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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 name99 on 5/23/2012 4:12:31 PM , Rating: 3
Corning, the makers of Gorilla glass, has never made glass for Apple products. Gorilla glass was used in many models of phones and PDAs before Apple even thought of mobile computing. The generic name for Gorilla glass is Aluminosilicate glass, of which Apple does use, but it's not made by Corning.

The CEO of Corning, Wendell Weeks, has publicly stated that
(a) Corning designed a new glass for the iPhone, at the request of, and based on the specs of Apple.
(b) This is based on "Chemcor" brand glass, invented in the 1960s, but which found little practical application and so was not much sold after some initial trials. It was called gorilla glass internally, but had no real branding behind it --- because it was not being sold.

So, to summarize.
- Corning HAS made glass for Apple products.
- Apple not only pushed for a better version of gorilla glass, they provided a commercial market for it.
- It was not used by any damn PDAs or phones before Apple.

Apple phones after the first iPhone have not used Gorilla glass. I don't know what they use, but presumably Apple found something they consider even better. This may be how this ridiculous idea arose that Apple was not involved in the creation of Gorilla glass.
Given the new improved Gorilla glass 2 that Corning unveiled a few months ago, iPad3 may be using this new Gorilla glass, along with the next iPhone.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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