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Apple testing various iPhablet sizes up to 6-inches

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Apple testing various iPhablet sizes up to 6-inches
A new report from The Wall Street Journal is telling us what we already knew, but giving a bit more information than we had before. We were pretty sure that Apple was working on a potential iPhablet, though we never had proof; and, we knew that the device would not be part of the announcement that will happen next week on September 10th. But, now we know more about the sizes that Apple is testing out.

According to WSJ, Apple is testing out various sizes for the iPhablet that range from 4.8-inches all the way up to 6-inches. We're not really sure that 4.8-inches should even be considered a phablet, even considering the largest iPhone available now is just 4-inches. It's possible that Apple has a different definition; but, the report also mentions that Apple is testing a 4.8-inch iPhone, so it could just be an oddity of the report itself. 

The current set of phablets on the market range from 5.5-inches (Samsung Galaxy Note II) all the way up to 6.3-inches (Samsung Galaxy Mega). So, it's clear who Apple would be going after with this move. While there are other good phablets on the market, like the Huawei Ascend Mate, Samsung basically has the phablet market on lock with the Note. 

There's no word on when Apple is planning to release said iPhablet, but it likely won't be any time soon if Apple is still in the testing phase. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 05 Sep 2013, 16:52 4

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'll definitely look at iPhones again once they up the screen size. Pretty happy with my S4 right now.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:04 17

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Sorry but 4.8" is NOT considered as phablet... The Dell "Streak" started the phablet era at 5"... Samsung perfected the marketing of it at 5.3"... So anything under 5" is just a large phone... Apple even joined that category late.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:23

23. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 384; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


I don't mind Apple bringing a larger screen size to the market, but I hope they don't make a phablet. Lets be honest: A phablet is not a phone anymore. Why do you never see someone actually making a call with such a device in the respective advertisements? Because holding such a big device to once ear looks stupid. Its like humans evolve back to the 80s or early 90s. Let a phone be a phone (smartphone of course) with a size that fits good in once pocket and let a small tablet be a small tablet that is better for long reading. Just my opinion of course.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 22:05 1

43. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 168; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


My Note 2 fits fairly well in my hand, and holding it up to my face proves to be well worth its size. Quite honestly, I love my Note and I'd gladly fork over the money for the Note 3, I just don't see much reason to do so when my current handset has proven to be a workhorse. Think I'm going to look into the G2 just to be 'different', I guess you could say. I see no shame in swapping between the 2 every couple months. We're all phone and gadget fanatics, that's why we're here. We want the latest version of whatever device or software is out and we will pay hard-earned money to do so. This is just fun for me guys.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 04:58

51. Piotrek007 (Posts: 80; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Don't tell me you never saw people using Galaxy Note (any) and making a call with it !!

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:49

37. Alex123 (Posts: 227; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Agreed. Apple falls behind the others.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 08:25

52. Supaheight (Posts: 66; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


fo apple 4.5 is

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:33 1

33. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6684; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


You're right it will look like just another iphone again and if it will be a iphablet it would be the most expensive phone ever.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 16:56 15

2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2137; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Imagine the number of baby iOS7 icons it'll fit!!!!

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:26 12

11. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Imagine the number of applications that would be optimized to actually look good in a 6inch screen!!! As opposed to scaled up smartphone apps...

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:57 16

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


If you call a black screen at the top and the bottom as "optimized"

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:38 1

24. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


If Apple does release a 6in iPhone, you can bet that its either going to run iPad apps and/or its going to gets its own category of applications. Black bars at the top and bottom are temporary, but scaled-up smartphone apps on Android "phablets" are not going to change :/

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 19:06 5

30. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I have a Note 2 and if apps are scaled up... I can't tell! They all look GREAT! Why the hate?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 19:52 1

32. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I guess we all have our own tolerance levels, nothing wrong with that. I had a Note II and that was one of the biggest reasons why I had to sell. I had a huge powerful device with a 5.5 inch screen and yet I was running the same exact apps as other weak smartphones out there, homescreen was still 4x4 apps/widget (WTF? Why?), and the pull-down menu on the Note II is exactly the same as the S3; you'd think that with a bigger screen you'd be able to see more notifications...So instead of making good use of space a lot of things (not everything though) is stretched and magnified.

