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Apple Tests Larger Screens for iPhone, Up to 13-Inches for iPad says WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal reports Apple has been asking its supply chain for larger prototype screens of its iPhone and iPad models, with requests for the latter going up to 13 inches:

Apple and its Asian suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets, officials at the company’s suppliers say.

In recent months, Apple has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has also asked for screen designs for a new tablet device measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, they said.

This rumour sounds familiar to a previous story in late May, where Korean publication ETNews claimed Apple was working on an ‘iPad maxi’, measuring 12.9-inches, as a possible replacement for textbooks in the classroom.

The WSJ also says Apple and its suppliers are gearing up production of a new iPad later this month, according to sources at component suppliers. The new 9.7-inch model is expected to be thinner and lighter due to a slimmer display, but sport the same resolution. Digitimes recently reported LG panel shipments are set to gear up for this fall, hinting at a new 9.7-inch iPad and possibly a Retina iPad mini debut in October.

As for the next iPhone, supplier officials said components have started to be mass produced as of last month; one source said Apple told Foxconn to prepare to ship new iPhones in August.

The rumours of a bigger iPhone will surely please Donald Trump. Again, Apple probably tests numerous prototypes that never make it to market, so this story possibly is just to please investors who want the company to release more (and bigger) products like its competitor, Samsung.

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  • Jesse James

    Larger iPhone screen what?!
    please am I awake? Nope, shit.
    So it’s 5:30 in the morning, was out like a giant Sams@#%s, ugg, cough, sputter, gagg… screens light.
    Having this Sony inspired Zzzzzzzz…. But about a HUGE iPhone Haha.
    Up for work now reading and seeing this news, I still sadly feel, Given Apples past track record (At least I won’t get my hopes up, We have all done that too many times) that a large ass screen iPhone is still…
    a really, Really, sexy wet dream.

  • yvrgal

    I think it’s about time. I just abandoned my iPhone 5 for a Samsung Ativ S with Windows Mobile. Next to IOS I actually like WM8. It’s fun to use. Don’t get me wrong. I still love Apple but until they innovate once again, my next phone will be an iPhone.

  • Chrome262

    I can see this for other things, like the iPad, but I don’t see the phone getting much bigger, maybe slightly more, but the then they would lose the hole fits in your hand thing. Seriously any bigger for me is just useless, the phone works perfectly and is the right size. The res looks amazing and iOS 7 will make it even better. If it gets too big I hope they offer the current size as well. The whole point of a smart phone for me was to have everything I needed in my pocket, if Its to big for that, then I might as well just carry my lap top, or buy a tablet.
    To be fair though, I know some people want something bigger, I just hope not to big.

  • I think the news here would be that they’re just now testing larger screens for the iPhone, which if true, would definitely rule out the possibility of a bigger screen on the iPhone this year, and probably next year as well, since most of these phones are developed over the course of a few years.

  • So innovation is having a larger screen?

  • Zapperman

    Did you not read/ understand her comment?? She talks about WM8 being fun to use next to iOS when talking about innovation, not just screen size.

  • It’s kinda confusing, because the comment starts with “I think it’s about time,” and then moves on to talk about abandoning an iPhone for a Samsung phone with a larger screen, indicating she made the switch because of the larger screen. She then says “NEXT TO iOS I actually like WM8” which I read as “if I can’t have iOS, WM8 is a pretty close second,” however I now realize I probably misread that. Then she says that until Apple innovates, she’s going to be getting an iPhone, which I assume is a typo, but it still adds to the confusion.

    So I thought I’d try and clarify if she means they need to innovate the screen size (which I read to be the reason she switched) or if she meant they need to innovate the iOS, which I didn’t initially think she liked as much but now I realize is probably what she was referring to.

  • WatDah

    I couldn’t agree more.

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