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In an effort to reach an even wider audience of customers, Apple is said to be exploring the possibilities of a larger iPhone display and an iPad with a 13-inch screen, according to a new report.

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Mockup of iPhone with 4.94-inch screen, created by Marco Arment.


Apple's apparent behind-the-scenes tinkering was revealed on Monday by The Wall Street Journal, which indicated that such devices have been tested with Asian suppliers. While a specific screen size for a new iPhone model was not given, it was reported that the company has specifically built a prototype iPad with a screen sized "slightly less than 13 inches diagonally."

There have been reports in recent months that Apple could be planning to build an iPhone with a bigger display, measuring around 5 inches diagonally, as soon as next year. It's believed that Apple is exploring such a device in response to the success of jumbo-sized smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy Note series.

Apple already increased the size of the iPhone display from 3.5 inches to 4 inches with the launch of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The company boasted that by making the new screen taller but not wider, it can still be used with one hand.

But even at 4 inches, Apple's iPhone 5 remains one of the smaller smartphone displays on the market. For example, Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S4 features a 4.8-inch AMOLED screen.

While rumors of a so-called "iPhone Plus" are not new, word of a larger iPad has been less common. While smartphone sizes have trended larger, tablets have skewed smaller, as seen by the success Apple has had with its 7.9-inch iPad mini.

Apple is expected to launch a redesigned full-size iPad later this year, but it's believed that device will sport the same size 9.7-inch screen as every iPad that has come before it. A 13-inch iPad would put it in a similar class with the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, both of which are available with 13.3-inch screens.

Noted insider John Gruber of Daring Fireball said in May that he expects Apple to release an iOS-based notebook "eventually" ??speculation that may align with Apple's alleged interest in a 13-inch touchscreen panel. Gruber said he does not, however, expect Apple to ever release a touchscreen MacBook.

Accessories that turn Apple's current iPad models into laptop-like clamshells with keyboards have proven popular among accessory makers. Microsoft has also touted the laptop-like functionality of its iPad-competing Surface tablets in television advertisements.
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I'd happily buy a 13" or even 15" iPad. The 10" model is already too big for my pocket so anything that fits into my bag is good.

 

Still waiting a coffee table running iOS too. :)

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The current front face design for the iPhone doesn't work well for larger screens at all. You can see in the mockup, an iPhone with a 5" screen would almost have the same footprint as a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with a 5.5" screen.
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Personally, I can't for the life of me see the value in increasing the size of the iPad. I can't imagine a single use case where that would be beneficial.
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I don't doubt that Apple is testing larger form factors for the iPad and iPhone.

This information really doesn't prove that they are going to release a larger iPhone or iPad though.

On a side note, I find it interesting that now in iOS 7 iPhone apps are automatically scaled to full resolution on iPads rather than before in iOS 3-6 where they stayed native size and consistently looked blurry on retina and non retina iPads.

Could be a sign of more resolution independence from the OS which would make sense of Apple is exploring larger screens.
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Call me crazy, but I would love a convertible iPad/MacBook Air.
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Wouldn't the 13" iPad basically just be a bevel-less current iPad?
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Having owned both an iPhone 3G and 3G S as well as now the 5, I see the increase in screen size as a considerable drawback. The 3.5 inch screens were much, much easier to use with just one hand, whereas the 5 constantly has to be shuffled around in your hand to be able to reach everything. Increasing the size further will only make things worse.

They can put telephony into an iPad mini for those who desperately need to be able to make phonecalls with their tablets, but stop making the phones bigger every time. Just because the Android gang keeps racing for size doesn't mean that is anything people need. Ever wonder why there's always a "mini" model for every new phablet that comes out?

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I don't doubt that Apple is testing larger form factors for the iPad and iPhone.

This information really doesn't prove that they are going to release a larger iPhone or iPad though.

I find it interesting that now in iOS 7 iPhone apps are automatically blown up to full resolution on iPads rather than before where they stay in native size and consistently looked blurry on retina and non retina iPads.

Could e a sign of more resolution independence from the OS which would make sense of Apple is exploring larger screens.

It will mean universal apps are easier - effectively blown up iPhone apps. Which means that iPad owners will be able to buy an iPhone and get their apps, and vice versa. 

