Talk of an iPhone with phablet dimensions will remain exactly that for the foreseeable future, it seems, after Apple’s CEO rubbished the current state of larger screen technology.
Fielding questions from tech and business scribes at yesterday’s Apple earnings call, Tim Cook claimed that the low quality of larger screens when it comes to factors such as colour reproduction and battery consumption means they don’t figure in the company’s plans right now.
That’s not to say that it won’t be in years to come, though. Cook said that if the tech improves so that Apple would not have to compromise on quality and user experience, the phablet could yet be a goer.
In a veiled dig at arch-enemy Samsung, he remarked that Apple’s rivals’ willingness to acknowledge consumer demand for more expansive displays meant they had “made some significant trade-offs” when it comes to quality.
He told delegates: "We would not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist.”
His comments appear to kybosh hopes that Apple will look to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note this year and put a dampener on the chances that the iPhone 6 could feature even an incrementally larger screen than the four-inch number that the current flagship packs.
Conversely, a smaller iPhone, the 'iPhone mini' or low-cost iPhone of legend, is expected to land this year. Aimed at markets in the developing world, this is reputed to be home to a 3.5-inch screen and feature a cheaper plastic construction.