Will Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) finally unveil a large-screen iPhone in 2014? According to a recent research note from NPD DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh, Apple will refresh several of its existing product lines with larger, high-definition displays.
Hsieh predicts that Apple will release a 4.7-inch screen iPhone, as well as a “phablet” size iPhone with a 5.7-inch display in 2014. Both devices will feature higher-resolution displays, including a 1280×720 resolution for the 4.7-inch iPhone and a 1920×1080 resolution for the 5.7-inch iPhone.
Besides the expected 9.7-inch iPad refresh, Apple will also unveil a new 12.9-inch iPad with a 2732×2048 resolution display. Like many other analysts, Hsieh expects that the iPad mini 2 will be upgraded with a Retina display. The analyst also anticipates that Apple will launch a Retina version of its MacBook Air product.
The NPD DisplaySearch analyst believes that two long-rumored Apple products — the iWatch and the Apple television — will finally be unveiled in 2014. According to Hsieh, the iWatch will feature a flexible AMOLED display and will be available in both 1.3-inch and 1.63-inch sizes.
On the other hand, the long-awaited Apple television will feature an LCD display and will be available in both 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. Although Hsieh declined to name his sources, he noted that his information is based on “supply chain research.”
Although it is impossible to verify the information in NPD DisplaySearch’s report, it should be noted that the large-screen iPhone and iPad rumors were previously reported by the Wall Street Journal and Korea’s ETNews. Hsieh believes that Apple’s upcoming display changes are “necessary” in order for the Cupertino-based company to remain competitive with the displays currently used by smartphone competitors like Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and small tablet makers such as Google (NASDAQ:GOOG).
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