With the blogosphere focusing most of their attention on next week’s Apple event and the expected announcement of two new iPhones, the Wall Street Journal’s report of what’s expected further down the pipeline is perhaps even more intriguing. A phablet, of sorts.
According to the report, Apple is currently testing iPhones with screen sizes ranging from 4.8 to 6 inches. This, of course, is nothing new, as reports of Apple prototypes can be easily found. But the testing of multiple different sizes, coupled with the fact that Apple reportedly seems much more focused on shifting to a larger screen than it has in past years, seems to imply that a change could be imminent. Apple is currently most intrigued by a 4.8-inch screen, according to the report.
The report also makes clear that the phones Apple is expected to announce next week will not see a change in screen size. It’s not clear exactly when we’ll see a bump, but it does appear that Apple is feeling some heat from a constantly evolving market.
It will be interesting to see if, in the same way the iPad set the standard for tablets, the ‘iPhab’ can set a new standard for the smartphone-tablet market. It won’t be long now. Stay tuned right here for all the latest rumors and news leading up to, during, and following the Apple iPhone event on September 10th. Please feel free to leave a comment below, and then head on over to the forums and see what everyone else thinks of a larger iPhone screen.