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Apple is working on a new device with a 5-inch high-resolution Retina display set to launch in 2013, according to a new report.

Citing a Chinese source, Japanese website Macotakara reported on Wednesday that this new mystery product will have a screen resolution of either 1,600 pixels by 960 pixels, or 1,280 by 960 pixels.

Apple is said to be working with LCD suppliers in preparation for the new device. It was not said whether the new product would be a larger iPod touch, a smaller iPad, or something else entirely.

The report comes on the heels of another recent rumor that claimed Apple's next-generation iPhone would feature a 4.6-inch Retina display, significantly larger than the 3.5-inch screen currently found on the iPhone and iPod touch.

There have been numerous indications of late that Apple is experimenting with a number of potential screen sizes for touchscreen devices, though it's questionable whether any of the products, including the latest rumored 5-inch device, will ever see the light of day. There have been repeated rumors that Apple has experimented with a smaller iPad sporting a 7-inch screen, though the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs panned devices of that size as unsuitable years ago.




As recently as this month, there have been claims that Apple is working on a 7.85-inch iPad that the company could release as early as this year. App Advice even offered a potential justification for that screen size in an editorial on Wednesday in which it noted a 7.85-inch iPad with a screen resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels would have 163 pixels per inch — the same resolution as pre-retina iPhone and iPod touch displays.

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My prediction? Apple is working on a device with a 1" screen. Or a 2" screen. Or a 3" screen. Or a 4" screen. Or some other size, but my sources tell me it will probably be under 20 feet diagonal.

One of those guesses will be right. See - I'm as good as the bloggers and analysts.
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post #3 of 52
The title of this post makes me never want to look at this site again. It would be different if they posted this 3 days from now...

To the previous post.....
post #4 of 52
You remember those fake projects that Apple would assign new hires to?

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post #6 of 52
I have justification for a 4.45" display, almost 4.6". A 4.45" display with 1280x720 resolution would have a pixel density identical to the 4/4S, so onscreen elements would be physically the exact same size, but overall real estate would be higher.
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It’s more than just “rumor” that Apple works on all KINDS of things behind the scenes, and you may be sure many different sizes of iOS device are among them.

It’s also more than rumor that most of them never leave the labs.

I don’t think this counts as a “report” yet.
post #8 of 52
I hope they call it the iNote and it includes a stylus.
post #9 of 52
Ok, so 5" iPhone is due 2013? See you then Apple.
post #10 of 52
...That this might be the updated iTouch?
post #11 of 52
Introducing: "The new 5-inch MacBook Pro" -- so small that you can run a digital video production studio out of your pocket. Starting at $3,299 and comes with a complimentary screen cleaning cloth.
post #12 of 52
Hmmmm. Apple TV gaming device. This would destroy the Nintendo Wii U.
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Hmmmm. Apple TV gaming device. This would destroy the Nintendo Wii U.

this is the TV's remote.
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Please tell me they aren't going to try to use this format on the iPhone. I don't want one of those huge bricks of shit like samsung sells pasted to the side of my face when I try to make phone calls.
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Wait... so Apple now "has" a 3.5" iPod Touch and iPhone 4S, a 4.6" iPhone 6, a 5" mystery product, a 7.85" iPad, and a 9.7" iPad? Please don't soil your reputation by repeating this junk.
post #16 of 52
The Retina iPost-it?
post #17 of 52
I was also thinking AppleTV remote... not a phone, not a tablet anyway
post #18 of 52
Apple sunglasses.



Or drink coasters.

That's my call.
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post #19 of 52
Who cares................only rumors..................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Who cares................only rumors..................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You did. That's why you're here. And posted!
post #21 of 52
I've no doubt that Apple are/have been working on touch screen devices of many sizes and resolutions. Bringing a 5" device to market next year on the other hand, is pure speculation.

The best case I've read for a size between 3.5" and 9.7" is the 163 story, linked to by Gruber on Daring Fireball. iPad Mini [or whatever] around 8" would scare Amazon & other Android tablet producers to bits if it came in at the right price

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post #22 of 52
Man, the new iPad hasn't even been out for two weeks and we've already entered Apple rumor silly season.
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Apple is working on a new device with a 5-inch high-resolution Retina display set to launch in 2013, according to a new report. ...

