A new report out today from The Wall Street Journal says that Apple is now in the process of testing large screens, along with their suppliers, for both the iPhone and the iPad. Apparently one of their Asian suppliers has been asked to supply a range of sizes for testing purposes. They are asking for iPhone screens that are bigger than the current 4” and larger iPad screens, one measuring around 13”. At the moment, the largest iPad is 9.7” while the iPad Mini has a 7.9” display screen.
As per usual with these reports we get the usual disclaimer that Apple is always testing out new designs as they refine the product during development. So, it’s perfectly possible that these large screens will never make it onto any device that we will be able to purchase.
On the other hand, there have been quite a few reports about larger iPhone’s, with Apple apparently testing screen sizes up to 5.7”. This is despite the fact that the Cupertino Company said they would never consider larger displays.
The iPad screen of 13” isn’t particularly anything new either as we’ve already seen reports of the iPad Maxi, a 12.9” iPad, rumored earlier this year. Although at the time most laughed at the idea it perhaps may not be so crazy now.
It’s looking more and more likely that Apple is now trying to do away with their “one size fits all” policy. Perhaps market pressure has finally got to them; many of the latest smartphones and tablets are now being released with much larger screens and maybe Apple feels as though they are going to be left behind. Or perhaps they think it’s what the market wants to see and they want in on the act.
However, not to put a dampener on things, we won’t be seeing any oversize iPads or iPhones any time soon, at least not until next year at the earliest. The iPhone 6 may well be the first model to have the large screen and that is expected to be released later on in 2014.
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Source : Wall Street Journal