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Report says Apple testing larger screens for iPhone and iPad

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Can we expect larger devices from Apple in the future?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has asked suppliers to provide larger screens for testing, including screens larger than 4 inches for iPhones and just slightly less than 13 inches diagonally  for iPads.  In a conversation between WSJ Asia Technology Editor  Yun-Hee Kim and, from Taipei, Technology Correspondent Lorraine Luk, it seems that testing on these larger screens began in Q2. According to Luk, it normally takes about a year in the development stage before products go to mass production and she is not sure, at this stage, if mass production of products with these larger screens will take place.

Luk says she believes Apple is testing larger screens to in order to stay competitive with the likes of Samsung, a company that is continuing to gain marketshare for tablets. "Apple has to do something to fight back," she adds.

Meanwhile, Luk has been tracking component supplies and reports that the next version of the iPad will be the same as the current models but with a lighter, thinner and cleaner display structure. For the iPhone, she says, look for one model with a non-metal casing and one with an aluminum casing. Both models are currently in mass production and will be available in multiple colors. 

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (9 months ago)

Samsung is continuing to gain marketshare for tablets?...Surely not, it can't be!
...What will it be next?...Surface?
...If the world is coming to THIS end, I fear a cult mass-suicide, cappuccinos, black turtlenecks and all...

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (9 months ago)

I think they rather spend their time improving the mediocre sensor of their iPhones rather than non-sense iOS or cosmetics update.

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Impulses
By Impulses (9 months ago)

Sounds like pointless rumor mongering, I'm sure it isn't the first time they prototype different sizes, Jobs is probably rolling in his grave tho! (he definitely wasn't misquoted when he proclaimed the market wouldn't want phones so large right bettor the launch of the first 4.3" HTC EVO)

Frankly I'm not sure why they would make a larger iOS tablet when the market has been clamoring for smaller ones (hence the mini), if anything the larger displays are probably for some sorta hybrid device... You know they've at least gotta be experimenting with the concept on light of Surface etc.

I still believe Microsoft's mobile strategy with Windows 8 (and next gen Atom devices) will either be the biggest flop of the decade or they'll completely crush the high end tablet market and force down the prices of the larger mobile OS tablets (there's no reason they should still hover at $500+ when 7-8" devices can be half for half that).

The phone rumor is equally odd IMO, Apple has ALWAYS avoided having more SKUs than absolutely necessary... In fact, their current CEO has been pushing to streamline their inventory efficiency for years and it's one of the reasons why they're so successful.

If they were gonna come out with two different sized phones they'd build them in a similar fashion, and I don't see them altering aspect ratios and resolutions so soon after the 5... Even if the screen stretch wasn't enough to satisfy everyone (when have they ever strived for that anyway?).

I couldn't care less for Apple btw, but the whole article smacks of a parts supplier trying to make waves rather than any substantial report. Not sure why it belongs on Connect either other than the media obsession with Apple rumors around this time of year!

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Mel Snyder
By Mel Snyder (9 months ago)

"Luk says she believes Apple is testing larger screens to in order to stay competitive with the likes of Samsung, a company that is continuing to gain marketshare for tablets. "Apple has to do something to fight back," she adds."

Lorraine should understand a bit of math. Web traffic with iOS tablets has been rising, not falling - to 84%. Just where are those Samsung tablets and what are people doing with them? Surely not surfing or otherwise interacting with the Internet.

Samsung, like MSFT, reports shipments. Apple reports sales. Samsung and MSFT take inventory write-downs, so you see their products on remainders tables at Staples and Overstock.com.

Learn to read beyond a balance sheet, Lorraine.

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knize10
By knize10 (9 months ago)

Wow, a 24'' tablet you can wear around your neck ?

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