Apple iPhones, iPads With Larger Screens in Testing: WSJ
The report comes as the iPhone 5S—the upcoming refresh of the handset--is expected to hit store shelves later this year.Consumer electronics giant Apple—the company behind the popular iPhone and iPad devices and that is facing competition from companies like Samsung, Sony and HTC and their smartphones and tablets with larger screens—is reportedly working on versions of the iPhone and iPad with larger screen sizes, according to The Wall Street Journal. Quoting unnamed officials at Apple's suppliers, the article said the company asked the suppliers to provide a prototype iPhone boasting a larger screen than the current 4-inch display found on the fifth edition of the device, as well as an iPad tablet with a diagonal screen size of just under 13 inches, a sizable boost from the 9.7-inch screen found on the full-size iPad. "In the long run, we will see touch screens in all sizes as the future vision of the technology industry is to offer the same user experience across all screens," IDC analyst Helen Chiang told the paper. "The key is to bring down the cost and compelling applications for large-screen devices." The report comes as the iPhone 5S—the upcoming refresh of the handset—is expected to hit store shelves later this year. Exactly when, however, is unknown. Some reports have suggested that the device will ship this summer since the handset will come with the same basic design as its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S is expected to feature an upgrade to an A7 system-on-a-chip, a fingerprint sensor and camera improvements, such as an f2.0 aperture and a smart LED flash.
In addition, Apple could be considering launching a redesigned version of the iPhone, known as the "iPhone Mini." The rumors began just a few months after Apple launched the iPad Mini to appeal to customers looking for a more compact tablet that costs less than the full-size model.