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Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a letter to employees, has said that 2014 will be a big year for the company and customers will love its new products. Many in the tech community have taken this as a hint that Apple will finally unveil big-screen iPhones and iPads. And a recent report gives credence to this speculation.

Chinese technology website Digitimes, which has leaked Apple gadgets accurately in the past, has reported that the big-screen iPhone is scheduled for a May launch. This upcoming model will have a 20nm chipset made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

It has long been rumoured that Apple is working on two big-screen iPhones – one with a 4.7-inch display and the other with a 6-inch panel.

The report also says that a big-screen iPad, with display sizes measuring 12.9-inch or 13.3-inch, will be unveiled in October next year. It is likely that Apple will pick the 12.9-inch screen size for final production; this falls in line with an earlier report that Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 4K resolution in October.

Apple is working with Taiwan’s Quanta Computer to manufacture this upcoming tablet. This large-screen iPad will replace the 11-inch Macbook Air, says the report, citing sources.

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Alongside new iPads and Macs, Apple on Tuesday quietly released an iOS update that brings new features and fixes others.

iOS 7.0.3, which went out as a free update today, brings back iCloud Keychain — a feature that was originally slated to launch with iOS 7, but did not make it into the final release.

iCloud Keychain stores information like logins and credit card information synced up and available between devices. That comes with a new feature in Safari for iOS that can generate complex passwords.

Alongside the new feature, Apple also beefed up an older one that disabled some of the snazzy new visual effects in iOS 7. That includes the parallax shifting that occurs while users move their device around, as well as the animations that have app icons fall down onto the screen every time the device is unlocked.

Those animations were causing issues for some users, who found them to be dizzying. The new option ditches the zooming between apps and other system menus, in favor of a simpler cross fade effect.

Other fixes include a tweak to the lock screen that delays when it pops up the “slide to unlock” language for iPhone 5S users with the Touch ID system enabled, as well as bringing back an option to search from the Web and Wikipedia from within the built-in Spotlight search tool.iOS was was released to users last month. Prior updates focused on ironing out some early kinks, including a security issue that allowed users to unlock devices without a passcode.