The times, they are a-changing. Apple founder Steve Jobs once dismissed phones with large screens out of hand, but just days after the launch of Apple’s redesigned – and beautiful – iOS 7, a new report says the company is looking at a giant phablet iPhone running the software. Is this a Galaxy Note contender?
According to Reuters, Apple will be launching new iPhone models with bigger screens and different colours within the next year according to no fewer than four sources. Two screen sizes are currently being floated for release next year – a 4.7-inch iPhone with a screen roughly the same size as HTC’s One and Samsung’s Galaxy S4, and a massive 5.7-inch model that could dwarf even the epic Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Apple famously stuck with a 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone for years, even while its rivals ramped theirs up, making them better for watching video, browsing the web and even writing with a stylus, and only bumped the iPhone 5 display up to a modest four-inches diagonally late last year.
But this report suggests that Apple under CEO Tim Cook is having a change of heart after seeing Samsung’s gigantic Galaxy Note phones sell tens of millions, and rival efforts from Asus and Huawei follow in its wake. Clearly, there are enough shoppers out there who want a portable tablet that can act as a phone in worst case scenarios, even if it makes them look like a Dom Joly sketch in the process – and Apple want in.
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