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Apple postponing iPhone 5S launch due to last minute redesign?

Apple fans might have to wait even longer to get their hands on the iPhone 5S.

According to a Bloomberg report, which cited a story from Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple may push back the launch of its next-generation iPhone, after the design was changed to feature a larger 4.3in Retina display.

The Commercial Times' sources claim Cupertino was originally planning to release the iPhone 5S in September or October, but could now delay the phone's introduction until the end of the year.

We should, however, take this rumour with a pinch of salt. As the Apple-focused blog MacRumors pointed out, the claim is unlikely to be true, given that Apple almost unquestionably finalised the iPhone 5S design months ago.

The story also contradicts predictions this week from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, who reported that Apple is gearing up to begin production on the iPhone 5S later this month with the goal of releasing it in late September or early October. According to Misek, the iPhone 5S will include "mostly incremental feature upgrades," just like the iPhone 4S had a similar design to the iPhone 4.

On the topic of screen size, Apple Chief Tim Cook recently acknowledged that some people want larger screens, but said many so-called phablets on the market sacrifice resolution, colour quality and other features for their massive displays.

"We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist," Cook said. "My view continues to be that the iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry."

For four years, the iPhone display remained at 3.5in, even as the 4.8in Galaxy S3 and the 5in Galaxy Note hit the market. Last year, the iPhone 5 got slightly bigger at 4in, but compared to other devices like the 5in Galaxy S4 and the 4.7in HTC One, the iPhone 5 is positively tiny.