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iPhone Phablet: Is Apple Joining the Large-Screen Smartphone Market?

Tuesday, 07 Jan 2014 04:49 PM

By David Ogul

Is Apple throwing its iPhone into the phablet game? Some reports say the tech giant is getting ready to launch a cross between its iPhone and iPad, joining a trend of large-screened phones referred to as phablets.

The Chinese news site Huanqui says a phablet could be released as early as May, though it wasn’t sure what to call it. “This phone is not a real iPhone 6, but belongs to a new product line,” the report states.

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BGR says the iPhone phablets will reportedly come with a display screen bigger than 5 inches, along with a 20 nanometer processor produced by TSMC that will either be a new A8 processor or a revamped A7 CPU.

Wrote BGR: “It’s not clear at this time whether any of these new iPhone reports are based on actual Apple plans, or whether they’re related in any way. What’s absolutely certain, however, is that they can’t possibly be confirmed.”

The debate continues on whether a larger screen is better, or whether consumers want a product that's easier to hold and fit in their pockets.

Techies, and those who aren’t so technologically inclined, took to Twitter to discuss the developments.

Apple reported a profit of $7.5 billion on revenue of $37.5 billion for the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. iPhone accounts for more than 43 percent of the U.S. market, but that is down from the 53 percent in 2012.

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