Another day, another rumour. And as usual Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) declines to comment. According to the latest rumors, Apple is planning to debut new versions of its two highly appreciated and successful products in 2014. The report, which cited the source from one of the Apple suppliers in the far east, claimed that Apple is planning to introduce a much-anticipated and bigger screen iPhone 6 in May next year, while 12.9-inch, or an even bigger, screen iPad in October 2014.
There were much details available though, but the report carries some vital information about technical specifications which spill some beans on what is going to be under the hood of the upcoming devices. Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 is expected to use a 20-nanometer processor, which would be designed and manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad is rumored to be launched in October next year. Industry experts feel that Apple may be considering to replace 11-inch MacBook Air with this new iPad, name tagged as iPad Pro. Like the iPad Air, the iPad Pro would be sleek and lighter and would be easy to carry instead of the 11-inch MacBook Air. Users can easily dock the iPad Pro with an external keyboard and mouse to use it as a complete laptop. However, with such an experiment, there are challenges too. Apple must ensure the similar processing power in the tablet as a user expects from a laptop. Besides, the different usage behavior with the device could be another big challenge for Apple to bridge and convince users to ditch their 11-inch laptop for the iPad Pro.
This is not the first time when we are hearing a rumour about an iPhone 6 possibilities that could sport 4.7-inch or 4.9-inch. Many leading web properties, including WSJ, have been claiming about similar information for a few months now. And if this becomes a reality, it will help the company to compete with large screen Smartphones, like Samsung Galaxy S4 and Phablets, like the Note II and the Note III, with a single device.
But the biggest tip-off came from the horse’s mouth, consider the words of Tim Cook – CEO, Apple Inc. – used today in an internal memo to employees “A lot to look forward to in 2014 including some big plans that we think customers and going to love”.
For those, who are willing to read the full memo sent by Tim Cook as a reflection of the soon-ending 2013, here is the full email:
This holiday season, tens of millions of people around the world, from all walks of life, are experiencing Apple products for the first time. Those moments of surprise and delight are magical, and they’re all made possible by your hard work. As many of us prepare to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve achieved together over the past year.
First and foremost, we introduced industry-leading products in each of our major categories in 2013, showing the breadth and depth of innovation at Apple. We extended our lead in the smartphone market with iPhone 5s; launched iOS 7, an extraordinarily ambitious project; released OS X Mavericks for free to our customers; introduced the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display; and this week began shipping the Mac Pro from a manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. We also marked our 50 billionth download on the App Store – a milestone no one could have predicted we would reach so quickly.
Together we’ve shown the world that innovation at Apple goes beyond our products to the way we do business and how we give back to our community. This year, Apple raised and donated tens of millions of dollars for important charities and relief efforts like Red Cross aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines, and we continue to be the largest contributor to (PRODUCT)RED, supporting the Global Fund in its fight against the spread of AIDS in Africa. Just a few weeks ago, Jony Ive led an unprecedented effort that brought money and awareness to eliminating the transmission of AIDS from mother to child.
And finally, Apple is standing up for what we believe is right. We know that equality and diversity make our company and our society stronger, so we’ve urged the U.S. Congress to support workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We are also laser focused on our contribution to several environmental initiatives and we will increase our efforts even more in this area in the future.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, including some big plans that we think customers are going to love. I am extremely proud to stand alongside you as we put innovation to work serving humankind’s deepest values and highest aspirations. I consider myself the luckiest person in the world for the opportunity to work at this amazing company with all of you.