I don't care if Apple makes larger iPhones or not because I personally don't need or want a larger iPhone. If Apple thinks or believes they can sell a larger iPhone successfully, good for them go for it. I just hope Apple continues to update and make a version with a 4 inch screen as well.
First, Apple typically doesn't respond to rumors and second do you have any proof whatsoever that Apple initiated any of these rumors? IMO this whole beats thing is all pure BS, as find it hard to fathom that Apple would spend 3.2B on a beats acquisition.
I know it was claimed during the trial that Google had slide to unlock before Apple patented it but no evidence was presented to validate that claim. It is very easy to claim you did something first, proving it is whole different story.