iPhone 6, iPhone 5S to be Released Next Year With 4.5-inch Screen

Apple will launch a successor to the iPhone 5 next year that will feature a larger display and lower price tag.

The Japanese blog Macotakara is reporting that the company originally planned to release this low-cost iPhone this year, but decided to push it back. The report also stated that the smartphone will feature a polycarbonate body similar to the older plastic MacBook and its price will be $330 without a contract.

The blog also claims that this new iPhone will have a 4.5-inch display. This is not the first time that has been reported as DigiTimes said last month that the company would launch a low-cost version of the device with a larger display.

Macotakara also said the plastic iPhone with a bigger screen will be thicker than the iPhone 5 due to the material being used to create it. The blog also had some new information on the iPhone 5S stating that it will launch later this year and that it will use a dual-LED flash system for the rear camera.

Macotakara is somewhat reliable as the blog accurately predicted the new designs for the iPod Nano and iPod Touch last year. However, the blog was incorrect when reporting that the iPod Nano would add Wi-Fi capabilities to support iTunes in the cloud.

Various tech outlets have been reporting that Apple will release both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 in 2013. Apple normally launches just one smartphone per year, so this strategy would not line up with its past.

However, the company broke the mold last year when it decided to launch two different versions of the iPad only six months apart.