We’re fairly confident what to expect from Apple later this year, specifically an iPhone 5S that’s pretty much an iPhone 5, a thinner, lighter fifth gen iPad, and an iPad mini 2 with Retina display.
Looking beyond 2013, however, there are signs that Apple might introduce a larger iPhone and – more interesting still – a larger iPad.
Time was, circa Steve Jobs, Apple thought it had the size thing nailed, with a tiny wee iPhone at 3.5in and the iPad at 9.7in. Job(s): done.
More recently, however, Samsung has come along and shown that one size does not in fact fit all, grabbing the largest individual slice of the smartphone market share pie (33.1% in Q1) with an array of devices at various sizes.
Resultantly, we met the 4in iPhone 5 in September last year, quickly followed by the 7.9in iPad mini.
Apple will inevitably introduce devices at different sizes once again, and according to sources of The Wall Street Journal, the California-based manufacturer is toying with a handful of prototypes.
Specifically, there’s an iPhone display “larger than 4 inches”, and a tablet display “measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally”.
Of course, that’s not to say those particular sizes will hit the market, but don’t be surprised to see Apple branch out in due course – despite what Tim Cooks says.