Citing an unnamed source from Digitimes, Forbes today reported a number of possible iPhone 6 and new iPad details that potentially reflect Apple’s change in hardware strategy.
The report first claims that the iPhone 6 will utilize a processor made from TSMC’s advanced 20nm process, and suggests that its screen size will measure “just under the 5 inches of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4.” This falls in line with what many market watchers have been saying about the new iPhone, which is that it would closely resemble the existing phablets in the market and that its screen display will fall somewhere between 4.7 inches and 4.9 inches.
With regard to the new iPad, size will also be a major aspect that will be noticeably different. As suggested by Forbe’s Digitimes source, Apple will be introducing a new 12.9 inch iPad in addition to its existing 9.7 inch and 7.9 inch options, and target it towards the “educational market.” The so-called “iPad Max” will reportedly be manufactured by the Taiwan-based company Quanta Computer, which is best known for making notebook computers and various other hardware equipments.
Assuming that the Cupertino giant does in fact choose to up the size of its smartphones and tablets as the rumors suggest, a number of exciting possibilities —as well as challenges— can be expected for future app developers.
As Forbes’ reporter Anthony Wing Kosner puts it:
“These larger screen sizes will put additional strain on iOS 7 and developers who will need to figure out how to adapt their apps to even more configurations…[but] will provide some exciting opportunities for applications as well, and we can anticipate that iOS 8 will contain many features designed to accommodate multi-screen design.”