, it could mean that Apple waits until the first part of 2015 to launch.
This is an interesting situation. There's a big part of me that wants to say that, beyond any shadow of a doubt Apple is going to launch both models of the iPhone 6 at the same time. Because, at the very basic level, they're still the same iPhone model, just with a bigger display on one of them. However, with rumors that Apple could shove more features into the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, the company could start marketing them differently. Just like other companies do with the ridiculous number of phones they sell every year.
In September, when Apple is believed to be announcing the new smartphone, there is now a real chance that they don't include the 5.5-inch model in those talks at all. Which means the larger iPhone will continue to be a unicorn, just a product of rumors and conjecture, for another stretch of time. And I can't help but wonder if that'll be the straw that breaks the camel's back for some consumers.
Because waiting is hard for some, and maybe even especially more so for the ones who have been waiting for Apple to use bigger displays while using their smaller devices the whole time. If Apple doesn't launch the biggest iPhone this year, or even mentions its existence, I can't help but think there are going to be people who jump ship out of frustration.
Plus, there's probably going to be a Galaxy Note 4 (or whatever they decide to call it) announced around the same time, with plenty of rumors and leaks leading up to it, and that'll certainly have a big enough display.
What about you? Have you been looking forward to the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and if Apple doesn't announce it (even if they announce the 4.7-inch model) are you going to jump ship for another platform? Which one? Let me know!