Will a bigger iPhone push iPad buyers towards the Air... or Pro?
The iPhone 6, which is presumably going to be announced next month, is also presumably going to have a larger screen — 4.7- and/or 5.5-inches larger according to rumors. When you get towards 5.5, you become as much mini tablet as you do big phone. Apple already makes a mini tablet, of course — 7.9-inches of iPad mini to be precise. It's widely believed to be the more popular of the two iPad models, outselling the 9.7-inch iPad Air. So, could a bigger iPhone cannibalize the smaller iPad? Or could it lead to an entirely new market for the Air, and the rumored iPad Pro?
Apple has repeatedly said they'd rather cannibalize their own products than have someone else do it. However, there's likely more to it than that. Currently the biggest iPhone you can buy is 4-inches. If you want a larger screened iOS device to travel with, iPad mini fits the bill perfectly. It's identical to the iPad in all almost all ways but size and price, and size is the major differentiator. In a world with a 5.5-inch iPhone, however, people can have both an iPhone and a larger screened iOS device all in one. That will eliminate the need for an iPad mini for some portion of the customer base.
Yet it might also open up the desire for an iPad Air or even a — currently speculative — 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
If having a small iPhone leads to a preference for having a small iPad, perhaps having a large iPhone will lead to an equal and opposite preference for having a large iPad. Absent the need for high portability, size and power could become more important for iPad customers. In other words, when you don't travel, when you leave it at home or at work, a larger screen can be more valuable.
Apple's done a great job mainstreaming productivity with their Your Verse campaign for the iPad Air. As larger phones prove valuable to a segment of the market, it's quite possible larger tablets will as well, and for the same reasons.
I'm currently traveling with an iPhone 5s and an iPad mini with Retina display. Come November, I can easily see myself traveling with a iPhone 6 and an iPad Air 2. Come 2015, I can just as easily see myself with a iPad Pro instead.
Especially if it packs in some of my wish-list...
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Because with larger screen iphone, i got everything i need... All in one device... Sent from the iMore App
I guess if you deleted the margins, maybe it could fit, but that defeats the purpose. Also, paper is none of these paper formats are the same aspect ratio of the current iPads (4:3).
A 12.9" iPad Pro leaves enough room for a virtual iPhone screen on the display whereby multi-tasking via drag/drop is possible. Currently I use my 5S as a second screen for my iPad 3, considering that I push said iPad to its RAM and A5X limits with all my productivity workflows. Hell, even a 5.5" virtual iPhone screen should work fine. It's all about enterprise and productivity. IPAD MINI BECOMES VOID BY 5.5" IPHONE 6
With an iPhone 6 that large, what is the point of having an iPad Mini? Of course, iPad developers need to allow for that new iPhone to process iPad apps.
- Simultaneous multi-app support
- Extension of Continuity that allows me to integrate it as a Space on my Mac and utilize it as a second (or third) screen -- or some sort of "screen sharing" option I, of course, have no idea how to do these things. I would rely on Apple's magical engineers to make this happen. :)
Would be cool and just what POWER users would want and need.
I have mentioned before, I had a iPad, sold it.
Just wasn't powerful enough for me as a designer and just didn't play well with my Apple ecosys, file transfer, printing, storing and retrieving files. It all sucked on my iPad.
Touchscreen OS = not getting work done (I wrestled Numbers to make a spreadsheet on my iPhone today)
Real work needs a real OS. Play time doesn't need the bulk of a keyboard or mouse, or box on a desk, hence: iOS / iPad.
Using the "truck" to do the heavy lifting, then opening the same file to view / minor editing with iOS makes more sense. Hence: Handoff & iCloud Drive.
I predict no iPad Pro as it has been conceptualized as a hybrid. Maybe bigger screen & more storage, but no dual OS, no hybrid OS, no stupid cover/keyboard/trackpad/battery... Just buy a MacBook Pro and an iPad and an iPhone.