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



32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 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...

26. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

19. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

22. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

28. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

15. whburling

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 08, 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.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

24. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

11. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

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

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5836; Member since: Feb 10, 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

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5836; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

6. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

12. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

18. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I wonder how will they justify this ad

23. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

2. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

20. moskey

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 31, 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

33. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

so freaking true :D

4. HansGoneInsane unregistered

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.

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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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!!"

16. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

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