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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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RE: Larger screen does not mean larger phone
By elleehswon on 5/18/2012 10:37:57 AM , Rating: 1
Apple went with a smaller screen because smaller screen = less battery drain at the hands of the display and they're cheaper to manufacture. The drain hasn't really changed though both android and ios have come a long way as far as OS optimization, along with (and i use the term loosely) "smarter" hardware. because of this, going to a larger screen isn't nearly as much of a hindrance as it was. This seems to be in line with creating more real-estate to drop a 4G radio in(way to go, apple, you're only 2 years behind everyone else) and a larger battery to offset the draw.

also, macdevdude. Do me a favor, find someone with an amoled display and walk outside with them. in clear daylight, you tell me which screen is 1000x easier to read.

plenty of manufacturers have been "doing a larger display right". as far as lcd non pentile displays, the HTC holds that title with the highest PPI of any phone on the market. as far as amoled screens go, i'm not certain who has the highest ppi currently.


RE: Larger screen does not mean larger phone
By zephyrprime on 5/18/2012 2:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well, they do have LED backlight so that let's then get away with a bigger screen versus the first gen iphone which I presume had a ccfl backlight?


By elleehswon on 5/18/2012 8:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
granted, led backlights use less energy, but it's still scales with display size. Sorry, that's what i was trying to get at.


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