If I'm going to carry around a huge ass phone, I want to see a lot more content and not a magnified OS...The Note II also lacked good Spen document editing apps (I tried many including S Note [which oddly enough was the worst], Acrobat Reader, Lecture Notes, etc) and none were up to par.

A good "phablet" needs to be perfectly optimized for its size. Otherwise its just a huge ass phone. That's why for me personally its a tablet combined with 4-4.8 inch phone, no more phablets

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 21:26 1

40. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Lol, I'm coming from a Razr, so the notification screen is completly different for me. The Razr didn't have all of the quick toggles but yeah. I guess that would be a negative. I will admit, the only app I've seen look kinda weird on was Ruzzle. Everything else, fantastic.

All I know, is that Note 3 is the one to beat right now. If Apple can put something compelling together, I would give it a shot, but it has to have a stylus.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 02:08 1

49. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The Note 3 is looking like a killer device, but the Note 2 for content creation and document editing was a let down. For example, if you want to make a simple 8.5 x 11 flyer or edit a powerpoint via S Note, you can't because everything you export from S Note will essentially look like a screenshot.

I needed more powerful tools from the Note 3 and not the cute touchwizzy features like action memo and scrapbooking. I'm not saying the Note 3 is bad device, but the S pen is just not powerful enough to justify the size tradeoff. I do miss jotting down notes on the go though.

Its kinda funny but owning the Note 2 is what convinced me to buy an iPad 5/iPad mini 2 this year (or maybe Galaxy Tab). Lots of powerful iOS exclusive apps

-Notability
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMmBRBqs9ME
-Penultimate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvlPVsXoZuk

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 22:19

44. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if you have an iPad and and iPad mini... do you honestly think would be nice to cramp it inside a smaller device...

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:51 10

18. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


It'll just translate into "another row" of uselessness .... iL∅L

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:55 1

28. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


How many icons are on the iPad? Don't see a slightly larger phone changing that much.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:33 2

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6684; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Imagine having a extra set of rows and still looks the same

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:02 2

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5634; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


lul, i wonder what they'd actually call it. xD

probably some spin on the iPhone name like iPhone 6 Mega or iPhone 6 Max, maybe even iPhone 6+

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:36

14. lalalaman (Posts: 375; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


I will call it iPhablet...its a perfect name....it will get ppls attention quick....they will thinks a something completely new is there....bt it will certainly b the screen size which will attract instead of pixels or processor

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:46 8

16. Commentator (Posts: 2469; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The iPhab?

At any rate, Steve Jobs is thrashing violently in his grave. If you listen closely when it's very quiet, you can make out a faint "COOOOOooooook!!!" on the wind.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:52 1

19. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I thought dead people couldn't pass gas?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 22:00

42. taikucing (unregistered)


iCopyAndroidPhablet

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:12

22. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


iPhone XL?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:38

35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6684; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


iPhab is the perfect name and their still behind on massive screen display next thing we know they will patent the screen 6" saying no one else can't make that size screen

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:09 1

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3231; Member since: 17 May 2009)


It's about time! This is a good move for Apple, if the actually sell it. But they still have to loosen the shackles a little, you still can do much with an iPhone (Relatively speaking. I know you can do a lot on them). I'm sure that won't hender the sales figures. And if they give a different option to the candy land colors, that would be even better.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:11 9

7. Kelley71 (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


I thought Apple was the company asserting the perfection of the 3½" screen. How are they going to sell a 3½" Phablet?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:15 6

8. GeekMovement (Posts: 1519; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Apple secretly wanted a bigger screen size all throughout this time.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:22

9. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I don't buy it. It doesn't make sense to make a "phablet" (such an ugly word). I do personally think Apple should increase the screen size, but I think even 4.8 is extremely unlikely.

This is going to turn into whole iPhone Nano ordeal Part II, which by the way WSJ also confirmed was on its way back in 2011. Don't hold your breath guys.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:59 1

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Just for the record, despise the weird would it produces... Phablet is now a word

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:46

26. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


It just looks and sounds so cheesy. Lack of a better word I guess.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 22:20

45. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I thought phablet should have been a slang not a word though

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:25 3

10. youdug (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


The Ultra Z is 6.4 inches...

