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It's taking a lesson or two from the Samsung playbook

Apple is finally breaking its mold and testing different screen sizes for its mobile gadgets like the iPhone and iPad. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has asked its Asian suppliers for larger prototypes of its smartphone and tablet screens. The Cupertino, Calif. company wants prototype screens for the iPhone to be larger than 4 inches, and the prototype screens for the iPad to be just under 13 inches diagonally.

Currently, the iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, and the iPad's screen measures 9.7 inches. The iPad mini has a 7.9-inch screen.

This is a big step for Apple, and further shows how much has changed since former CEO Steve Jobs left the company. Jobs used to say that an iPhone screen size any larger than 3.5 inches (which was the screen size for all iPhones up until the iPhone 5) didn't make sense. He insisted it was the perfect size for holding it in your hand.


But Apple is now watching competitors like Samsung offer screens of various sizes for both smartphones and tablets, and customers are responding favorably to it. It offers consumers a variety to choose from, depending on what's best for them and their needs. 

This method seems to be working for Samsung. The Android-powered device maker now has 33.1 percent of the smartphone market worldwide while Apple only has 17.9 percent worldwide.

Apple still holds the top spot for tablet market share, though. As of Q1 2013, Apple had 39.6 percent of the market while Samsung only had 17.9 percent. However, Apple's tablet market share fell from 58.1 percent in the year-ago quarter while Samsung's market share grew from 11.3 percent in that same time period. 

Last month, Reuters reported that Apple was looking to launch two new iPhone screen sizes next year: 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch versions.

It also reported that Apple wanted to release a more affordable iPhone -- possibly with a $99 price tag and a variety of colors. 

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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This just in...
By inperfectdarkness on 7/22/2013 1:08:35 PM , Rating: 2
The new 13" iPad will be called the "maxiPad".

p.s.

Still no > 1080p screens in 14-18", outside of the MBP. Is the laptop industry totally dead?




RE: This just in...
By drumsticks on 7/22/2013 5:43:06 PM , Rating: 2
Past 13" *most* laptops are made for gaming nowadays, unless you consider the bargain bin stuff where you obvious won't get high resolution. Considering mobile gaming isn't nearly as powerful as desktop gaming (although it's made huge strides lately) 1080p makes sense. I wouldn't want to have to reduce settings just because my laptop has a 3200x1800 screen.

As for work - Dell just announced a 3200x1800 Precision laptop. Outside of that, I don't really see many reasons for a high res, big laptop, since you don't actually need high res while gaming.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/3200x1800-Dell-Pe...


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