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Apple reportedly testing bigger iPad screens, on top of larger iPhones (but why?)

Is anybody really clamoring for a bigger iPad?

It’s not difficult to imagine that Apple is considering bigger screens for future iPhones — the 4-inch iPhone 5 seems downright tiny next to Android phones with 5-inch screens — but, for some reason, the company is also apparently looking into larger iPad screens, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Back in June, a Reuters report claimed Apple was looking into bigger iPhone screens around 4.7-inches and 5.-7-inches.

At this point, Apple has no choice but to offer a bigger iPhone screen size next year (this year’s new iPhone is expected to stick with the iPhone 5′s size and basic design), but a bigger iPad seems like less of a necessity. Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad rules the tablet world (a recent Chitika survey found the iPad accounted for 82 percent of all tablet web browsing), and the 7.9-inch iPad Mini is its answer to cheap and small Android tablets, its biggest tablet market threat.

I’ve also yet to come across a tablet larger than 10 inches that’s also comfortable to use. A tablet is something that you’ll be holding for extended periods, often with one hand. It doesn’t make much sense to pack in big screens, which adds weight and often makes it hard to balance tablets one-handed. Even if someone manages to build a light large-screened tablet, it would still be too awkward to be easily portable.

Large, unwieldy screens were one of my biggest problems with Microsoft’s 10.6-inch Surface slates, and it’s a problem I’ve had consistently with hybrid laptop/tablets, like the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga.

Apple, like most companies, tests out plenty of product designs that never see the light of day. I’m hoping the company looks beyond a larger iPad towards something more useful down the line.

Copyright 2013, VentureBeat

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