Aiming to tap the popularity of large-screen mobile devices, Apple is reportedly testing bigger screens for its iPhone and iPad. Apple and its Asian suppliers are reportedly exploring the possibility of larger display for iPhone and iPad with a 13-inch screen, according to a Wall Street Journal report, citing people familiar with the company’s suppliers.
Apple’s latest iPhone 5 has a screen that measures 4 inch, while the iPad with retina display has a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad Mini, the smaller counterpart of iPad, has a 7.9-inch screen.
Apple tests many new designs for its products but only few make it to the market, and there is little clarity if the tested designs for iPhone and iPad will ever reach the market.
Nevertheless, reports of Apple testing iPhone with bigger screens have been doing rounds lately with Reuters in June, reporting Cupertino, California-based Apple has been trying out iPhones with screen size as big as 4.7 to 5.7 inches.
Samsung and HTC have tasted success with its bigger screen devices, like Galaxy S3, Note 2 and HTC One. Apple might be looking to follow their path to attract customers with its own large screen devices. Even though, Apple increased the screen size of iPhone 5 to 4-inches from 3.5-inches, it’s latest offering still remains one of the smallest smartphones on the market, when compared to Galaxy S4’s 5-inch, and HTC One’s 4-7 inch.
Apple is expected to release the next iteration of its iPhone and iPad later this year, some time in September or October.