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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 Solandri on 5/18/2012 6:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
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'Retina' has a real scientific meaning - that being the level of pixels required such that the human eye can't distinguish the pixels at normal viewing distance.

I've underlined why your definition is not scientific. Put a number on "normal" viewing distance and it can be scientific. But then your definition is invalid if the phone is held at any closer distance. That's why a "retina" display is just a marketing gimmick. For something to be a true "retina" display, it has to have angular resolution higher than the eye's at all viewing distances.

Also, there's a lot more going on with vision than just angular resolution. Off the top of my head: color perception has different resolution, there's binocular vision to enhance resolution, edge enhancement to trick your brain into thinking there's more resolution (the "sharpness" setting on TVs does this). e.g. NTSC and JPEG take advantage of your lower color resolution to pack a picture into fewer bits without (perceptibly) degrading image quality.


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