WSJ: Apple Working on an iPhone with a Screen Size up to 6" Diagonally
According to Wall Street Journal
reporter Ian Sherr, Apple is reportedly testing a variety of next-generation iPhones with larger screen sizes, with some being up to six inches diagonally. That being said, the devices aren’t expected to roll out at next week’s media event as the idea is still in the conceptual stage. For those of you who didn’t already know, the large-format smartphones, which are also called “phablets” with display sizes ranging from 4.8 inches to 6 inches, similar to products made by Apple’s rival, Samsung.
The sources claim internal discussions are finding Apple to be more open to launching a phablet iPhone. The company just last year upped the smartphone’s screen to a 4-inch panel, the first such change in display size since the iPhone first hit the market in 2007. Component suppliers say Apple has become particularly interested in the 4.8-inch form factor after recent tests. Similar rumors were conveyed by the WSJ
in July, reporting that larger format iPhones may also be joined by a 13-inch iPad.
During Apple’s quarterly conference call in April, Tim Cook was asked about the possibility of an iPhone phablet. He said the company would not ship a device with a larger screen until solutions are found for certain ‘trade-offs,” including battery life, color reproduction and longevity among others. Cook didn’t comment on whether Apple is experimenting with bigger iPhone products, though it can be speculated that the company is at least toying with the idea.
We’ll just have to wait patiently until more concrete information is released.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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