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Steve Jobs was firm opponent to larger smartphones or smaller tablets, said Android was making a mistake

Late Apple, Inc. (AAPL) CEO Steven P. Jobs once infamously launched into a rant about why Apple only offered two size screens in its mobile lineup -- a 3.5-inch smartphone and a 10-inch tablet.

He commented, "The reason we wouldn't make a 7-inch tablet isn't because we don't want to hit a price point, it's because we don't think you can make a great tablet with a 7-inch screen.  The 7-inch tablets are tweeners, too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad.  [Increasing screen resolution on small devices is] meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size."

"There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them.  This is one of the key reasons we think the 10-inch screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps."

But with Mr. Jobs' passing, it appears Apple is finally on the verge of following in Android's footsteps and giving many of its customers what they want -- a larger screen.

Reuters has offered confirmation from unnamed sources that the Wall Street Journal's report regarding a 4+ inch iPhone was accurate.  The sources confirm that Apple placed a large order on displays that "will measure 4 inches from corner to corner."

The Reuters report suggests that orders were placed with both South Korean and Japanese display providers, suggesting Apple is looking for a quick turnaround -- all signs pointing to hardware for a soon-to-launch product.

A 4-inch display would give the iPhone 30 percent more space and would help Apple keep up with Android and offer options for users with larger, less pixiesque fingers.

Of course these are just rumors, but it sounds like pretty much everyone is sure that Apple will be bumping its screen size after long admonishing Android for its diverse lineup of larger screen smartphones and mini-tablets.

Source: Reuters

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By EnzoFX on 5/17/2012 6:38:42 PM , Rating: -1
I agree with the other comments. I think you have to be reaching to get on their case about not making different screen sizes before.

Obviously they had to pick one size when the first one came out. 3.5" was a great size then. Obviously they didn't want to be changing too much hardware too fast, or rather too drastically where it would hurt the software. Like having to change resolutions or aspect ratios. This is why it stuck so long. The only possible thing they could have done was offer larger screen phones while still offering the 3.5" but that's never been their model has it? Apple is not about fragmentation.

RE: Seriously
By JasonMick on 5/17/2012 6:43:52 PM , Rating: 5
I agree with the other comments. I think you have to be reaching to get on their case about not making different screen sizes before.
Not getting on their case, just acknowledging Jobs' well known preference for having only two screen sizes.

I'm not alone in acknowledging that:
Steve Jobs, who died late last year after battling cancer, was reluctant to have a range of different screen sizes because it could make apps and web pages render badly, and the temperamental CEO was famously keen on whittling down product lines.
Which brings me to the question of ‘What Would Steve Do?’ Jobs detested tiny tablet screens, saying consumers would have to sand down their fingertips in order to move objects. The opposite would likely be true for larger smartphone screens. The 3.5-inch display is perfect for the average human hand — anything larger and using the screen literally becomes a reach.

So, will the next iPhone have a larger screen? Probably. But we’re unlikely to see an iPhone with a 4-inch screen. Which is how Apple has always kept ahead of its opponents, by zigging when everyone else is zagging.
But what is interesting is their buried claim that the iPhone 5 was spiked because Jobs thought a new, differing screen size would ruin the iPhone line. It'd fragment it. It'd Android-ize it—and anything resembling Android would be anathema to Jobs.

But by all means, don't let me stop the complain train... continue on.

RE: Seriously
By EnzoFX on 5/17/2012 7:11:10 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say you were getting on their case. It was in anticipation of all the typical useless comments on here, such as "I thought 3.5" was forever perfect" or to that effect, etc.

RE: Seriously
By EnzoFX on 5/17/2012 7:15:39 PM , Rating: 2
and there's nothing wrong with that preference if you think about the big picture. Smartphones are relatively young, they chose a focused effort, and it's paid off. Maybe now they can branch out. Until then, evolution makes sense. If Jobs were around, I'm sure the iPhone would see an evolution sooner or later under his direction no less.

RE: Seriously
By Tony Swash on 5/18/12, Rating: 0
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