WSJ: Apple testing 13-inch iPad, larger iPhones

By , Jul 22, 2013

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Apple and its suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The outlet claims the Cupertino company has asked its Asian partners for a wide range of screen sizes for prototype devices.

In recent months, Apple has requested smartphone screens larger than 4 inches—the size of the displays on its current iPhone and iPod, as well as screen designs for a new tablet device that is said to measure slightly less than 13 inches diagonally…

The Journal’s Lorraine Luk has the scoop:

“Apple Inc. AAPL -1.58% 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. 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.”

Of course, Luk is quick to tag the news with the boilerplate disclaimer: “Apple regularly tests different designs for its products as it refines them during development.” So keep that in mind, as it’s possible these ‘prototype devices’ will never see the light of day.

iPhone 6 mockup (Martin Hajek 007)concept by Martin Hajek

It’s worth noting, however, that the claims aren’t unsubstantiated. We’ve heard a number of reports now that Apple is working on iPhones with various display sizes. In June, Reuters said it was testing handsets with screens ranging between 4.7 and 5.7-inches.

And even the 13-inch tablet idea doesn’t come without prior art. In May, a story made its way around the web that Apple was building a 12.9-inch ‘iPad Maxi.’ Admittedly, we called this rumor ‘crazy,’ but it appears that there’s at least some truth to the matter.

The key takeaway here is that it looks like Apple is no longer ok with the status quo. They’re no longer convinced that the iPhone should just be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ handset, and are at least open to the idea of expanding the line like it has its iPod and iPad.

Don’t get too excited though. We won’t likely see the fruit of this new thinking until next year, at the earliest. This year’s model, the iPhone 5S, is expected to feature the same hardware design and screen size as last year’s model with a few modest enhancements.

What do you make of all of this? Will Apple release an iPhone with a larger display? And what about this 13-inch iPad?

Image credit: marco arment

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  • RarestName

    They will always say that they won’t do it, but they will end up selling one anyway.

    Examples:
    iPhone 5 (screen size)
    iPad Mini (Smaller iPad)
    iOS 7 (UI Overhaul)

    • Piyush

      because people demand it , even apple has to bow down to demand.

    • Chindavon

      And they always end up doing it better than their competition.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Exactly.

    • Jack Wong

      iPhone 5 screen size – still my thumb coverage, I can still use the phone with 1 hand.

      iPad mini – why no 5″, 6″, 7″ and 8″ like the others?

      iOS7 – iOS should stick with the same interface for the rest of the life?

      I don’t care about any size of the iPad because I don’t need one.

      I don’t want to pay another internet bill.

  • MyFlammingSkull

    Cody! meh! After steve job’s death all they think about is big big big tall tall tall!

    • LH2613

      LOL!

  • Schryliam

    Apple is going rogue

  • MarcPhilippeB

    That’s what happend with every product they had. different MacBook sizez, different iPods, different iPads,.. natural development.

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Thats apple for you change the outside but software doesnt get updated iOS7 Is crap.

    • Maxim∑

      yeah your right iOS 7 is not a software update…. /s

      iOS 7 is far from being crap, crap is the wrong word to use.

  • Razick Rilshad

    Yes we need a bigger size iphone

  • Guest

    People have to stop complaining about changes, they always say these rumors sucks but end up buying and liking anyway.

    Changes are necessary. If you think certain product is good enough for you, it’s ok, but some people really need something more portable or the oposite.

    I think a iPad “maxi” will be great to show the pictures and movies that I shot with my Canon 7D, retina display is really awesome for these things, even more in an larger display.

    So if Apple make it real remember that you’re not the only to buy or need these things.

    • Julio Cesar

      ??? Or it’s a bug or someone just copied my comment before I deleted to fix the last phrase.

      • leart za jmi

        Haha, no its you, its common bug

  • Julio Cesar

    People have to stop complaining about changes, they always say these rumors sucks but end up buying and liking anyway.

    Changes are necessary. If you think certain product is good enough for you, it’s ok, but some people really need something more portable or the oposite.

    I think a iPad “maxi” will be great to show the pictures and movies that I shot with my Canon 7D, retina display is really awesome for these things, even more in an larger display.

    So if Apple make it real remember that you’re not the only one to buy or need these things.

  • M Last

    ipad 13″?

    I don’t believe it
    who needs 13″ ipad?

    • Julio Cesar

      Hi, I’m a photographer, videographer and developer.

      I believe a 13-inch iPad would be perfect to show my work and portfolio quickly from my Canon 7D to the iPad with the Apple Camera Kit.

    • twited21

      13 inch ipad with LTE would suit me down to the ground travel and work always mingle in my job so a bigger display would make my life allot easier

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Yes!!

  • Craig Wayman

    If they want to keep me they better not up the screen size. I don’t understand why Droid lovers, like those bigg ass screens? I like to be able to put my phone in my pocket. Every Droid person I see carries their phone on their belt or in their hand…. F That noise!

    • Rowan09

      I agree with screens being too big, but I don’t believe they will forget about the 4″ screens, they’ll just add to the catalog.

      • Johnathan Jennings

        Quality over Quantity, sir. I know Steve Jobs is gone, but Apple will never make a fleet of phones.

      • Rowan09

        I agree but havingan iPhone with 4″ screen (5 & 5S) with addinga 4.5-.7″ screen is possible. I do not want to see a 5.5 inch or higher iPhone that’s just stupid, but that’s my opinion.

    • Dan

      My Note 2 fits in my jeans pockets and it’s 5.5”. I don’t wear baggy jeans either.

      • Craig Wayman

        There is no way that fits comfortably. but hey power to you if you like it.

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    As long as they do it the RIGHT way and I can still fit my iPhone inside my jean’s pocket, I’m OK with it.
    But please, I don’t want to end up having a phablet instead of a phone. Apple, FYI.

  • Gal916

    Sounds good ! I hope the rumor will come true !

  • blastingbigairs

    God I would love to have a 5″ iPhone screen. Sign me up now!!!!