Apple is tipped to release a new iPhone with a four-inch screen, and a slightly thicker iPad boasting a considerably higher resolution screen.
The iLounge technology blog quotes a source as saying that the hotly-anticipated iPhone 5 will herald a "significant redesign" of Apple's popular smartphone, largely due to the extra battery life required for support of 4G 'long term evolution' (LTE) services.
The iPhone 5 reportedly has a teardrop design, thicker at the top and tapered to the bottom.
But iLounge's "most reliable source" claims that the next-generation iPhone will actually have a metal casing (probably aluminium) around 8mm longer than the current model to accommodate the larger screen.
The source adds that the iPhone 5 will be released next summer.
"[The iPhone 5] is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production," reports iLounge.
"We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind."
The third-generation of the iPad, also hotly-tipped for a 2012 release, will reportedly be 0.7mm thicker than previous iPad models to include a twin light bar system.
This is largely because Apple intends to fit the iPad 3 with a display running a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, a massive rise on the current 1024 x 768, and so requiring stronger back-lighting.