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Here's Apple's alleged 2014 roadmap: 4.7" iPhone first, 5.5" iPhone later and iWatch in two sizes

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Here's Apple's alleged 2014 roadmap: 4.7" iPhone first, 5.5" iPhone later and iWatch in two sizes

Apple’s alleged roadmap for 2014 includes a 4.7” iPhone first and then another, 5.5-inch, phablet-sized iPhone coming later in the year. A brand new iWatch is also expected to arrive in 2 different sizes, and all of that insight is coming from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo, a person with mostly good track record in regards to Apple. A disclaimer to all this is due, though. Keep in mind that 'good track record' does not mean perfect, and Kuo has also erred in the past, so keep a healthy grain of salt about all this - let's not forget that we have nothing but rumors at the moment.

With this in mind, it's clear that new iPhones and iWatch are far from everything that Apple has up its sleeve in 2014. An iPad refresh is coming up, as well as a new, lower-cost iMac, an Apple TV upgrade, and a 12” ‘ultra-slim’ MacBook and MacBook Pro.

In a research note to clients, Kuo not just mentions the allegedly upcoming products, but he also maps the launches, revealing that the new 4.7” iPhone, the iWatch and the iPad refresh should happen at the end of the third quarter, while the phablet-sized, 5.5” iPhone is expected to arrive right in the midst of the Holiday shopping season, around the end of Q4. What will those upcoming product look like? In the slideshow below, you’d find a breakdown of what Kuo expects for each new device, down to the specs and prices for some of them - take a look.


source: KGI Securities via MacRumors

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posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:40 12

1. UglyFrank (Posts: 364; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I wonder what iPhone users will say now that their iPhone will be bigger than my S4

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:48 34

2. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)


They will say Apple is the best. They invented the 4.7" & 5.5"display and apple will patent it. Then Apple will take take Samsung to court and say the S4 copied their design. Then the all American All Apple Fan Jury will rule in apples favour.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:12 18

9. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


they say 4.7'' is the perfect size for one hand operating :D

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:54

20. moskey (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


the reason i bought an s4 and not and iphone 5 was because of the screen size , i just cant go back to 4" ,
at the same time i dont like 5+ screens so unless lg g3 has something special iphone 6 is my next phone

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 04:17

33. likemorethan1 (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


so freaking true :D

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 04:06 10

4. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 365; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


They will say that they own the much more beautiful and premium device while you own a piece of plastic that can blink and make noise.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:24 1

8. Whopyourass (unregistered)


@ UglyFrank, when that happens I think you'll be pretty much the ODD one out still thinking your S4 is the best, cos everyone else has dumped theirs to get the new iPhone. That's all. LOLLLLLLLLLLL.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:29 1

14. PAPINYC (Posts: 2229; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Dear UglyFrank,
You needn't "wonder" anything as "iPhone users" will not be saying anything since, Apple will never release a 5.5 iPhablet in your lifetime. The next iPhone, iPhone 6 iThink (or is it 6S, or 6C, or 5S², or ⅛ of Galaxy Note 3), will be 4.3"; a 4.7 iPhone is at least a decade away so, it's really useless to discuss it now.

Focus, instead, on what "iPhone users" are saying now about their miniature "UnSmart" phones, "that's it!!! i Am buying a Galaxy S5, at least it has that new feature iCriBaBy, a Heart Rate monitor and a damn Finger Print Scanner. Not to mention, it makes my iPhone look like the iToy is is!!"

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:36

16. bucky (Posts: 1328; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I would tell you I don't want a gigantic phone. One of the things keeping me with the iPhone is the size

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 03:52 3

3. tech2 (Posts: 1859; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I wonder how will they justify this adhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyxbZVfll8c

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:25 1

23. PBXtech (Posts: 969; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


First image above, "one handed operation is so 2013."

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 04:53 1

6. Diezparda (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


They once said 7-inch tablets are tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad. Aaaaand voila an iPad mini, to big to slip inside your pocket and to small for best multimedia experience.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:59 1

12. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


I can see what you mean but I honestly think the iPad mini is great. Not to big if you are reading books but not to small so it can't be hard to read. Easy to put in a bag.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:32 1

18. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 147; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Instead of being so narrow minded why dont you try one for a while...the iPad Mini is an awesome device.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 12:38 1

30. Doakie (Posts: 1168; Member since: 06 May 2009)


That's what Steve Jobs said. Remember Jobs was an idealist. Apple isn't special anymore. They're just another electronics manufacturer who will compete with Samsung more in head to head specs because Cook is a been counter not a computer idealist.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 05:23

7. vincelongman (Posts: 1018; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


AU Optronics is well known for their AHVA displays (similar to IPS and PLS)
Very good to see them competing with Samsung's AMOLED displays

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:36

10. vincelongman (Posts: 1018; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Oops sorry, this comment was meant for the article about AU Optronics making a QHD 1440p AMOLED display

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 06:41

11. SAO101789 (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)


Nice picture layout. I am honestly looking forward for the ipadini and MBPR.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:05

13. AfterShock (Posts: 2530; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


No home button?
That ought to frack the flock.

I know, poor renders but if they went that far, did they forget or what.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:27

24. PBXtech (Posts: 969; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Personally, I think dumping that kindergarten home button would be a good move. It does raise the question about biometric scanners they pushed so hard with though.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 07:34

15. whburling (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


I can't believe that Apple is not aware of the pressures of offering a larger screen.

so....I am beginning to consider that Apple might just be looking further into the future
than the rest of us. Try on this idea.

Maybe, just maybe, Apple is looking at getting rid of the screen. To do that would require
retinal projection or some other interesting technique. output is actually easier than
the issue of how to address input as alternative display technology has been around for a long time

so input technology is the critical piece of the pie for creating a phone that might challenge
our current conception of a cell phone. the obvious first guess is voice, but I don't think
that voice is fast enough nor private enough. gestures might be a possibility but not in the framework that we currently imagine. Perhaps there might be something on the hand that
tracks finger movement. slight finger movement. and that movement corresponds to the projected visual display on your retina.

so......the question is whether Apple is diverting their finite resources into a whole new concept that extends way way way beyond cell phone into truly distributed processing that
includes far more of our life than phoning.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 08:35 3

19. Anshulonweb (Posts: 295; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


1gb ram... seriously.... what year is it??....

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 09:21 2

22. nctx77 (Posts: 452; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


My iphone 5 from 2012 runs better than 90% of android devices. Also, none of this is confirmed. This guy is known to get some things right, but also get things wrong. You android fanboys need to not cherry pick what you want to believe when it comes to analyst and rumors.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:22 1

28. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1563; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Really... 90% id like to see your proof. LOL what a joke

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 11:06

26. iampayne (Posts: 225; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Apple is not releasing 2 phones, and they are not getting rid of the touch ID.

posted on 10 Apr 2014, 19:08

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 10306; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple is bringing it this year. Tim Cook is stepping out the shadow. The jedster will look extra massive on the vivid new bigger screen. Selfie time...

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