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Apple reportedly testing 13-inch iPad and possibly phablet iPhone

Apple isn’t dominating the smartphone business like it did in the past, but iPads are still ‘in’ and soon there may be a 13-inch iPad thrown into the mix to keep things fresh for consumers.

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As the smartphone trend shifts toward larger display handsets, Apple has to adapt and do something to restore the prestige it once had when the iPhone brand dominated the smartphone scene.

Many speculated that Apple would eventually have to launch iPhones with display sizes that are in the ‘phablet’ realm (5+ inch).  As it turns out, people’s predictions aren’t far off from reality.  According to WSJ, Apple is currently testing out iPhones with display sizes that are larger than 4-inch.  Not only that, the Cupertino-based company is apparently also testing iPads with a display size of around 13-inch.

Apple has dominated the tablet market with its iPad line for many years now, and it appears as though the company is determined to stay ahead of the pack.  The same can’t be said about the iPhone as Samsung, Apple’s bitter rival from South Korea, has snatched the throne away from Apple and now dominates the smartphone market with a 33.1 percent market share.

News of Apple fiddling around with (hopefully) phablet-like iPhones shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.  What’s surprising is that Apple has, thus far, been willing to take a beating from its competitors in the smartphone space.  Regardless, it seems like an iPhone with display sizes bigger than 4-inch are inevitable.  It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing supply chain ‘leaks’ make their way onto the Internet.

What do you think?  Would an iPhone that’s an inch or two bigger than the current iPhone 5 help Apple keep its market share (perhaps regain some, too), or is it too late?

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