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[Rumor] Apple Working on a 5-Inch “Phablet” for 2013? Galaxy Note Contender?

Okay so we’ve heard about Apple looking into a rumored 7-inch iPad for release later this year, but this one is crazy. Apparently Apple is rumored to be working on some sort of  5-inch “phablet”. If you don’t know what a “phablet” is, it’s too big to be a phone, but too small to be a tablet. We’ve recently seen something of this nature materialize from Samsung, featured in a few Fanboy taunting commercials. Would Apple really copy the Samsung Galaxy Note? I thought it was the other way around…

Apparently “a reliable Chinese source,” Macotakara says the phablet will have a Retina resolution of 1,600×960 or 1,280×960. According to Cult of Mac, Macotakara has a “pretty shaky track record, so take this rumor with a gigantic grain of salt.” So I’m guessing this one’s a no go. But you never know, it’s Apple. I think the idea is kinda stupid honestly.

Apple seems to have a plan of 5-inch Retina Display device in 2013.

According to reliable Chinese source, LCD supplior of Apple seems to be developing 5-inch Retina Display.

The product which has 5-inch Retina Display is expected to be released in 2013, and resolution of this LCD will be 1,600 x 960 pixel (800 x 480 by legacy majour) or 1,280 x 960 pixel (640 x 480).

I’d hate to see an “Apple iNote” or something. Whatever though we’ll see many rumors like this throughout the rest of the year. This could also just be a concept or prototype. Either way, I won’t believe it until I see it. I’m perfectly happy with an iPad.

Do you think Apple will make a “Phablet”?

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  • Michael Redman

    Personally I think there’s a huge market for the phablet form factor.
    1. You can’t put an iPad in your pocket
    2. The iPhone screen is too small for reading while walking
    3. The iPhone screen is too small for a lot of older people when sight becomes an issue (like me!)
    4. The iPhone screen is too small to read documents in any quantity.

    IPad is good for surfing on the sofa but often to big to take around routinely

    I would buy a 5 inch iphalet tomorrow if it existed. As it is I will probably get the Galaxy Note 2 when it comes out and retire the iPhone 4 for the above reasons. Apple should give people the choice. 5 inches might be too big for some but not for me.

    • http://www.macmixing.com/ Dom

      I’d buy an iPad Mini if they make it! I agree iPhone = Too Small, iPad = Too big to carry around.

  • Terry

    I think the Note is a fantastic device (even if its on a pretty terrible carrier). If Apple would bring out an “iPhablet” device – a phone with both a “Note-sized” form factor and true iOS tablet operation… i’d buy it. And, if the new device could be made available for use from a reasonable carrier like a TMobile or a U.S. Cellular… I believe I’d even be waiting in one of those damn lines Apple is famous for!

  • windchillfactor

    Without the bold Steve steering the ship who knows what stupid direction it may be steered in!

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