While they didn’t release any completely new products in 2013, Apple certainly did give the public a number of excellent upgrades including the redesigned Mac Pro, fingerprint recognition technology in their iPhone, and an iPad that was much thinner and lighter than previous models. (The iPad Air.)
2014 is shaping up to be another good year for Apple’s line of products, with rumors about a ‘smart watch’, improved Apple TV and a larger iPhone (possibly) coming.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, recently told his employees in an email that 2014 will see a lot of great things, “including some big plans that we think customers are going to love.”
One of those things is most likely to be the upcoming iPhone 6 which, as rumors have it, will come with a screen that is somewhere between 4.7 and 5.7 inches, or much bigger than it is now. It’s possible that Apple might release the ubiquitous smart phone in two separate sizes as well and it’s been reported that Apple is testing a variety of different prototypes right now for possible release.
One of the most interesting rumors about the iPhone 6 is that it will have a curved display and a 20 nm A8 chip from TSMC that’s faster and more powerful. A larger screen will mean that the display resolution will also need to be increased, and that images and assets for their iPhone apps will also need to be re-created.
Every time Apple introduces a new resolution however it can be problematic for app developers and thus Apple has been cautious about doing it too frequently. If they introduce a much larger phone however, and want to retain their retina quality display, increasing the pixel count is probably the only way to do it.
One of the rumor that simply won’t go away is that of the curved iPhone screen, something that seems to be quite trendy right now but experts don’t believe will make it into the newest iPhone iteration.
iPhone users also hope that their fingerprint recognition technology will be improved as many have complained that it’s a bit wonky and doesn’t perform to their satisfaction.
Whatever changes that do make it into the new iPhone, the one that seems to be most important to users is the size, as many people have complained that, while Android phones keep getting larger, the iPhone (and even the iPhone five) still remain too small.
Apple has a number of other things cooking for 2014 so make sure to come back over the next few days as we’ll be bringing you more information about their products, announcements and plans.