Originally Posted by Sil_liS
What makes you think that the iPad mini and the larger iPhone weren't part of Jobs' plans? How long do you think that it takes to redesign a device to accommodate the change in size?
The flipside, except for a self-serving statement from Apple, you have no reason to believe that they were part of his plans.
There are very, very few people who know the truth of whether or not Jobs had 5 years' worth of product plans. Knowing what I know of corporate cultures, that claim (if not true) was made to give investors and customers some comfort and confidence that Apple has had a plan to ease the transition after Jobs' death.
The iPad Mini, larger iPhone, timing of the release of the lightning connector do not look to have Jobs' "fingerprints" on them.
Technology changes more quickly and unpredictably than anyone realizes, yes even than Jobs thought. If there was a 5 year product plan, Apple would be foolish to carry it out for more than 6 months. Any further than that and Apple would most likely find itself in the weeds.