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Wait, there is a keyboard for the iPad? Did anyone tell ms? /s

I'm in the don't want it bigger category, but maybe I'll be proven wrong.
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I'm sure there's lots of things Apple is toying with. Not sure why the WSJ thinks its newsworthy. I mean didn't we see stories last January about Apple having a 50 inch TV in their design lab? And then we never really heard more about it.

Though I guess it's better than a front page story claiming Apple has cut parts orders for the new iPhone. It is a day before earnings release so I'm exoecting some D&G before tomorrow afternoon.
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It will mean universal apps are easier - effectively blown up iPhone apps. Which means that iPad owners will be able to buy an iPhone and get their apps, and vice versa. 

They also don't give the 2x option anymore because it scales full screen automatically at high resolution. I wonder why that wasnt implemented from day 1.

Anyway do you think this could be a sign to a larger phone that automatically scales apps up to full resolution?

A primary argument people have had against a larger iPhone is if it has a different resolution from other iPhones it would screw developers. But what if that's not an issue anymore because iOS 7 natively scales apps independent of the resolution?

Just speculation on my part but this is probably what they're testing. I can't see them making a larger phone with a lower pixel density and likewise I don't see the value in doubling the pixel density again and having a ridiculous 500ppi display. That leaves them with changing the resolution in they increase the screen size which to some here would be a "no-no" with developers.
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I am very pleased that Apple might be researching a tablet like device with a larger screen. Lately I have been considering android & windows based products with hd screens > than 10.1". At first blush, some are actually appealing, Eventually I get sober, and begin to fully appreciate that this hardware, however compelling, does not run Apple software. As a side note, it's the software, and always has been. 

 
 

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Having owned both an iPhone 3G and 3G S as well as now the 5, I see the increase in screen size as a considerable drawback. The 3.5 inch screens were much, much easier to use with just one hand, whereas the 5 constantly has to be shuffled around in your hand to be able to reach everything. Increasing the size further will only make things worse.
They can put telephony into an iPad mini for those who desperately need to be able to make phonecalls with their tablets, but stop making the phones bigger every time. Just because the Android gang keeps racing for size doesn't mean that is anything people need. Ever wonder why there's always a "mini" model for every new phablet that comes out?

Nice point ! Apple should stay with 3,5 but now when we got 4 inches it starts to get over the "ultra comfortable one hand usability"
I know many android fans were telling me that their 4.3, 4.5, or even 4.8 are "comfortable" to use with one hand, but iPhone was ultra comfortable.
Now If Apple wants to be ultra comfortable again they shouldn't make bigger screen but rather shrink the bezel of iPhone 5 to almost nothing in iPhone 6. That could make the phone by up to 8 mm narrower (but 4-5 mm is more realistic). Such huge difference could potentially bring the usability of iPhone 5 back to previous iPhones level while offering a bigger screen.
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I'm wondering if Apple is looking at an OSX variant of the iPad.  Not a convertible MBA, but an iPad big enough to use as a laptop with a "real" operating system.  Scary, but it could be for a "Windows RT" version of the iPad (OSX RT, so to speak). 

 

Lion was the beginning of merging iOS with OSX at least from a user interface standpoint (App Launcher, anyone?).  Apple like to take the next step but do it better than others have done or thought of. 

 

While Windows RT cannot run windows apps, Apple's experience with emulation (Rosetta, etc.) might lead to simple OSX apps running on ARM that might allow OSX to run on a 12" iPad.  A keyboardless MBA that can run all iPad apps, and SOME OSX apps might be in the works.

 

Jobs is dead, but four years of products was rumored to be in the works.  It's only been 1.5 years.   Jobs always saw the future before it was technically possible.  A full-blown version of OSX on a larger iPad would mean redeveloping the interface of OSX to support touch in a better way.  Microsoft hasn't thought that far ahead.  Does anyone think Apple would do this?

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I'm wondering if Apple is looking at an OSX variant of the iPad.  Not a convertible MBA, but an iPad big enough to use as a laptop with a "real" operating system.  Scary, but it could be for a "Windows RT" version of the iPad (OSX RT, so to speak). 

 

Lion was the beginning of merging iOS with OSX at least from a user interface standpoint (App Launcher, anyone?).  Apple like to take the next step but do it better than others have done or thought of. 

 

While Windows RT cannot run windows apps, Apple's experience with emulation (Rosetta, etc.) might lead to simple OSX apps running on ARM that might allow OSX to run on a 12" iPad.  A keyboardless MBA that can run all iPad apps, and SOME OSX apps might be in the works.

