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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 retrospooty on 5/18/2012 2:42:16 PM , Rating: 2
"I understand. Now that Apple's iPhone business is bigger than Microsoft's entire business the world must seem an odd place to you."

LOL, you are so one sided that you cant even comprehend someone that is not. My point is that Apple isnt "big" at all. Apple is highly profitable, but a relatively small company. You WAY overplay their importance, but then again, You are TS. What else would you do with your day if not overhyping Apple and defending their every move.

"I bet Steve Ballmer wished he hadn't laughed at the iPhone in public. He's such a clown."

True dat. LOL.

"Are you arguing that Microsoft is bigger than Apple using some sort of invisible and unmeasurable metric, some special and nebulous 'bigness' factor that MS will forever have and Apple never will"

??? unmeasurable ??? The entire world runs off MS's software inclusing every Apple maufacturing facility from the parts procurement, to logistics to accounting to shop floor, CRM, it goes on an on. MS does that all and supports it on an open platform with support staff on call to help businesses keep running. There isnt a comparison, MS far bigger , yes. If not for MS, there wouldnt be an Apple.

As far as Apple, like I have said, I am glad for their existence and success. It's hard for you to understand someone that isnt totally biased like you but I do think they have GREATLY improved the smartphone market. If not for the iPhone, Android and Winmobile wouldnt be so great. If not for Mac OSX Win 7 wouldnt be so great. They push better products to market and force everyone else to raise the bar. The latest great thing is high res screens. Now, because of Apple's product decisions we will all be getting better higher res screens on all of our products. But lets not make it like the world depends on Apple, because in the end they just make toys. MS makes business flow and keeps food in your belly and mine.

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