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It took Apple long enough to make the iPad mini a reality, but sources claim Cupertino won't stop there, with "phablet" style devices expected next year and cheaper iPhones in a rainbow of colors.
Reuters reported Thursday that Apple may expand the iPhone's horizons over the next year, with insider sources spilling the beans on larger screens and budget models in multiple colors.
The rumored plans appear to be a defensive move against rival Samsung, who by now has thrown just about every conceivable variation of its Android devices into the marketplace to see what actually sticks, including "phablets," which attempt to fill a questionable void between smartphones and tablets.
According to four different sources, the 2014 iPhone could come in both 4.7-inch as well as 5.7-inch models. While suppliers in Asia have apparently been approached about the plans, it's far from a done deal yet.
"They constantly change product specifications almost to the final moment, so you're not really sure whether this is the final prototype," cautioned one source.
While those plans may be months away, Apple is widely expected to launch an upgrade to its current iPhone 5 this fall alongside iOS 7, which could include a fingerprint sensor for additional security. Sources claim Cupertino is also on track to deliver a cheaper iPhone with a plastic casing that could come in five or six different colors "to differentiate it from the more expensive model that has traditionally come only in black or white."
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