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:46 2

17. sniper1087 (Posts: 408; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Yet the issue is that there is a point when a phone gets too big, and it failed the pocket test, you have to take your phone out of your pocket, if you want to sit down. The sharp edges doent make it easier to hold.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:26

12. jove39 (Posts: 1320; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Way to go apple...bump up screen sizes...I want iPhone with 5" screen...

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:32 5

13. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


The iPhone design team don't have a clue, within 3 years, the whole product will crash out the market just like what will happen to Blackberry in Dec 2013.

If I was in the iPhone team, I would make a 6inch iPhone with ipen etc.... I would create a budget iPhone that you can buy without any contract for $199 I would just go all out with many styles.

What is wrong with those idiots?

.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 17:43 1

15. lalalaman (Posts: 375; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


And make iphone 5s with atleast 4.2 or 4.5 inch screen

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 19:02

29. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


iPen? No thanks

I don't think many companies have worthwhile budget phones that cost $199 without contract, not just Apple.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:39

36. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6684; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I hope they will end up like BB soon.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:43

25. Gemmol (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I will admit a 6 inch iphone will push me over the edge to get one......I do not do anything extra with Android and I am loving the Windows OS after buying my parents a windows phone, which they had no problem since they had it...no reboots, no lag, it do everything they need, they are not worried about apps, so they are Windows fans now, and I want to go to Windows too, but I need 6 inch device, which ever comes first Nokia Phablet or Sony Ultra Z will be my next phone, unless they come out right next to each other then I would test both out, actually if they both come out together im going for Nokia Phablet but it must have 6 inches......I like using my phone as gps.....My Note did a good job of being my GPS and from checking out Nokia Gps I would not mind switching over.....but if Apple can make 6 inches and improve their GPS I would leave for them, they get app first, I do not download apps like that, but I love the option of having that option just incase I change

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 18:54

27. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


So we should expect this phone some time in late 2016, early 2017. Isn't that how many years it took WSJ's prediction of the iPhone coming to Verizon to be true?

Silly things about predictions like this, all you have to do is take a simple look at trends and make a prediction, then wait. It'll happen some time or another, technology runs its course eventually.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 19:39

31. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


yeaaah apple!!....:0

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:55

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 12380; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Take your time apple, when you do it, it'll rock.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 20:58

39. ronjr123 (Posts: 62; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


This is all PR bs. Just to have apple in the news following the Note 3 announcement, Apple had some young kid in their PR department contact a few main stream media outlets saying how they too aren't being left behind.

Why can't anyone else see this for what it is... Nothing but a news item trying to take away Samsung's spot light.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 22:27

46. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's how the game is played. Samsung, Google, Microsoft, and Nokia all do the same things. Just look at Nokia's KitKat tweet from yesterday. And, I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see a Nexus 5 leak pretty soon after Apple's announcement next week.

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 21:58 1

41. taikucing (unregistered)


hahaha... now Apple is the follower

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 22:55

47. Kishin (Posts: 631; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Its about time.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 00:05 2

48. d2010fos (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


testing.... how hard could it be to increase screen size and form factor Every other company has done so.... and this is commping from an iphone user..

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 02:36 1

50. dorianb (Posts: 422; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


They were just waiting long enough for Jobs to be thoroughly dead so no one could bring up him dissing the stylus with his finger comment.

That or still working out how to patent the stylus or iPhablet iTab iStickyPad iSketch iJournal iFolder or iWhateveritllbecalled....

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 09:59

53. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


BUT.. you don't need a phone any bigger than 4" screen size. Apple says so! THEY determine what YOU need.

When they announce a phablet, then will be the time you need one and only then!

Apple is losing market share because they aren't listening to their consumers. If they suprise us in the next year with keeping the 4" that many people do like, and also bringing a 4.8-5" screen.. AND perhaps a 5.5-5.7 phablet, then I think they would really come on strong again. As much as I hate to admit it, it's true.

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