Report: Apple Testing Larger iPhone Screens, 13-inch iPad
July 22, 2013 9:33 AM
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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.
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.
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.
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: Larger Screens?
7/23/2013 5:56:19 PM
I'm not saying that Apple outright created mp3 players, tablets, or even smartphones. But they absolutely created the large market base for these types of devices to thrive. Do you think Samsung came up with the Galaxy line of smartphones to compete with Blackberry, Palm or Symbian? Did Microsoft create the Zune to compete with Creative or Sony? Of course not. And tablets had been given up for dead as a product segment several years before the iPad was released. Remember the old Windows XP tablets around 2003? They were interesting but not very usable as a tablet and manufacturers abandoned them pretty quickly.
If we're being completely honest here, Google's Android, Samsung's smartphone and tablet series, Microsoft's Surface/Metro OS, Amazon's Kindle Fire, none of these would exist in any meaningful way without Apple's iOS devices establishing the market for them first.
"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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