iPhone in 2014: Bigger, curvier, more powerful
2014 is expected to be big for Apple as the company plans to increase the size of both the iPhone and the iPad.
According to the latest rumours, the iPhone 6 will grow big and so will the iPad which is being called the iPad Pro.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be at least 5 inches in size and the all new iPad Pro is expected to increase to 12 inches plus.
Some rumours also point out to two new iPhones by Apple in 2014. Apple had announced the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C in 2013 and there is no reason why the company should not follow suit.
Experts however believe that Apple will go the Samsung route and might come out with a large screened phablet sized iPhone first and later release an upgraded iPhone6 retaining its current size.
Among the new features that are doing the rounds are a more durable and thinner sapphire screen, which will make the new iPhone much more thinner and weigh less.
The latest set of rumours also point out to Apple possibly introducing curved screens, especially after the announcement by Corning of 3D shaped Gorilla Glass.
“Corning is targeting commercialisation of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC) to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan,” a company announcement said.
Last year Apple also acquired PrimeSense – the company that helped Microsoft develop Kinect, fuelling rumours that Apple might be working on incorporating gesture control mechanisms into its products – especially the Apple TV and possibly on the iPhone and the iPads as well.
Meanwhile, it is not just the iPhone that is getting bigger and more powerful.
Reports had been emerging that Apple is working on a 12 inch plus iPad, slated for 2014. It now looks like Apple could merge the iPad Pro with its Macbook Air, to create a similar concept of a flip top Windows device that converts into a tablet and has complete functionality of a laptop.
Reports quoting Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang said Apple’s new "quad-core" A8 processor will be capable of creating such a device.
“Expect a 2-1 hybrid – think iPad + MBA – similar to how most iPads are used in the workplace and in the same spirit of MSFT’s Surface,” Wang Notes.
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