Just to be picky (and because these kinds of mistakes really contribute to the misunderstanding of the term) ...

There is no way to tell if this is a "Retina" device until the device is actually made.
post #24 of 52
Jobs said they had already worked with different screen sizes and arrived at the current ipad size as optimal. still, i would buy a 5" ipad like device or even better a 5" iphone.
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Does anybody know of an apple website that filters out all the crap and only reports stuff worth reading? It's not that I'm opposed to rumors, it's just that I don't want to read pointless crap that's obviously crap.

I could also do with a break from stories about every time some lawyer farts in a patent case, so if anybody knows of an apple site that filters out that garbage, please let me know that, too.

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It occurs to me that some wisea$$ will say "but you don't have to read this story" and so let me amend my earlier statement to say:

"Does anybody know of an apple website that filters out all the crap and only reports stuff worth reading? It's not that I'm opposed to rumors, it's just that I don't want to wade through piles of pointless crap that's obviously crap in my search for stuff that's worth reading. In other words, I want a site that exercises sound editorial judgement. "
post #26 of 52
I am still waiting on my tabletop computer -- enough with small devices, I want LARGE PANEL touch devices. This, my friends, would be breakthrough!! Like something out of future-sci-fi movies.
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this is the TV's remote.

For those that won't necessarily want to always use their iPhone or iPad via the control app.
That's a good size for something to park on the couch: just big enough to be less easy to lose in the cushions.
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...That this might be the updated iTouch?

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Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

Hmmmm. Apple TV gaming device. This would destroy the Nintendo Wii U.

All one has to do is stop in any store that has a bunch of 5" GPS systems laying around to see how useful such a Touch might be. Given that Apple can take care of the ugliness of most of those GPS units you would have a higly versatile big brother for the Touch.

Such a device could do double and triple deputy as a gaming device, navigation system and PDA ala the current Touch. Add in TV and FM tuners too. You would have a multifunction device that is not an iPhone and can stand on its own in the market.

It is rather surprising but many a Touch is being purchased by people not wanting the contract of an iPhone but yet want the PDA and other capabilities of the machine. I actually thought this was a short term trend but yet I still see people going this route because of economics. Address the small screen and I could see even more sales of this type. The more functionality in the device the better though, I'm still bummed out that Apple can't wrap it's head around supporting FM. Especially when so little hardware is required.
post #29 of 52
Cool, I hope i get a stylus too!!

Oh, wait, no I don't.
post #30 of 52
IOS has been extremely successful for Apple, it would be foolish of them not to be investigating many different concepts for new devices. Is this one garbage? I don't know, but from a users standpoint I can see such a device being optimal for many.

Think about it from any angle you might want. A Touch replacement, a navigation device, a high performance camera, a game machine or whatever. Apple can be successful with a device targeted at any of these uses.

Consider that Steve Jobs was on record himself saying he would like to remake photography. Now iPhone is certainly very capable in that respect, but what would be the result of a Touch like device with an optimized high performance camera.

In any event the problem with rumors is that publishing them is always a gamble no matter what. It is only bad judgement if such a device never appears. To imply that it is impossible for Apple to consider such a device is foolish I'm my opinion. I would not be the least bit surprised to find Apple considering all sorts of new iOS devices, they could have 20 or more concepts being worked on right now. Maybe one of those reaches the market place. So is it really a lack of editorial judgement to report on the possibility that a device might be beyond the concept stage? I'd rather think the opposite iOS is a huge cash cow, they will try to exploit that with more well reasoned products.

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Does anybody know of an apple website that filters out all the crap and only reports stuff worth reading? It's not that I'm opposed to rumors, it's just that I don't want to read pointless crap that's obviously crap.

I could also do with a break from stories about every time some lawyer farts in a patent case, so if anybody knows of an apple site that filters out that garbage, please let me know that, too.

