Rumor has it that the iPhone 5S is going on a diet to keep things cheap and the iPhone 6 is to be a vitamin-enriched iPhablet with a leaf or two from the Samsung Galaxy Note. If this really happens to be the case therefore – what exactly will become of the iPad Mini 2? Will there be any place for a new-generation iPad Mini if the iPhone 6 is itself knocking on the door of 6-inches at least?
According to the latest rumor and report roundup from the Far East technology industry, Apple is indeed working on an iPhone 6 that is bigger, brighter, bolder and generally better than the iPhone 5. This would appear to tally up with ongoing suggestions that the way forward for Apple and the iPhone as a whole really is to take the form of an iPhablet, leaving plenty of room for a lower-end plastic iPhone 5S that could hit the market for a much cheaper price.
This would make 2013 a hugely significant year in the history and the future of the iPhone, but if two iPhones are coming in the near future in both mini and maxi sizes, what room does this leave for the iPad Mini 2?
If all of the above process accurate, iOS devotees the world over will be able to choose between previous-generation iPhones with 3.5-inch screens, the iPhone 5 with its 4-inch screen and a new iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch or even a 6-inch screen – little room being left at the inn for an iPad Mini 2 around the 7-inch mark. True, if the iPad Mini 2 were to hit the market as an absolute bargain then it would of course hold huge potential and appeal, but chances are that with its all-but guaranteed top-tier Retina panel and further upgrades, it will be a pretty expensive toy to say the least.
The reality of the situation is that a 5-inch or 6-inch iPhone 6 iPhablet makes absolutely perfect sense right here and right now, given the way in which the Samsung Galaxy Note, the HTC Butterfly and various other hybrids are still cleaning house. On the other hand, such a device would be 100% guaranteed to chip away at iPad Mini 2 sales, so it remains to be seen whether Apple is willing to accept such collateral damage for the greater good.