Rumors relating to the fact that Apple is looking to increase its devices’ screen size have been given weight by a new report. The Wall Street Journal, via Taiwanese supply chain sources familiar with the matter, claims Apple is testing a 12.9-inch iPad prototype.
Before getting too excited, it’s important to know that Apple tests all kinds of products featuring different sizes all the time for the sake of experimentation. But, just to make it clear, the current model of the iPhone features a 4-inch screen, while the fully fledged iPad comes with a 9.7-inch screen and the iPad Mini with a 7.9-inch screen.
The important question here remains - why would Apple want to move into a market that has already been seized by the so called phablet? Companies like Samsung and Sony have already launched upon the market devices that blend tablets and smartphones. Is there room for Apple in this picture?
Rumors of Apple releasing an iPhone with a larger screen aren’t new. So far, we have seen reports suggesting that the company was thinking of increasing the size of the iPhone screen up to 5.7-inch. On the other side, information about a wider iPad has been quite scarce up until now. Back in May, ETNews reported that the tech giant was thinking of adding a so called “iPad Maxi” to its portfolio.