Given that the iPhone has seen an annual refresh each year since its unveiling in 2007, it's a pretty safe bet that some flavor of iPhone
will see the light of day in 2014. The big question, however, is whether or not we'll see an even bigger iPhone. With the Galaxy Note series selling tens of millions of units worldwide, it's clear that there's a very real demand for larger-screen phones. Apple's iPhone remains one of the smallest you can buy, but fresh reports suggest that this year may change all of that.
Reportedly, Apple will release two new iPhones in 2014. One will have a modest 4.5" display (which still trumps the 4" display on the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s
), while the other will boast a screen that is "larger than five inches." What's becoming clear is that customers far and wide appreciate larger phones and aren't offended by the enlarged form factor. In fact, it's starting to look like Apple isn't even paying attention to the sliding scale of screen sizes... well, unless it changes course this year, that is.
What's interesting beyond the larger form factor is that the iPhone 5c may be one-and-done. The 5c hasn't sold as well as Apple predicted; as it turns out, most of Apple's clients simply want the best, leaving the 5c with an incredibly tiny market. It's possible that the 5c could hang around as the free-on-contract iPhone after the iPhone 4S is yanked entirely, but it's pretty safe to say that the 5c experiment was a middling one at best.