“Can’t innovate my ass,” said Phil Schiller, introducing the Mac Pro at WWDC on Monday night. Defensive much?
Continuing the, er, innovation theme, Apple is said to be considering multiple larger iPhones, and as many as six different colours for the much-discussed budget iPhone, the latter costing just $99.
Starting with the larger iPhones (yes, that’s iPhones plural), sources tell Reuters that Apple is considering “at least two” bigger models, one at 4.7in and a second at 5.7in.
However, Apple reportedly toys with specifications till the eleventh hour, and as such it’s not clear if either of those models will see the light of day, which would realistically be next year.
Tim Cook recently dismissed the phablet on account of display-related “trade-offs”, but there’s a growing trend for devices with massive displays. The flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z both have 5in displays, while various other phones are bursting through the 6in barrier.
And let's not forget that Apple was openly opposed to devices larger than phones but smaller than 10in tablets... until the iPad mini arrived, in response to pressure from the successful Amazon Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7.
As for the budget iPhone, we’re told that it’ll cost $99. Presumably that’s carrier subsidised, like the iPhone 4S.
The notion of the budget iPhone coming in various colours is wheeled out again, too. The fifth gen iPod touch is available in six colours, namely black, silver, pinkish, yellow, blue and red. Check ‘em out here.