Next Gen iPhone Screen Specs Leak, Apple to Reportedly Deliver Mini Tablet
May 22, 2012 6:33 PM
iPhone rumored to have 16:9 aspect ratio either a 3.999 inch or 4.1 inch screen
Late Apple CEO Steven P. Jobs once
competitors like Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
making larger phones
. He called larger handsets "Hummer" phones, remarking "you can't get your hand around it" and "no one's going to buy that".
Mr. Jobs gone
, it appears Apple is finally ready to "follow in Android's line" and make its own "Hummer" phone.
The Wall Street Journal
, and various blogs are unanimous that Apple is cooking up a larger smartphone for its sixth generation iPhone and iPod Touch. What the various sources can't seem to agree upon is the precise details of the larger display, which is reportedly sourced to multiple South Korean and Japanese display manufacturers.
a report, based on supposedly leaked parts pictures, indicating that the display will have a diagonal of 4.1-inches and that "the display would be taller than the current model". The latter indicates a change in aspect ratio.
9 to 5 Mac
slightly different details. While it agrees an aspect ratio change (from 3:2 to 16:9) is incoming, it argues that the new display will be 3.999 inches in diagonal (1.9632 in. wide x 3.484 in. tall). It bases its report on alleged insider leaks from Apple, where prototypes are reportedly being tested.
To add to the chaos and confusion
Taiwan news outlet
) is reporting that Apple will be selling a "Mini iPad" later this year, in the 7-inch niche.
An imaginative render of the 7-inch "mini iPad" [Image Source: CNET]
A 7-inch iPad variant could do very well, particularly at a correspondingly lower price point. After all, Amazon.com, Inc.'s (
) Kindle Fire has
seen hot sales
$199 USD mark
A mini iPad would have likely caused the late Mr. Jobs much consternation. Mr. Jobs was also a notoriously staunch critic of smaller tablets. In a late 2010 rant he
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.
Well get that sandpaper ready, Apple faithful, because a small iPad may be on its way.
9 to 5 Mac
"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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