Apple is reportedly in the process of testing larger iPhone and iPad screens with a number of Asian suppliers. In recent months, Cupertino has asked for prototype iPhone screens larger than 4 inches and displays to use with the iPad that are just under 13 inches according to sources as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
At present, the iPhone 5 ships with a 4-inch screen while the full-sized iPad carries a 9.7-inch display. The smaller iPad mini utilizes a screen size of just 7.9 inches. Whether or not larger screens will ultimately make it into future products is unknown although the Journal points out that Apple routinely tests multiple concepts before a final design is selected.
During an earnings call a few months ago, Apple chief Tim Cook acknowledged that some are interested in a device with a larger screen. He pointed out, however, that existing “phablets” sacrifice color quality, resolution, white balance, brightness, reflectivity, screen longevity and other features – tradeoffs Apple will not make just to ship a larger display iPhone.
Apple’s next iteration of the iPhone, widely referred to as the iPhone 5S, is expected to ship as early as next month. Most believe the handset will retain the same outward appearance as the current generation iPhone but with faster hardware inside.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Apple is said to be preparing to ramp up production of a new iPad within the next few weeks. Sources say the tablet will retain the same 9.7-inch display but will be lighter and thinner than the current generation slate.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
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