Originally Posted by gwmac
I agree with everything in your post except the part about NFC. I doubt Apple will add that unless it augments Passbook.
It also make a lot of sense to have two big iPhone announcements twice a year. Once in the fall every year for the two 4" models and once in the Spring with a larger iPhone. This is what they used to do with the iPad as the big Spring announcement. It would also allow them to use newer components in the larger version which requires less engineering with more room inside the shell. There will likely be a lot of angry people that would not have bought a 5S had they known a larger version was coming 5 or 6 months later but it is will pay off big for the future and then people will understand their schedule and make their decisions accordingly.
I just heard that, I believe it was Qualcomm, was going to release or has released a new voice/data chip with NFC built in, so to use this updated chip that you get NFC whether you like it or not. Again, I'm going strictly from memory on an article I read. I agree that Apple may or may not implement NFC, but if they had it, I wouldn't mind if it was there so future iOS updates. Since I didn't hear anything at WWDC about NFC and I've not read anywhere that NFC functionality is part of iOS 7, you're probably right, but if the voice/data chips have them onboard, then maybe they could add that functionality later on. I know it's a stretch, that's why I put it in with a question mark. Because it's a maybe, not a definite. But an updated voice/data chip is PROBABLY part of the iPhone 5S w/ or w/o NFC.
Apple unfortunately, won't talk about future products unless they feel they need to. Several reasons for that. One, they don't want to repeat what happened to Osborne Computer back in the 80's. They made a future product announcement too soon and what happened was no one bought the existing product and the company went out of business as a result. I know people always want to know about future products, but it's a double edged sword to talk about something too soon before they release the product. I think the reasoning behind the MacPro announcement was that it was at WWDC, Apple has had a lot of flack over not coming out with a new MacPro system, but honestly it's not Apple's fault. They had to wait for Intel to release the Thunderbolt chip sets that actually support XEON chips and since the completely new redesign, they couldn't release the product any sooner since TB 2 is new and so are the 12 core chips, etc., etc. Since the current MacPro doesn't sell that much, they aren't losing much business, so for them to make an announcement like that, it doesn't really hurt sales.
I just think it's doubtful that Apple will make an announcement for a larger screen model, UNLESS, they have something to show that's a working product and they just delay shipping it due to production capabilities and waiting for components to become available similar to that of the MacPro system.
I hope this makes sense.
Either way, I think there are enough people that know Apple is working on a larger screen model, but last i heard (no one directly from Apple, it was from a rumor site), that they haven't made the final decision as to screen size. As they say, rumors are just rumors. Apple likes to keep control over future product announcements for several reasons. One, as to not disrupt currents sales, which is understandable. Two, they don't want to announce unless they know the shipment dates. Three, to keep others guessing and lastly, because it makes the product announcement more exciting. We, by nature, always want to know what we're getting for Christmas before we open our presents, but sometimes It's better to be surprised. It makes it more enjoyable.