There have been a lot of rumors in the past few weeks regarding the next generation of iPhone. The belief is that Apple is making a larger screen smartphone measuring 4.7 inches. There have been a number of supposed leaked images and purported specification descriptions of the large handset. However today, rumors from the supply chain are claiming Apple is making an even larger “phablet” and have given the new device a name, the iPhone Air.
According to Chinese language site China.com, unnamed sources in the supply chain have reported that Apple will start selling the next generation of iPhone on Sept. 25 after a Sept. 15 product event.
Additionally, sources are claiming that, in addition to a 4.7-inch iPhone, Apple is already in production of a 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid (phablet). This larger screen smartphone is purportedly named the iPhone Air.
Supposedly, Apple’s partner carriers overseas, China Mobile and China Unicom, are already testing the prototype on the country’s 4G networks.
Speculation regarding Apple’s marketing of the device assumes that the 16GB iPhone Air will be priced at $965 and will have a few additional features to make it special, like optical image stabilization and higher storage capacity.
It is highly unlikely that this rumor is true. Apple may be in the market to release a number of new products throughout 2015, but a 5.5-inch phone doesn’t make sense for the company’s most popular line, especially when the rumor is that it will be launched alongside a 4.7-inch smartphone. If the sources were claiming that Apple was making a 5.5-inch iPod touch, I might consider believing it.