Apple running trials with larger iPhone displays and 13" touchscreen panels, says WSJ

Apple running trials with larger iPhone displays and 13
The Wall Street Journal chimes in today with its own sources confirming a lot of information about Apple's product plans for this year and further down the road.

First off, it seems that Apple is indeed testing larger iPhone screens of 4+ inches, like we heard before, when Reuters supply chain sources claimed those sizes to be 4.7" and 5.7". Not content with enlarging just the future iPhones, Apple is apparently testing the waters with a larger touchscreen for the iPad, just shy of 13", say the sources. 

We doubt this one will be for the iPad, though, it might just be for a MacBook with a touchscreen, or a new convertible of sorts, given what other manufacturers are doing with excellent pieces of hardware like the ATIV Q, for instance.

Naturally, a company like Apple will test numerous concepts and prototypes until it arrives at the final destination, and we shouldn't read the trials as if we'd get a 5.7" iPhone and a 13" iPad soon, but where there's smoke there's fire, since Cupertino is at least considering going bigger with its mobile device screens.

As for this year's crop, the Journal has probed the supply chain to confirm an iPhone with the current shell and screen resolution is coming our way, as is an iPad with lighter and thinner display package, which would make for a svelter tablet with the same resolution we have now. The sources also reiterated the rumor about the less expensive iPhone Lite that will come in a nonmetal body and in a variety of colors. Interesting enough, a color palette is confirmed for the iPhone 5S as well, indicating we might stray away from the black and white mantra this year.

source: WSJ

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13 Comments

1. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

13 inches is too large!

2. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

its not that large actually . many people carry 13inch mac air. but if you imagine a mac air without its keyboard and all. it would be really great !!

7. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

now this is competition!

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Wayyy too big than our 5-6" phones. Who the hell going to buy a 13" phone? Cost probably be 1,000$

11. OnlyiPhone unregistered

They wouldn't be making a 13" phone nobody would do that it would be for and iPad or MacBook like this article just said

3. Alexa

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

Nope, thats gigantic...

4. wendygarett unregistered

Every inch an iPad, yummy :)

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sounds like an effort is underfoot to walk back the claims of a 4+ inch display in the iP5S. Any larger display will be part of an iP6.

10. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

And now, even larger black borders on some apps!

6. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I like the idea I think its kind off bringing tablets closer to replacing PCs

8. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

yeah!

12. GeekMovement unregistered

Apple should just stick with their 3.5" sweetspot.

13. Supaheight

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Nah man for the iphone stop at 5 inch 5.7 is damn too big and the ipad stay a 10 or 9.7 but no any further

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