Edit:

It occurs to me that some wisea$$ will say "but you don't have to read this story" and so let me amend my earlier statement to say:

"Does anybody know of an apple website that filters out all the crap and only reports stuff worth reading? It's not that I'm opposed to rumors, it's just that I don't want to wade through piles of pointless crap that's obviously crap in my search for stuff that's worth reading. In other words, I want a site that exercises sound editorial judgement. "
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All one has to do is stop in any store that has a bunch of 5" GPS systems laying around to see how useful such a Touch might be. Given that Apple can take care of the ugliness of most of those GPS units you would have a higly versatile big brother for the Touch.

Such a device could do double and triple deputy as a gaming device, navigation system and PDA ala the current Touch. Add in TV and FM tuners too. You would have a multifunction device that is not an iPhone and can stand on its own in the market.

It is rather surprising but many a Touch is being purchased by people not wanting the contract of an iPhone but yet want the PDA and other capabilities of the machine. I actually thought this was a short term trend but yet I still see people going this route because of economics. Address the small screen and I could see even more sales of this type. The more functionality in the device the better though, I'm still bummed out that Apple can't wrap it's head around supporting FM. Especially when so little hardware is required.

I'm one of those people. I have a Sony Ericsson phone and a Touch. I'd have gone for the iPhone instead if it wasn't for the insane extra cash I'd have to put out every month to maintain it. I pay less than $30 a month and can still make use of a lot of IOS software. Recently I bought an iPad so the Touch is great for when I'm on the go and the iPad terrific when I'm not.

If Apple would come out with a Touch in September that has a larger screen, my needs would be met perfectly. The touch feels like it's even smaller now that I'm using the iPad. Apple could easily give the Touch a bigger screen and a better camera while maintaining the current price. It makes sense and the question I would have is why not.
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iPad maxi pad for those days when absorbency is the key.
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Ok, so 5" iPhone is due 2013? See you then Apple.

There's something which isn't going to happen.
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I am still waiting on my tabletop computer -- enough with small devices, I want LARGE PANEL touch devices. This, my friends, would be breakthrough!! Like something out of future-sci-fi movies.

See the movie TRON, the original. Microsoft still hasn't brought their "Surface" table top computers out yet, though they do regularly get product placement with a Surface computer on the TV show "Leverage", which plays on the TNT network.
post #35 of 52
Is this like the con game where you go to 100 different people and you tell 50 that a stock is going to go up and 50 that a stock is going down. You keep splitting the group until you get to 3 people that you have never been wrong in your predictions, then they give you all their money to invest. Keep throwing enough Apple rumors and soon some people will have only seen the times you were right.
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...That this might be the updated iTouch?

Apple is reviving Logitech's discontinued keyboard line?

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Originally Posted by LunarMoon View Post

this is the TV's remote.

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I was also thinking AppleTV remote not a phone, not a tablet anyway

But what in the world is the point?
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I hope they call it the iNote and it includes a stylus.

Might not be a bad idea given that Samsung just announced they've sold 3 million Galaxy Note devices in the past 4 weeks alone. And yes they do mean sold to customers not inventory held by resellers. Buy hey nobody wants a 5" device - I know coz some dude on AI said so and they're never wrong are they.
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Does anybody know of an apple website that filters out all the crap and only reports stuff worth reading? It's not that I'm opposed to rumors, it's just that I don't want to read pointless crap that's obviously crap.

I could also do with a break from stories about every time some lawyer farts in a patent case, so if anybody knows of an apple site that filters out that garbage, please let me know that, too.

Edit:

It occurs to me that some wisea$$ will say "but you don't have to read this story" and so let me amend my earlier statement to say:

"Does anybody know of an apple website that filters out all the crap and only reports stuff worth reading? It's not that I'm opposed to rumors, it's just that I don't want to wade through piles of pointless crap that's obviously crap in my search for stuff that's worth reading. In other words, I want a site that exercises sound editorial judgement. "

Try http://www.apple.com/hotnews but beware it very dull. Personally I like the rumours and conjecture, it kinda livens up the day. Alternatively try The Wall Street Journal.
post #39 of 52
I'm in agreement with the TV remote people.
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Jobs said they had already worked with different screen sizes and arrived at the current ipad size as optimal. still, i would buy a 5" ipad like device or even better a 5" iphone.

Don't confuse optimal with feasible. IOW, the choose one size to come to market but that doesn't mean there are only other sizes that they think could make viable products.

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