A Wall Street analyst is claiming that the design for Apple's next smartphone is already locked down and that when it arrives in September it will be with a much bigger display.
As well as a hike in screen size up to 4.8 inches, the next iPhone will also boast ultra-fast Wi-Fi, just like the company's current range of desktop and notebook computers, or so says Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company.
In a note to investors published on Wednesday he cites supply chain checks as proof of his claims.
As well as a bigger screen and faster wireless Internet, Arcuri says that much of the innovation in the next handset will come from new software services that bring together Apple's Passbook (its virtual wallet for coupons, tickets and boarding passes, etc.); the Touch ID fingerprint sensor; and its new iBeacon technology, which allows retailers to interact with consumers via their smartphones and push them information and incentives when visiting a physical store.
In November, Chinese blog C Technology claimed that Apple was field testing prototype iPhones with much larger screens (up to 5 inches), and earlier in 2013, Bloomberg also claimed that Apple was trying to make the screens of its devices larger by using curved glass, so that the display's edges ran over the phone's sides.
Apart from a larger display, analysts and reporters appear to agree on one other thing -- that the next iPhone will not be unveiled until September 2014, meaning that Apple fans should prepare themselves for another nine months of rumors.