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iPhone 6, iPad Pro With Larger Screens Basically Confirmed In Apple Code

Jun 04, 2014 01:28 PM EDT by Michael Briggs

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Although this may not constitute as big news for consumers who have been following the rumors about Apple's upcoming products, it appears the Cupertino-based company is preparing to release larger-screened iPhones and iPads.

Following Monday's Worldwide Developers Conference, the tech giant released Xcode 6 beta, which offers changes for the coding for Apple's upcoming platforms, including "Resizable iPhones" and "Resizable iPads," according to Apple Insider. These new options, which were first spotted by Mac4Ever, suggest unannounced hardware is on the way.

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As the report notes, the functions were not mentioned in the "What's New" release notes, but do hint that new, bigger devices will debut "in the same timeline as the rollout of iOS 8."

Apple has been rumored to be releasing two iPhone 6 models in 2014, with one coming in at 4.7 inches and the other at 5.5 inches. The 4.7-inch model is expected this fall, while the 5.5-inch "phablet" could come just weeks after or several months following the launch of its slightly-smaller companion. Meanwhile, Apple is said to be working on releasing an iPad Air successor, the "Air 2," a new iPad Mini with Retina, the "Mini 3" and a 12.9-inch iPad "Pro" that would compete with Microsoft's line of Surface tablets. Trusted analsyt Ming-Chi Kuo, however, believes Apple will only release the Air 2 in 2014, with the new Mini and work-tablet "Pro" set for arrival in 2015.

Specs rumors for the sixth-generation iPhone include an Apple A8, Near Field Communication (NFC) for mobile payments, Touch ID and an improved camera.

The Air 2 and Mini 3 have also been tipped for Touch ID and an A8 chip.

Kuo previously stated that Apple is working on the iPad Pro tablet for 2015 with an eye on a "richer entertainment and productivity experience," AppleInsider reports. He added that it will pack new usability features.

"With the 12.9" iPad, we think Apple will come up with a new user interface that's more innovative and intuitive, so that input will be as efficient as a device with keyboard," Kuo said.

The Pro has also been rumored for 2K/4K display options with with 2560 x 1600 and 4096 x 3072 pixel counts, respectively, an A8 chip and an eye-tracking sensor. Digitimes reports that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, or possibly "Max," would target "North America's educational market [and]... be manufactured by Quanta Computer." The tablet would arrive as a competitor to Samsung's work tablet and feature new cases with integrated keyboards and batteries, according to the report.

 

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