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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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Ignorant
By name99 on 7/22/2013 1:34:07 PM , Rating: 0
"Apple is finally breaking its mold and testing different screen sizes for its mobile gadgets like the iPhone and iPad.
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This is a big step for Apple, and further shows how much has changed since former CEO Steve Jobs left the company."

This is just MASSIVELY ignorant. Apple has ALWAYS done this under Jobs. The pattern was ALWAYS to introduce a product in what is assumed to be the most popular form, observe how it is used, then introduce variants which better match certain use cases.

The Powerbook was first introduced at 15", stayed there for a while, then branched off to 12" and 17" variants.
The iPod was introduced at the "classic" size, then came the mini, then the nano and shuffle.
The iMac started off as a single size (the old CRT version), a single size (the Luxo Jr version), then branched into 20" and 24" screen versions (24" now upped to 27").

To assume this was never going to happen to either iPhone or iPad was just stupid.
(And, as I have tried to point out a billion times, Jobs, like any CEO, did not make public statements because he believed them, he made those statements for some business purpose, generally to confuse the competition.)




RE: Ignorant
By TakinYourPoints on 7/23/2013 3:04:11 AM , Rating: 2
No, don't you see, Apple is doing this only as a reaction to companies that sell fewer units of competing devices and make less money. You know, because blogs and fanboys say so. Apple has never branched off variants of existing products.

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