 

Jobs is dead, but four years of products was rumored to be in the works.  It's only been 1.5 years.   Jobs always saw the future before it was technically possible.  A full-blown version of OSX on a larger iPad would mean redeveloping the interface of OSX to support touch in a better way.  Microsoft hasn't thought that far ahead.  Does anyone think Apple would do this?

 

I don't because, because from the beginning Apple has understood that touch and keyboard/click are entirely different paradigms.

 

And to be quite honest, the MacBook Air weighs, what?  2.4 lbs. (for the 11")?  I can't see the advantage to a larger iPad that emulates OSX somehow) over just getting an Air.

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I am very pleased that Apple might be researching a tablet like device with a larger screen. Lately I have been considering android & windows based products with hd screens > than 10.1". At first blush, some are actually appealing, Eventually I get sober, and begin to fully appreciate that this hardware, however compelling, does not run Apple software. As a side note, it's the software, and always has been. 

 
 

 

0.4 inches really isn't much, unless you're talking about the 16:9 screen ratios of those tablets? I personally find large 16:9 tablets odd to use in that everything is too narrow in portrait, and in landscape everything is short.  

 

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I'm wondering if Apple is looking at an OSX variant of the iPad.  Not a convertible MBA, but an iPad big enough to use as a laptop with a "real" operating system.  Scary, but it could be for a "Windows RT" version of the iPad (OSX RT, so to speak). 

 

Lion was the beginning of merging iOS with OSX at least from a user interface standpoint (App Launcher, anyone?).  Apple like to take the next step but do it better than others have done or thought of. 

 

While Windows RT cannot run windows apps, Apple's experience with emulation (Rosetta, etc.) might lead to simple OSX apps running on ARM that might allow OSX to run on a 12" iPad.  A keyboardless MBA that can run all iPad apps, and SOME OSX apps might be in the works.

 

Jobs is dead, but four years of products was rumored to be in the works.  It's only been 1.5 years.   Jobs always saw the future before it was technically possible.  A full-blown version of OSX on a larger iPad would mean redeveloping the interface of OSX to support touch in a better way.  Microsoft hasn't thought that far ahead.  Does anyone think Apple would do this?

 

 

Probably won't happen yet. There are still too many things in OS X that are not finger friendly and need the precision of a mouse/trackpad. We will probably see more functionality from OS X make it's way into iOS instead of OS X becoming a touch based interface. At least not yet.

 

Good news is that iOS 7 for iPad appears to still be in its infancy so maybe we'll see some surprises in usability when Apple unveils the new iPads pre-loaded with iOS 7.

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For example, Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S4 features a 4.8-inch AMOLED screen.

The S4 has a 4.99" screen.
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It will mean universal apps are easier - effectively blown up iPhone apps. Which means that iPad owners will be able to buy an iPhone and get their apps, and vice versa. 

Makes no sense to me. This is not what iPad users want. Who wants blown up iPhone apps on their iPad? And Why???

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I am so buying a 13" ipad if they make it. 13" for home use and the mini for commute. I would also buy a bigger iphone, otherwise when i change my 4s i am getting the low cost version. No way in hell i will pay premium for a 4" phone.
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Hey, it's Monday, so there must be another story about a larger iPhone.1tongue.gif

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News Editor: Keep throwing stories in the air guys until something sticks!
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Makes no sense to me. This is not what iPad users want. Who wants blown up iPhone apps on their iPad? And Why???

So you can move to the iPhone from the iPad, and move to the iPad from the iPhone, without having to buy new software. For instance my mother has an Android phone and an iPad. She likes the iPad where she has lots of apps - self downloaded - and on the Android she has nothing. She just got it because the salesman sold it, normal story. I got her the iPad.

 

She has asked me would the (more expensive iPhone) be worth it on her next upgrade, in particular could she use her apps. I say, no. Cant be guaranteed. She may have to buy different apps, or the iPhone version.

 

So no sale. This will encourage universal apps, and nothing will stop people using some iPad UI, and vice versa, where necessary.

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I'm wondering if Apple is looking at an OSX variant of the iPad.  Not a convertible MBA, but an iPad big enough to use as a laptop with a "real" operating system.  Scary, but it could be for a "Windows RT" version of the iPad (OSX RT, so to speak). 

 

[...] Does anyone think Apple would do this?

