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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: Apple fans need to soak in that headline...
By Tony Swash on 5/18/2012 11:28:24 AM , Rating: -1
"Apple aims to follow Android..." Get used to it guys! Apple is no longer leading in ANY meaningful way. They will be "following Android" from here on out!

You mean "Apple is no longer leading in ANY meaningful way" other than than in taking 70% of the entire profits for the world phone market, having the biggest and most robust mobile device developer community, selling the handsets that hold the top three positions for numbers sold globally, selling 70% of all tablets sold globally, having over 60% of all mobile internet traffic, selling the phone that is also the top camera in terms of usage on Flickr, having the world's largest library of digital material available for their devices, running the worlds most successful and profitable retail operation? Yeah I guess if you don't count any of that then Apple is trailing a bit :)

In order to grasp by how much Apple's iOS business dwarfs the Android business look at these two articles:

The Android Income Statement

Android Revenues in Perspective

By jnemesh on 5/18/2012 12:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's for now. Without NEW, TRULY INNOVATIVE products shipping, their market share will continue to slide.

Here's another great stat for you. Samsung's Galaxy S III has 9 MILLION pre-orders so far, excluding ANY US pre-orders, and there is still 2 weeks left before launch!

Again, unless the ghost of Jobs comes back to get things going, I dont see Apple going anywhere but down from here.

By DrChemist on 5/18/2012 1:04:38 PM , Rating: 2
Apple pays ~$200-250 per iPhone. They charge well over $700+. In the US the carrier subsidizes most of it. That's a huge profit margin. That is why they are a bubble company in my opinion. Ride the train for a while and make some money. But when the bubble bursts the shares will slide. Saturation and loss will happen in the next 5 years.

Other manufacturers will sell them with a smaller profit margin to sell more as they don't get as much subsidies from the carriers and have to work with them on price more. Not to mention they don't have an undying farm of iSheep buying every turd that comes out of Jobs dead behind.

Why do you think AT&T has come out and said that subsidies for the iPhone are killing them for making a profit. In fact they are pushing the Nokia Lumia 900 so much because of it since the phone is inexpensive and still a fast phone.

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