Recently I posted that even though I have both an iPhone and an iPad2, I would really like a slightly bigger iPhone and/or a tablet small enough to fit in my coat or cargo pants pockets.
There is a chance my wishes (and undoubtedly those of others) are being answered by Apple. Sneak peaks indicate the iPhone5 will be larger than the iPhone4, and there are rumours that Apple is considering a smaller version of its iPad.
Jack sent me this article about the possible features of the iPhone5. I was struck by the potential for increased speed and other features, but what really caught my eye was this photo:
If this picture can be posted (hope so!), notice how much bigger the screen will be on the 5 vs. the 4! It looks as if the planned size of the iPhone5 is exactly what I was asking for. Given some of the promotions of the Galaxy Android, I'll be surprised if the iPhone5 is not this big, e.g. about the size I mentioned in my previous post on this topic.
I was delighted with the prospects of a larger iPhone. But then I read that there is also a chance that Apple might choose to bring out a smaller iPad to compete with all the 7" tablets that are quite understandably eating into the iPad market share. From Slate,
Apple is testing a version of the iPad with a smaller screen, say officials at some of the company's Asian suppliers.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has shown screen designs for an 8-inch iPad (compared with the 9.7-inch iPad 2) to suppliers, and is working with companies that include Taiwan's AU Optronics and LG Display of South Korea on producing test versions of the new product, which may or may not actually go into production. ...
Samsung and Amazon are doing well in sales of smaller-size tablet offerings, including Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, which comes in three sizes, including a 7-inch.
Clearly I am not the only consumer who likes the possibility of using a slightly larger iPhone and/or a slightly smaller iPad. Long live consumer sovereignty!