With the iPhone 5c and 5s launch several months behind us, the rumor mill is already churning out new claims surrounding Apple’s next smartphone, presumably called the iPhone 6. The latest report from DigiTimes, which has a pretty spotty track record when it comes to Apple rumors, claims a bigger iPhone could launch as early as May 2014 with a larger iPad following in October.
The iPhone 6 will reportedly be manufactured by the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). There’s no word on how big the new smartphone will be, though recent reports suggest Apple could push its next device to 4.9-inches—up from its current 4-inch screens.
While an iPhone bordering on 5-inches could help Apple compete with Google’s Nexus 5 as well as devices form Samsung and LG, such a massive change would be out of character for Apple, which took years to make the jump from 3.5-inches to 4-inches with the iPhone 5. A May 2014 launch also seems highly unlikely. Apple has made a habit of launching a new smartphone each September and we expect that tradition to continue in 2014.
An October launch for the next-generation iPad makes a lot more sense, giving Apple a year to prepare since launching the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina. According to DigiTimes, Cupertino plans to target the education market with a 12.9 tablet. That lines up with earlier rumors, though we’re going to continue to be skeptical on these claims until we start to see more concrete evidence.