The increasing level of hype surrounding Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) expected release of two new larger-screen iPhone models is gearing up to make the iPhone 6 launch one of the most anticipated product debuts in the Cupertino-based company’s history. According to rumors reported by multiple media outlets, the iPhone 6 will be available in a 4.7-inch screen size and a 5.5-inch screen size. Apple’s current flagship iPhone 5S only has a 4-inch screen and many industry watchers are predicting that the introduction of two larger-screen models will drive an unprecedented spike in upgrades.
Prominent analysts such as Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty have predicted that the upcoming iPhone 6 launch could be the biggest in Apple’s history. According to Huberty’s supply chain sources, sales for the iPhone 6 are expected to be 20 percent higher than last year’s iPhone 5S launch, reports Apple Insider. Although the larger of the two iPhone 6 models is expected to come with a $100 premium, a consumer survey recently conducted by Raymond James suggested that many iPhone users are willing to pay extra money for a 5.5-inch iPhone, reports MarketWatch.
Adding to the iPhone 6 hype is a relative dearth of component leaks compared to last year, when multiple leaked images of casings and other components emerged before the release of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Most of the leaks that have surfaced this year have concerned the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model. However, in lieu of the genuine iPhone components that he was able to obtain last year, well-connected Apple researcher Sonny Dickson recently posted images of what appears to be mock-ups of the two rumored iPhone 6 models. Although it is not likely that these images depict actual working iPhones, the dimensions and design elements of the models are based on previously leaked renderings and other information.