Originally Posted by pedromartins
... Every 4.5+ phone is a phablet, and they are Apple's competition ...
Indeed. But if you look into the sales figures you will find that despite the press they get, phones over 4.5" in size are fairly rare. The large phones are prominent in advertising and in web discussions among tech geeks, but they aren't actually a large part of sales. Check it out and you will find that even if you look exclusively at Android phones, the majority are iPhone sized by far, and the larger ones don't sell as much as people assume they do.
*Most* phones (even Android phones) are still 4.5" or less even after several years of the industry pushing this "big ass phone" stuff on us. It's arguable that large phones are neither super-popular, nor anything more than a fad. I wouldn't say Apple will never make a phone in this size, but it's unlikely to happen soon.
At the very least, you will see phones and tablets from Apple that support styluses before you will see the debut of a "phablet."
Stylus support is the main trigger for more and different iOS device sizes. Once they have that, you might then see larger and smaller devices than the current three we have now.
Anyone foolish enough to think that Apple is coming out with a phablet this year or even next, is probably foolish enough to believe that rot about Apple making "smart watches" also.
Neither are going to happen.