Apple developing iPhones and tablets with bigger screens—report

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Currently, the iPhone 5 has a four-inch screen, compared with Samsung’s S4, an improved version of the South Korean company’s popular predecessor the S3 and which boasts a five-inch screen. AP FILE PHOTO

TAIPEI — Apple could roll out smartphones and tablets with bigger screens in a move analysts say is an attempt to catch up with a trend set by its major rival Samsung.

The Californian tech giant and its Asian suppliers are testing smartphone screens larger than four inches and tablet screens slightly less than 13 inches, the Wall Street Journal reported, without naming the suppliers.

Samsung, which has released a series of handsets and tablets with increasingly larger screens, has seen its global market share rise as consumers flock to their products putting Apple under pressure to follow suit.

The paper said it was not clear if such designs would ever make their way onto the market, but analysts said smartphones with bigger displays are increasingly popular because they meet the needs of users.

“Such designs are understandable as people tend to use their smartphones more for apps than for making calls,” Kuo Ming-chi, at the Taipei-based KGI Securities Investment Advisory Co, told AFP.

Currently, the iPhone 5 has a four-inch screen, compared with Samsung’s S4, an improved version of the South Korean company’s popular predecessor the S3 and which boasts a five-inch screen.

Such handsets are often referred to as “phablets” because their size sits in between a phone and a tablet.

By offering multiple screen size options and handset prices, Samsung has seen its market share rise to 33.1 percent in the three months to March, while Apple was lagging with 17.9 percent, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

During the same three-month period, Samsung also witnessed its global tablet market share rise to 17.9 percent, up from 11.3 percent a year ago, while Apple’s market share dived to 39.6 percent, a sharp decline from 58.1 percent the previous year, according to IDC.

While admitting Apple may still defend its argument that smartphones should be designed for one-hand use, Kuo said the continued improvement of battery and processor technologies could lead to re-thinking that policy.

“Bigger displays mean greater consumption of power. But that thinking may change with bigger batteries and improvement of chip manufacturing technologies which have made energy consumption more efficient,” he said.

Kuo added Apple might also try bigger screens for its tablet products to meet the demand of users who hope to work on their devices.

“But then again, tablets with bigger screens may be too heavy to carry for some users. That is something Apple may need to find a compromise on,” he said.

The current iPad has a 9.7-inch screen while iPad Mini is armed with a 7.9-inch screen.

The Journal cited officials at suppliers as saying that they had started mass producing components for the new iPhone in June, and its assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., to ship the new iPhones in late August.

Hon Hai declined to comment on the report, as did Apple.

But a person familiar with matter told AFP that the shipment of new iPhones may be slightly later than the reported schedule.

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  • RiverHorse

    apple would do well to develop gadgets which would have longer battery life.

  • Si Lito Ako

    We are not anti Iphone….nagtitipid lang….kung libre yan bakit hindi..But if I will make a down payment of 9k then monthly of 3 or 4k? No way! I can buy it right now in cash, but still no way! Kuripot ako, yun lang yun.

    • skyla

      lol

  • Ornbort

    boring. use generic. they work the same and di ka na magsasayang ng oras sa itunes.

  • BurgerBeacon

    Parang andaming sour grapers na mga ‘anti-IPhone’. Aminin nyo na kasi na gustong-gusto ninyo ang IPhone, kaya lang hindi ninyo afford. Pagtiyagaan na lang ninyo ang Samsung, Alcatel, Nokia, etcetera tralalala ninyo…

  • Twister12

    Match the price with Samsung & remove the limitations just like android os & it will swallow the market.

  • rudy_boy

    IRONICALLY, Apple now following suit of their IMITATORS. Court
    decision inUS (but different decision in other countries for a similar case) directed Samsung to pay Apple 1 billion USD in copyright issue.

    To lay
    down the groundwork of my argument, I got both iP5 and S4 latest model (mini).The regular S4 is too big, but good for teens.

    Original still the best for me, but Steve Job is gone. The spying issue is also one reason of concern to abandoned iPhone in countries outside us…a (that if your not a law abiding citizen) .

    Iphone 5s .…..and 6 (last quarter of 2013) is the smartphone to wait if they can still reversed the trend of smartphone sale.

    Both are good Long Term Evolution LTE- 4G phones,
    is just a matter of user/consumer choice.

  • Si Lito Ako

    Why should i spend 40k or more for that when for that amount I can have a decent tablet quadcore and a decent quadcore cellphone and I still have a change of maybe more than 10K. Well, if having an apple will make Anne Curtis and Jessie Mendiola fall in love with me then I will change my mind.

  • Si Lito Ako

    I am happy with my lenovo 700i. 9k only..its now sold at 7k only…..

  • w33k3nd3r

    got myself a sony xperia z instead. Mac’s greedy and their improvements are stale.

  • skyla

    iphone not worth to try. mahal pang repair!!!

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