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Apple is finding it a formidable task to bring out a TV and is instead shifting focus to wearable devices, says NPD DisplaySearch.
Research note predicts iPhone could get both 4.7- and 5.7-inch screens. Also likely on tap: high-resolution iWatch and Retina MacBook Air.
The next iPad Mini may not be the Retina version, says NPD DisplaySearch. It could be a version with a faster chip -- and possibly thinner too.
A refresh of the iPad Mini is coming in the third quarter, NPD DisplaySearch said late Sunday in an update.
Small tablets are moving to very-high-resolution displays, like larger 10-inch class tablets have done in the last year or so.
If last month is any indicator, 2013 may be the year of the iPad Mini and smaller tablets in general.
The iPhone 5's initial shipment rate was too large to maintain, resulting in cutbacks, DisplaySearch says. But the cutbacks don't necessarily equal a drop in popularity.
Apple may update the Retina iPad in the coming months with a version that addresses thickness and weight.
NPD DisplaySearch says Apple has a production plan for a small tablet.
Regardless, shipments of larger-screened tablets will rise over the next several years, says market researcher NPD DisplaySearch.