Even though the iPhone 5s remains very much mid-launch on the count of the fact that Apple is still struggling to ship the numbers to meet the rampant demand, talk has already begun of the next-gen Cupertino handset, and ETNews has cited those oh-so familiar industry sources in suggesting that the device will indeed pack a 5-inch display, which is much more in-keeping with current market trends. The report also goes on to shed some light on the heavily rumored iWatch, which, according to the report, will feature a flexible OLED display.
While many smartphone vendors are regularly churning out devices with 5-inch+ and even 6-inch+ displays, Apple has remained blindly faithful to the notion that the consumer prefers a panel that can be held and navigated comfortably with one hand. Indeed, the 3.5-inch display of the original iPhone remained of that diameter right up until last year’s iPhone 5, and while the slight bump up to four inches has given iPhone users a little more display real estate, even the iPhone 5s and 5c cut a rather feeble figure up against some of the industry’s real monsters.
Of course, it’s not the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple taking the display size up a notch, since The Wall Street Journal also recently presented the idea that Apple was toying with the notion of a display in the region of 5-6 inches. If Apple does decide to take things up a gear or two, however, you do get the impression that one of the 4-inch models, perhaps the iPhone 5c, will be sticking around for quite a while alongside, so Apple can gauge just how much the consumer is looking for an iOS experience on an Android-sized device.
ETNews also reiterates the now all-but confirmed point that the full-size iPad will be taking on a similar form factor to the iPad mini when it takes its bow next month, but, perhaps more intriguingly, the report also notes that Apple is plotting a 12.9-inch iPad to be released at some point in 2014.
Finally, the so-called iWatch will apparently feature a flexible OLED display from LG, and although it’s hard to tell just how much truth their is in any of these claims, they are all most certainly plausible.
What do you think, will Apple really come through with an even larger iPad? And may we finally see the enigmatic iWatch at some point next year? Do leave your comments below!