 

I do.  Touch screen iMac.   Haswell and lighter glass, full SSD, and you've got the makings of low heat (most of the depth is glass, support for glass, and fan depth), low weight device.  at 13-19" It would be the transition of the iMac/mac Mini line,using BT keyboard and mouse.... and with a $99 'base', it could support thunderbolt and USB3.0, as well has have external speakers, etc.  low weight, high visibility (RD?), it becomes a 

 

Eventually, I see this as the the iMac line... where the base can built into 24" units as well.... or it's just hung off the wall 

(AppleTV [as an app] anyone?)

 

The problem is that this would be the component version of the MBAir.  But it being a touch screen makes it interesting in that it's a true lap device.  Long term, though it makes sense.   the MBA and iMac lines merge.   the MBP stands as a product, and the Mac Pro as well... and the Mac Mini evolves into a wall wart sized unit, or the same footprint as the Airport Extreme, in a stackable modular expansion.


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Having owned both an iPhone 3G and 3G S as well as now the 5, I see the increase in screen size as a considerable drawback. The 3.5 inch screens were much, much easier to use with just one hand, whereas the 5 constantly has to be shuffled around in your hand to be able to reach everything. Increasing the size further will only make things worse.

They can put telephony into an iPad mini for those who desperately need to be able to make phonecalls with their tablets, but stop making the phones bigger every time. Just because the Android gang keeps racing for size doesn't mean that is anything people need. Ever wonder why there's always a "mini" model for every new phablet that comes out?

Same here. Had the 4s and really like the lighter and thinner 5. But the 3.5" felt way better in your hand. It grew on my, but it's definitely not as easy to use. They are surely not going back, but I would rather have them stick with 4" and not get any bigger. Knowing them, they won't change that in the near future. Apple always made it easy for developers on the iOS platform. A change in resolution would not be good for developers, they already have to work on making their apps ready for iOS7.

 

And of course I hope they experiment with all kinds of sizes and resolutions with their iOS devices. Remember the story when Johnny had a whole room full of potential iPod boxes? Those folks there are obsessed and will try out everything. So there's actually no news here.

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I love the idea of a 13" iPad–and even a 15"–but a larger iPhone remains idiotic.
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I'm wondering if Apple is looking at an OSX variant of the iPad.

No. But they'll be building a larger, OS XI iPad.

OS X will never be on a touchscreen device.

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I am so buying a 13" ipad if they make it. 13" for home use and the mini for commute. I would also buy a bigger iphone, otherwise when i change my 4s i am getting the low cost version. No way in hell i will pay premium for a 4" phone.

I'm with you! :) I'd much rather have and use a 13" iPad siting on my coffee table, than an iMac in my den.

 

 

Sitting at a desktop reminds me too much of being a drone in a cubicle for 8 hours a day....and a laptop reminds of being a "road warrior" drone! Ugh!

 

 

iPad and an iPhone and I'm good to go. If they don't make a 13" iPad, I will only have the Mini and the latest and greatest iPhone! :)

 

At home a cheap Brother MFC printer ($1 print cartridges from Amazon), a Time Capsule, an ATV and a large flatscreen. And that's it....I only have Apple tech in my house (except the printer and TV). I hate the power bricks, cables and clunky workmanship on the hardware and SW of other manufacturers tech.

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Having owned both an iPhone 3G and 3G S as well as now the 5, I see the increase in screen size as a considerable drawback. The 3.5 inch screens were much, much easier to use with just one hand, whereas the 5 constantly has to be shuffled around in your hand to be able to reach everything. Increasing the size further will only make things worse.
They can put telephony into an iPad mini for those who desperately need to be able to make phonecalls with their tablets, but stop making the phones bigger every time. Just because the Android gang keeps racing for size doesn't mean that is anything people need. Ever wonder why there's always a "mini" model for every new phablet that comes out?

Good points about the 3.5 vs. 4 inch screens. They should've kept a 3.5 version for those who want/need one-handed operation and just added a 4.5 size for people who wanted a larger screen experience and simply don't prioritize one-handed operation. Instead, they came out with a 4 inch screen phone that honestly isn't that pleasing for either group.
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A bigger size iPad is useful for map, drawing and flow diagram in business. But it will be even better if it packs with great GPU for gaming! It is not wise for apple not taking into account windows tablet can be a big game changer if they can pack ms office and Xbox into one powerful tablet. It didn't appear right now only because the company is losing direction in catch up. Apple right now has no advantage in both areas. So, take care!
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I'd happily buy a 13" or even 15" iPad. The 10" model is already too big for my pocket so anything that fits into my bag is good.

