A new pair of rather questionable rumors have appeared today suggesting some major changes to the Apple product line-up in the next year or so. The first concerns a new iPad ‘Maxi’ which is being report by Korean site ETNews as launching in early 2014 with a 12.9 inch screen size, compared to the 9.7 inch screen of the current generation Retina Display iPad. The new device is apparently set to compete with a range of ultrabooks and, aside from amusing name, would be released early next year.
In contrast, Chinese site WeiPhone is suggesting that the next iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone 5S, which is expected to be released later this year, will actually have around double the amount of pixels on the screen. The device is being reported to have around 1.5 million pixels compared to the nearly 730,000 currently found in the iPhone 5. This report is even more dodgy than the first, as any increase in screen resolution would likely involve a fourfold increase in pixel number rather than two fold as the increase would have to be in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. For comparison, the iPhone 3GS had a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels whereas the iPhone 4 had a resolution of 640 x 960, or four times the number of pixels.
With both sources having a less than stellar reputation on reports surrounding pre-release Apple products, they are, perhaps, not worth taking too seriously.