iPad mini to be closer in size to Samsung's Note?

Apple could be taking a cue from frenemy Samsung with its next iOS device, offering a gadget that's a bit larger than most mobile phones, but about half the size of a tablet.

(Credit: Apple)

According to Japanese Apple news site Macotakara, Apple's working with LCD suppliers to get a 5-inch panel with a pixel density high enough to be able to call it a Retina Display. That's according to "a reliable Chinese source", the site said.

That smaller device would arrive sometime next year, Macotakara suggested, and sport either a 1600x960-pixel or 1280x960-pixel resolution — either of which would be a first for an iOS device.

This is just the latest in a series of reports claiming Apple's working on an iOS device that falls somewhere between the iPhone and the iPad. Earlier this month, a report from the Korea Times cited an unnamed Samsung official saying Apple this year would be releasing an iPad with a 7.85-inch screen. That's as opposed to the current iPad's 9.7-inch display. Days before that, there was a report from VentureBeat saying Apple was eyeing a slightly smaller 7.1-inch panel instead.

Muddying up both these claims is the idea that these panels could actually end up being for a next-generation smartphone instead. A report from Reuters last week suggested as much, claiming that Apple was vying to pick up a slightly smaller 4.6-inch display for a new crop of iPhones with screens larger than the 3.5-inch panel the iPhone's shipped with since its introduction.

Apple is under considerably more scrutiny when it comes to the components it buys. The company has a very small variance in its product sizes, offering just a handful of configurations, and keeping sizes the same from generation to generation. This has been under particularly tight control with Apple's iOS family, which just recently jumped to a fourth possible screen resolution with the third-generation iPad.

By comparison, most of Apple's competitors — notably Samsung — have taken a different approach by building its notebooks, handsets and tablets at varying sizes. For instance, Samsung's Galaxy Note device, which has a 5.3-inch display, pulls double duty as a phone and a tablet. Earlier today Samsung said it's sold 5 million units of the Note globally since launching in February. Other such efforts include LG's Optimus Vu, and the ill-fated line of Dell Streak devices.

Via MacRumors and CNET

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Im Batman posted a comment   

Commenting on speculations... but i can't help myself.
of the two options, 1280 x 960, pixel density is spot on, aspect ratio is the same to the ipad.
If this was a iphone maxi, then they like to maintain the aspect ratio, so a 1440 x 960 would be magic... and ironically the resolution of the old G4 PowerBook.


NgocT posted a comment   

Ipad 9" = kid toy, 7"= bizman tool... where it fits perfectly in your jacket pocket.


LarryB1 posted a comment   

isn't it amazing all the Samsung displays are 1024x768, even in Samsung's latest 9.7" devices....except the Samsung display in the new iPad? All Samsung's 9.7" displays.....except Apple's.

Fascinating.....I'd think Samsung's devices would be the FIRST to have a high definition display.....

More reality distortion from the Apple Fields.


Will1505 posted a reply   

It is an odd one but i suspect it is because samsung prefer to use AMOLED screens tin their devices. I think we can all admit they are a nicer screen however being a newer technology, the HD component of them is being a little slower.

The screen in the ipad is LCD. Samsung only make a 9.7inch for the ipad. All the samsung devices have either a 7, 7.7, 8.9 or 10.1inch, with a 11.6inch coming in may.

We all know by now that the screens, processors and memory in the ipad are samsung. Kinda want the advertising to be as follows:
The new samsung ipad, with apple iOS.

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