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More buzz points to supersized 12in Apple iPad and larger iPhone 6

There's been more buzz on the grapevine about a supersized iPad, and an iPhone phablet, again from suppliers in the component chain over in Asia.

The latest is a report (spotted by C-net (opens in new tab)) from the China Business News (Yicai) which talks to a manager at a Taiwan-based mould maker who says that Apple is set to launch a 12in tablet. This info was further confirmed by news service Brightwire, which cited sources at a components exhibition over in China.

We've heard about the large iPad (opens in new tab) (or "iPad Pro") before, of course, courtesy of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, although he had it pitched at a 13in size (well, 12.9in anyway). He also wasn't sure whether it would make this year's line-up – but as the mould making process is set to begin in the next few weeks, maybe we will see a new iPad in 2014.

And the same sources also talked about the iPhone 6 phablet, stating that Apple would be producing models with 4.7in and 5.5in displays, a long-standing rumour (opens in new tab) – and there will also be a new 4in model (perhaps an iPhone 6C or equivalent, except this time with an actually noticeable drop in price?).

The next-gen iPhone will be extremely thin at 5.8mm, going by the plastic mould which China Business News claims to have seen. That would be impressively svelte to say the least...

Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.