This week saw reports about the new grand plans of the popular smatphone and tablet-maker.
According to Digitimes, the Californian tech giant “is planning a larger size iPhone for May 2014” and “iPad Max in October 2014”.
“With Samsung Electronics also reportedly planning to release 12- to 13-inch tablets, the sources believe these large-size tablets will greatly impact ultrabook demand,” the publication writes.
“In addition to tablets, Apple is also rumored to be planning a larger size iPhone for May 2014, using a 20nm processor manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the sources noted,” Digitimes adds.
Previous reports claimed the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, has recently released a pretty lengthy memo to employees, which read that Apple has some “big plans that we think customers are going to love.”
The news comes a few days after Apple had finalized the deal to bring its smartphones to the Chinese market.
Apple and China Mobile has finally announced that they had reached a long-awaited agreement on bringing the iPhone to the world’s biggest phone company.
The move is predicted to boost the sales of the world’s popular Apple device, though it will definitely face intense competition.
The iPhone is offered in China by two small retailer but the just signed deal will link the Californian company with a bigger network and state-owned China Mobile Ltd.’s marketing power.
Chinese customers like the Apple’s smartphones and they are ready to purchase it, but the next-generation device has been eclipsed by lower-priced smartphones from Samsung and local brands.
The iPhone 5S and 5C will hit the Apple and China Mobile stores next month. The customers of the world’s biggest retailer can register for phones starting Wednesday.
“The iPhone will help China Mobile promote a new fourth-generation network that received government approval this month. But analysts say Apple needed the agreement more than the Chinese carrier,” The Huffington Post writes.
“That gave China Mobile leverage in negotiations over how to split costs, which for the high-priced iPhone usually includes subsidizing handset sales.”
China Mobile has more than 750 million mobile accounts. However, Bernstein Research conducted a research that showed some China Mobile customers prefer smaller carriers for data service.
The Cupertino based company already has agreements with such retailers as China Telecom Ltd. and China Unicom Ltd., which have about 455 million mobile accounts.
Apple keeps on making good deals in this year. Thus, a few weeks ago the iPhone maker purchased the social media analytics startup Topsy, offering for a deal more than $200 million.
Topsy has access to data firehose of the world popular microblogging service. The company provides users with a possibility to analyze tweets, gather sentiment and measure the reach of a campaign, hashtag or message, Mashable explains.
An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the deal but didn’t provide any further comments.
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” she said.