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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.
mini iPad
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 (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 testerguy on 5/29/2012 2:48:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
"The generic name for Gorilla glass is Aluminosilicate glass, of which Apple does use, but it's not made by Corning." Sadly, your clear and concise statement of fact will do little to dispel the myth that Apple "innovated" gorilla glass or the smartphone in general among these zealots. They see what they want to see and think what they want to think. The bottom line... Apple purchased a good buch of tech and wrapped it up into a nice package making a good product, and they continue to do so. They didnt invent squat, and they dont innovate. They do put together good products that people want to buy, so kudos for that, but that is all it is.


Could you both be any more moronic, or fundamentally wrong?

Corning has a plaque on their wall from Steve Jobs saying 'we couldn't have done it without you'.

Apple has confirmed in a job listing that they use Corning glass in all of their tablets and phones.

Furthermore, from Steve Jobs' autobiography:
quote:
Jobs decribed the type of glass Apple wanted for the iPhone, and Weeks told him that Corning had developed a chemical exchange process in the 1960s that led to what they dubbed "gorilla glass". It was incredibly strong, but it had never found a market, so Corning quit making it. Jobs said he doubted it wasd good enough, and he started explaining to Weeks how glass was made. This amused Weeks, who of course knew more than Jobs about that topic. "Can you shut up," Weeks interjected, "and let me teach you some science?" Jobs was taken aback and fell silent. Weeks went on to the whiteboard and gave a tutorial on the chemistry, which involved ion-exchange process that produced a compression layer on the surface of the glass. This turned Jobs around, and he said he wanted as much gorilla glass as Corning could make within six months. "We don't have the capacity," Weeks replied. "None of our plants make the glass now." "Don't be afraid," Jobs replied. This stunned Weeks, who was good-humoured and confident, but not used to Jobs's reality distortion field. He tried to explain that a false sense of confidence would not overcome engineering challenges, but that was a premise that Jobs had repeatedly shown he didn't accept. He stared at Weeks un-blinking. "Yes, you can do it", he said. "Get your mind around it. You can do it." As Weeks retold this story, he shook his head in astonishment. "We did it in under six months," he said. "We produced a glass that had never been made." Corning's facility in Harrisburg, Kentucky, which had been making LCD displays, was converted overnight to make gorilla glass full-time. "We put our best scientists and engineers on it, and we just made it work." In his airy office, Weeks had just one framed memento on display. It's a message Jobs sent the day the iPhone came out: "We couldn't have done it without you.


The only reason you have Gorilla glass in any phone is down to Apple and Jobs. What's ironic is retrospooty actually labelled his and the original reply to my comments drivel as 'concise statement of fact'. There are some seriously retarded people on these forums.


RE: Out of context?
By retrospooty on 5/29/2012 12:31:16 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... So you read Steve Jobs autobiography? Point #1 that you are ridiculous. Point #2 being that you take info in it as fact.

You dont seem to be aware the man wasn't stable, and that his ego warped facts in his mind.

I am really tiring of the dis-information you are spreading on my favorite website. Your agenda here is nothing but a joke to the vast majority of us who see through you.


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