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It seems like every week a new rumor (or three) about what Apple may be up to surfaces, but few of them come with the credibility of today's Wall Street Journal report claiming bigger iOS devices could be in the works.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Apple's Asian suppliers are "testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets," according to officials at the unnamed suppliers. There have been plenty of rumors along the same lines in recent months, but this marks one of the first from a more reliable news outlet.
The report claims Apple is prototyping iPhone screens "larger than four inches," as well as what sounds like a larger iPad "measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally," the sources reveal.
While the possibilities are intriguing, the report is quick to note that these devices are only being tested with suppliers -- there's no way of knowing at this early stage if they'll ever actually come to market.
However, at least one analyst believes the future will be all about devices of all shapes and sizes.
"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," IDC analyst Helen Chiang explains. "The key is to bring down the cost and introduce compelling applications for large-screen devices."
Meanwhile, Apple suppliers are busy toiling away on the next iPhone, which is expected to start shipping from the assembly line in late August.
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