12.9-inch iPad and larger screened iPhone on tap for 2014 - Rumor

Heading into 2014, there is no shortage of rumors surrounding Apple's future product plans.

Heading into 2014, there is no shortage of rumors surrounding Apple's future product plans. From rumblings over an iWatch to the seemingly never-ending rumors regarding the mythical Apple HDTV, the expectation that Apple will release yet another game-changing product has never been greater.

Most recently, we've seen reports of Apple releasing new and larger versions of both the iPad and the iPhone. Adding some more momentum to said rumors, Digitimes is reporting that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch tablet set for release as early as October 2014. On the iPhone side of the table, the report claims that Apple will be releasing a larger-screened iPhone in 2014 as well. Curiously, though, the report claims that this larger iPhone may see the light of day in May 2014. This seems rather suspect as Apple traditionally likes to wait a full year in between product upgrades.

While Digitimes admittedly has a spotty track record when reporting Apple rumors, it's not the only source to indicate that Apple may switch things up in 2014. This past summer, the Wall Street Journal also reported that Apple was testing larger-screened iPhones and iPads in an effort to diversify its product lineup, attract new customers, and of course, keep curent customers interested in upgrading.

People at Apple's suppliers said it asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than its current iPhone in recent months, and has asked for screen designs for a new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches. Whether the designs will make their way to market is unclear, but they could lead to Apple phones and tablets that are larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5 and 9.7-inch iPad.

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