4.5-inch iPhone 5S Gearing Up For 2014 Launch

iFans who have been hankering for a bigger and cheaper iPhone from the company with the Midas touch will have to wait until 2014, if a new report is true.

According to Japanese blog Macotakara, Apple has postponed the launch of the iPhone 5S to 2014.

"Plan seems to be postponed amid a flurry of various information, and to 4.5 in. LCD model launched in 2014," notes the Macotakara report (translated).

Per the blog, the iPhone 5S will release in 2014 and sport a 4.5-inch screen, a half inch bump up from the iPhone 5. What's more, like the Nokia Lumia 920, the fabled iPhone 5S will have a polycarbonate body and not an aluminum one. While the use of polycarbonate would make the iPhone 5S thicker than the iPhone 5, sacrificing the sleek form factor, this finish would make the smartphone more sturdy and durable.

The use of the cheaper polycarbonate material would well justify the rumored modest price of $330 for the iPhone 5S.

Apple is also expected to implement changes to the dual-flash LED, which will be allegedly put it on top of the other to the right of the camera lens, according to the report. The dual-flash LED module will help counter the low-light issues.

Earlier in January, speculation was rife that the iPhone 5S would come in different screen sizes and colors. Rumors have also pointed to the smartphone packing an A7 processor, the successor to the A6X which powers the iPad 4.

With the budget-friendly iPhone 5S slated for a 2014 launch, it remains to be seen which smartphone Apple launches in 2013 as the successor for the iPhone 5. Perhaps the 4.8-inch iPhone Math?

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