Apple testing larger screens for iPhone and iPad

Last week we mentioned that the new iPhone could have a subtle screen size boost, but according to the Wall Street Journal, that could be the tip of the iceberg.

It claims that Apple and its Asian suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets. Specifically, 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.

Asking for and testing screens is one thing. Getting them to market is another thing altogether. However, the tests do point to Apple looking at ways of diversifying and expanding its range of mobile devices, especially in light of its biggest rival (Samsung) delivering a seemingly endless stream of smartphones and tablets covering all sizes and budgets. That has allowed Samsung to leapfrog Apple in the smartphone market, although Apple still leads the way in tablets.

Apple still doesn't have a 'phablet' device, unlike many of its competitors. Creating such a device is likely to be a hugely popular move, so we really wouldn't be surprised if Apple was investigating one ahead of next year's launches.

In the more immediate future, we're likely to see a refresh of the iPhone with the iPhone 5S and a new iPad design on the market. Both should land in September.

Source: WSJ

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