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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 blasted competitors like Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) for 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".

Well, with Mr. Jobs gone, it appears Apple is finally ready to "follow in Android's line" and make its own "Hummer" phone.

Reports from ReutersThe 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.

MacRumors recently published 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 published 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 Liberty Times (English translation) is reporting that Apple will be selling a "Mini iPad" later this year, in the 7-inch niche.
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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,, Inc.'s (AMZN) Kindle Fire has seen hot sales at the $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 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.

Well get that sandpaper ready, Apple faithful, because a small iPad may be on its way.

Sources: Mac Rumors, 9 to 5 Mac

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RE: Out of context?
By nolisi on 5/23/2012 1:47:38 PM , Rating: 3
by actually doing nothing much of substance, certainly not anything unique or even that interesting.

I'm sorry to inform you of this, Tony, they haven't done anything unique. There isn't one part of the iPhone or iPad that isn't an idea leveraged, borrowed, or taken from somewhere else.

Multitouch has been experimented with (1970's) long before the iPhone was ever concieved.

Egghead software was the original App store. The T-Mobile Sidekick featured the "Download Catalog" which had its own SDK for third parties, which preceded the iPhone + App store by several years.

Tablets and touchscreen phones existed in various forms prior to the iPhone/iPad.

The iPhone itself had to utilize many of Google's services to be useful.

The only thing Apple did was take all these ideas, and create product under a popular brand name.

The correct analogy is this: Apple didn't summit Everest, they simply bought the backpack and climbing gear companies and eventually hired the guy who actually summitted Everest after he did it, then threw their logo feces all over them like a crazed marketing monkey.

RE: Out of context?
By retrospooty on 5/23/2012 2:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... I will give 'em this. They do a great job at leveraging existing tech and putting it in to mobile products that people want and that push the industry to higher standards. We all owe Apple a thanks for that... But its not worthy of worship on Tony's level. Its just a company for fart sakes.

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