Large screen iPhones and retina display for Macbook Air coming in 2014

Today in Apple: Revamped iOS device and Macbook Air displays. Plus: iPad event on October 22, and Qualcomm beats a hasty retreat about 64-bit comments

By , ITworld |  Mobile & Wireless, Apple, iPhone

Large Screen iPhones and Macbook Air Retina
One of the most requested features for the iPhone is a larger screen, and it looks like that will happen in 2014, along with a retina display for the Macbook Air. Apple Insider is reporting that supply chain research indicates that both changes are in the works for 2014.

DisplaySearch vice president David Hsieh writes in a post to the company blog, but that is set to change over the next year. Citing supply chain research, Hsieh says that Apple will count on display technology for new product innovation in late 2013 and throughout 2014.

Hsieh also says another long-anticipated iOS device will make an appearance next year, an iPhone with a 4.7-inch 1280x720 display. The DisplaySearch note points to not only one larger-screened iPhone, but two, with the second being a "phablet" device packing a 5.7-inch display outputting at 1920x1080. Those devices, the report predicts, will hits shelves in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Hsieh's report also sees Apple releasing an iPad with a 12.9-inch display outputting at 2732x1536 in 2014. DisplaySearch sees Apple finally bringing Retina display technology to its ultra-lightweight notebook in 2014.

More at Apple Insider

I know some Android phone owners who moved to that platform simply because they needed a larger screen phone. So if it's true that Apple is prepping larger screen iPhones, it will be good news for the company's iPhone sales. They will probably see some switchers from Android coming to the iPhone.

I almost bought a Macbook Air a while back, but didn't like the low resolution display. So I opted for a retina Macbook Pro instead, it's way past time for the Macbook Air to get a retina display.

The 12.9 inch iPad should be quite interesting to see when it's released. I can't see a lot of consumers buying it, but it could be big at the enterprise level.

iPad Event Scheduled for October 22
Speaking of the iPad, it seems that Apple will hold its next big event on October 22, according to All Things D.

People familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company will hold its next invitation-only event on Tuesday, October 22. The focal point of the gathering will be the latest updates to the company’s iPad line, but the new Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks will likely get some stage time as well, I’m told.

The fifth-generation iPad is expected to feature a thinner, lighter design akin to the iPad mini’s, and an improved camera. It will run Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip. The second-generation iPad mini will be upgraded with a retina display and also likely see the A7 incorporated into its innards. It’s not clear whether Apple’s new iPads will feature the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that recently debuted on the iPhone 5s, though that has been rumored.

More at All Things D

Didn't Apple do a similar event last year around the same time? The company tends to be relatively habitual in its behavior, so it won't be surprising if this report is true. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next version of the iPad and iPad mini have to offer since I'm currently using an aging iPad 3.

Qualcomm Walks Back Marketing Gimmick Remarks
It didn't take long for Qualcomm to walk back their ridiculous remarks about Apple's A7 processor in the iPhone being a "marketing gimmick."

"The comments made by Anand Chandrasekher, Qualcomm CMO, about 64-bit computing were inaccurate," a Qualcomm spokesperson said in an email. "The mobile hardware and software ecosystem is already moving in the direction of 64-bit; and, the evolution to 64-bit brings desktop class capabilities and user experiences to mobile, as well as enabling mobile processors and software to run new classes of computing devices."

Last week, Chandrasekher — Qualcomm's senior vice president and chief marketing officer — caused a stir by saying that iPhone 5s buyers would see little in the way of benefits from the device's 64-bit chip.

"I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7," Chandrasekher said. "I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that."

More at Apple Insider

It's not very surprising that Qualcomm is trying to distance themselves from the previous remarks, given how silly those comments were about the A7. The whole affair has damaged Qualcomm's credibility and made the company look rather foolish in the technology media.

I suppose it's better late than never to see Qualcomm join the 64-bit party.

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