by Joe White
July 22, 2013
In a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple and the company's suppliers are said to be testing larger 13-inch iPads along with bigger iPhone handsets, signalling that in the coming years the Cupertino, Calif. company will likely alter the sizes of its smartphone and tablet once again. Already, Apple has a 7.9-inch iPad mini available, which compliments the company's original 9.7-inch iPad model and offers customers a smaller-screen tablet experience. Furthermore, with 2012's iPhone 5, Apple increased the screen size of its smartphone from 3.5-inches to 4-inches. That being said, The Wall Street Journal now suggests that new iDevice sizes are indeed in the cards:
Apple and its Asian suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets, officials at the company's suppliers say. In recent months, Apple has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has also asked for screen designs for a new tablet device measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, they said.It's not yet known whether the larger-sized iDevices will ultimately enter into mass production, however. Of course, a larger array of iDevices - including bigger iPhones and iPads - will help Apple better compete against the likes of Samsung, whose Android-powered smart devices are available in a multitude of different sizes, including the much-loved "phablet" smartphone. More than 27 percent of iPhone fans noted earlier this year that a larger smartphone would be appreciated, and introducing such a product will remove the temptation to ditch iOS for the 5-inch screen of Samsung's Galaxy S4, or the 5.5-inch screen of its Galaxy Note 2. Whether larger iDevices will ultimately reach Apple Store shelves remains to be seen. As always, we'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Tapatalk 2 Updated With WordPress Integration, Dropbox Support And More, Security Researcher May Be The "Intruder" Behind Apple's Developer Center Shutdown, and Disney-Acquired Video-Sharing App Vlix To Shut Down By End Of Next Month.