WSJ: Apple Testing 13-Inch iPad And Larger iPhone [Report]

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The iFamily is looking to diversify.

Apple is prototyping larger versions of the iPad and iPhone, according to The Wall Street Journal’s supply chain sources overseas. Details are scare, but the report states that Apple is considering a 13-inch display for the iPad, which would be quite the increase from the current 9.7-inch display.

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. The current iPhone 5 has a four-inch screen, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad Mini, a stripped-down version of its tablet computer, has a 7.9-inch screen.

It’s important to note that Apple often prototypes all kinds of devices that never see the light of day, so this doesn’t mean that the company will ship a MacBook-sized iPad anytime soon.  The Journal says that this piece of news points to pressure from Samsung, but the likely story is that Apple just likes to experiment with different form factors.

A larger iPhone has been circulating in the rumor mill for quite awhile, with some reports suggesting that Apple is looking at screens larger than 5 inches. And the infamous ‘iPad Maxi’ rumor from several months ago got quite a bit of attention.

The iPhone 5S is on track for this fall with upgraded specs alongside a cheaper, ‘budget’ iPhone model. The fifth-gen iPad is expected to retain the same screen size with a thinner profile. Opinions have been rather split on the second-gen iPad mini, with some saying that we’ll see a Retina version either this year or 2014.

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  • djmannyc

    Bring on the iPhone XL !!!!!!

  • Alan

    Details scare me too!

  • Adrayven

    I still think the 13″ iPad is Apple playing with a Hybrid iOS / Macbook Air.. Runs iOS when detached, OS X when attached..

    Apple a while back posted a patent based on a detachable keyboard.. Similar to the Asus Transformer. Apple would have the moxie to push something like that…

  • trudderham

    I can see this happening, Apple isn’t the type of company to let a produce line stagnate by sticking to one screen size or resolution (even if Steve did say 3.5″ is the perfect size). It could also help new apps emerge, as mentioned in this article: http://iosguides.net/larger-iphone-reinvigorate-app-store/

  • Shane Bryson

    Nope. Totally false on the iPad rumor. I’ll believe the larger iPhone, but the iPad will get no larger. Use an iPad mini for 5 minutes and your will quickly realize that normal iPad is far too large already.

  • gibius

    While just a rumor, I can see this happening. If you look at the companion app with Logic X that apple released, there a decent market for large format touch screen interfaces.

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