How big a mobile device do you want to tote?

With the latest-generation of tablets and smart phones only a few years old, manufacturers are still trying to figure out which size buyers want.

Which is why reports make sense that Apple is testing larger screen sizes for its wildly popular iPad and iPhone. Bigger screens mean more information can be displayed, but usually at a price – weight – in addition to heft.
The current iPad has a 9.7-in screen, while the iPhone 5 has a 4-in. screen.

Still, there’s only so many ways a portable computing device can be distinguished from a competitors’, and screen size is one of them. Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S4 (5-in. screen), and the even larger Galaxy Note II (5.5-in.), have shown that there are plenty of buyers who think bigger is better. Two weeks ago Canaccord Genuity financial analyst Michael Walkley said in a note to investors that the Galaxy S4 is eating into iPhone 5 sales. On the other hand, he also said research shows softening demand for high-tier smartphones.

The reports that Apple’s Asian suppliers are testing larger screen sizes for the company comes as Apple prepares to release its latest quarterly financial results when the stock market closes today.
According to, financial analyst think Apple will show little or no revenue growth. One report is that the iPad mini and not the full size iPad made up most of the tablet sales.

The most logical time for any maker to release a new device will be in late August for the back to school buying period.

Computerworld U.S. quotes an industry analyst as saying a larger iPad connected to a wireless keyboard would follow the lead of some Windows 8 computer manufacturers, who have so-called 2-in-one convertible PCs.

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