By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Last week, we told you about Samsung’s new Galaxy Note: the smartphone-tablet hybrid is set to hit store shelves next month.

Today, it’s Apple’s turn — with the iPhone maker expected to announce its own big-screen handheld.

The screen on the Galaxy Note tops out at 5.7″ — that’s more than an inch and a half extra real estate than the iPhone 5 has to text and email, use apps, and watch streaming video.

That’s left Apple playing catch-up, but publisher Seth Weintraub says no bother:

“They’ve been able to make the phone lighter even though the screen’s getting bigger, so the tradeoff isn’t as pronounced. And I think everyone is used to a big screen now.”

He thinks we’ll see two new iPhones, one with a 4.7″ screen and one nearly an inch larger.

Apple also is expected to announce a smartwatch — certainly not the first wearable out there.

“Apple’s good at doing that — turning a niche product into a mainstream product,” he said. “That’s kind of what they do. And recognizing when the technology is right for the masses. ”

Same with NFC. Even BlackBerry has put near-field communication on its phones; if Apple does so, could the tap-to-pay tech take off?

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