Latest Display Trends Point to Larger iPad and iPhone Screen and Possible iWatch

iPad ProFor the past few months, the rumored 13-inch iPad has been on the minds of tech writers. For at least a year, Apple fans have been chomping at the bit for the supposed iWatch. Ever since the iPhone 5 came out, naysayers have been complaining that the screen is still too small. Today, DisplaySearch published a report on their prediction for display panel sizes in 2014. If their forecast is correct, we will see all three devices in the coming year.

According to DisplaySearch, a visit to the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) provided insight into what the research firm believes will come to fruition sometime this year. Of course, there is no solid evidence that any of their predictions will prove correct. However, it is interesting to see that the market flow is pointing to the possibility of Apple launching new devices in new sizes.

DisplaySearch presented a list of possible panels and what they would be used for in 2014. The smallest panel ranges from 1.3 inches to 1.6 inches and is believed to be in development for Apple’s supposed iWatch. The screen resolution will be 320 x 320 with a pixel-per-inch between 348 and 278.

The research firm also saw evidence of a 4.7, 5.5, and 5.7-6.2-inch display screen. The company believes that Apple will enter either a 4.7 or 5.5-inch iPhone to the market this year with a resolution of either 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080.

As for tablets, DisplaySearch is predicting that Apple is going to be using a 12.9-inch TFT LCD display to make a touch screen tablet. This supposed iPad Pro would have a screen resolution of 2732 x 2048 and have the largest display size in the tablet market.

If Apple does launch any of these new products, it will be interesting to see how it affects the current line of iPhone and iPad models. Will Apple eliminate the 4-inch iPhone? Will the 13-inch iPad really replace the MacBook Air?

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  • Peter

    I have an iPhone 5s and do NOT want a phone bigger than this. I’m not a gamer and I own a tablet. I need my mobile device to be mobile. It already barely fits in my pocket.

    • Lory Gil

      I know what you mean. I have a friend that has a prototype phone that is 6-inches. It looks stupid next to my head. It looks like I’m talking on a clipboard or something. Tablet-wise, I don’t think I’d buy a 13-inch iPad, either. That’s what my laptop is for. :)