 

Still waiting a coffee table running iOS too. :)

The only problem with a 13inch, is weight and battery life.  If they can figure out a way to do a 13inch iPad that weights 1.5 lbs or less, long battery life, the hook might grab my inner check and I'd probably bite.  

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The S4 has a 4.99" screen.

They were just confusing it with the S3..  Common mistake. Their stuff all seems the same anyway.

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The only problem with a 13inch, is weight and battery life.

How do you know; the product doesn't even exist! It could be physically possible right now.
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If they can figure out a way to do a 13inch iPad that weights 1.5 lbs or less...

Hey now, that was exactly the cutoff I imagined. That–in addition to the fact that the OS for it won't exist for seven more years–is exactly why I think it'll be a while before such a device exists.

It's not going to weigh more than the 1st gen iPad, and it's not going to have shorter than 10 hours of battery life. Apple has made those two things abundantly clear.

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Well... now that iPad, iPhone, is ...'commoditized' lack of better word (or nonword), its wise for Apple to look to expand the line up. Single focus is good for new category etc., but now that they set the bench mark... take advantage.. I have these use cases regarding display etc... just my opinion of course. 1) everyday walking/sport device/phone... 3.5 is perfect. Dont need or want anything bigger. 2) Driving... needed a bigger screen for maps. (Id consider buying a bluetooth display if there is such a thing... just for the map display etc) 3) airplane... present ipad is fine, mini would be fine too. 4) home- present ipad is ok but if there were a light ipad with a bigger screen... that would be tempting. Im sure Apple brain storms all these scenarios and weights the 80 percent use case decisions that best fits all these (and other) scenarios.
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They are just toying with us. Just release them.
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Good points about the 3.5 vs. 4 inch screens. They should've kept a 3.5 version for those who want/need one-handed operation and just added a 4.5 size for people who wanted a larger screen experience and simply don't prioritize one-handed operation. Instead, they came out with a 4 inch screen phone that honestly isn't that pleasing for either group.

 

Yup, agree. But to be fair to Apple, my understanding they may not be able to fit the LTE chips etc in a 3.5 size.
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I can't believe some of you are stuck on the "it's stupid to make a bigger iPhone" ideology. You were all probably making the same comments about the iPad mini because the iPad was the perfect size. It wasn't. Different people want different things. I often see people using two hands to type on their iPhone. I want a bigger iPhone. The iPhone 5 is too small for me. I know tons of friends that want bigger phones. In fact I'm a huge apple fanboy and am jealous of the GS4.
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Different people want different things.

And dumb people want dumb things, yes.

Making the product that people tell you they want is the wrong thing to do.
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I often see people using two hands to type on their iPhone.

... So? What does that have to do with anything, and what does that do to help your point? It's called being able to type quickly. I type with both thumbs on my first-gen. It's really the only way to type in a meaningful amount of time. Why is that somehow proof that a larger iPhone would be good at all, much less better?
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The iPhone 5 is too small for me.

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I know tons of friends that want bigger phones.

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In fact I'm a huge apple fanboy and am jealous of the GS4.

Just go away.

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Having owned both an iPhone 3G and 3G S as well as now the 5, I see the increase in screen size as a considerable drawback. The 3.5 inch screens were much, much easier to use with just one hand, whereas the 5 constantly has to be shuffled around in your hand to be able to reach everything. Increasing the size further will only make things worse.
They can put telephony into an iPad mini for those who desperately need to be able to make phonecalls with their tablets, but stop making the phones bigger every time. Just because the Android gang keeps racing for size doesn't mean that is anything people need. Ever wonder why there's always a "mini" model for every new phablet that comes out?

Valid for you. The point of multiple sizes is that for some use by one hand is not their top priority. That's why Apple's computers come in varied sized as do their iPads now. Having varied sized iPhones only increases sales and customer satisfaction.
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13 inch iPad? If they can make it light enough I'm all for it. 13 inch's is much closer to a paper magazine in size, and I read a lot of hobbyist magazines, it would be nice for me if the electronic versions of these mag's were closer in size to the real thing. The 9.7 inch iPad is still a little on the small side for that.
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