7/22/2013 3:54:21 PM
Apple begins testing larger screens for iPhone and iPad
A larger screened iPhone and iPad could be one step closer after Apple's Asian suppliers reportedly started new tests.
The manufacturer has been asking for prototype screens larger than the iPhone 5's four inches and iPad's 9.7 inches. It is unclear whether the larger screen devices will ultimately hit the market as Apple routinely trials different versions of its new devices before deciding on what will go on sale. However, the trend in recent years has been for larger screen handsets and tablets, with Apple following the market and making the iPhone 5 a larger handset.
IDC analyst Helen Chiang told The Wall Street Journal: 'In the long run, we will see touch screens in all sizes as the future vision of the technology industry is to offer the same user experience across all screens. The key is to bring down the cost and introduce compelling applications for large-screen devices.'
Apple is expected to reveal its latest iPhone and iPad within the coming months, with the devices going on sale for the key fourth quarter trading period.
Author: Graeme Neill