Feeds

back to article Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

Apple is said to be "exploring" building iPhones with displays of 4.7 and 5.7 inches, a move – if true – that could be in response to consumer demand for large-screen smartphones such as the 5-inch Galaxy S 4 from über-rival Samsung. In addition, Reuters reports, there are also less-expensive iPhones said to be in the works, …

COMMENTS

This topic is closed for new posts.

Page:

There's nothing wrong with copying

I'd love to get back to a world (if it ever existed) where a company could protect clever technical discoveries with patents, but where no-one owns ideas of shapes or sizes or colours. If one company releases a triangular smartphone and it sells like hotcakes, then great, everyone should build them.

I don't want to live in a world where companies aren't allowed to build things their customers want, just because someone else has already built something similar.

25
0
Bronze badge
Pirate

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

Yes, I agree. The shape, size and colour thing should not be a patent - USAians refer to "Design Patents". Don't call them patents - Much of the rest of the world refers to registered designs, or infringing trade dress, which means that it is less likely that these two concepts are conflated.

I really don't want some cheap company using trade dress to put a cheap knock off in the market - Like say an Asian company using similar designs of packaging and product shape to dress their product as high quality European chocolate; or a supermarket's own label that looks similar to a a market leading brand name.

What would also be nice is to get back to not allowing any patent in an agreed international industry standard - Like the LWZ submarine Unisys GIF debacle which caught a product that I developed.

1
0
Megaphone

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

Nuke the effing software patent!!!!!

3
0
Silver badge
Go

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

There are two sides to this. I agree that software patents and design/artwork patents are bad. however, infringement is also bad. If I designed a specific looking "thing" and it sold primarily because it was a specific looking "thing" I would not be chuffed if corporation X decided its next "item" was to mimic the look of my "thing" purely to take sales based on the idea people thought it was the same "thing".

Likewise, if a company designed a brand new file system that was the "best ever". I wouldnt be too happy that other companies could simply rip it off withought fear. Software and design patents may be seen to stifle true innovation where common sense would prevail. However common sense matters not to huge corporations that only care about bottom lines and new ways to avoid paying tax.

Whats the answer? Perhaps another layer, a specific "patent" that covers design/software that needs to be narrower and more detailed in scope - that way rounded corners on a phone would not translate to rounded corners on a GPS device etc.

2
1
Silver badge

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

Here's a lovely email exchange between Penguin Books Ltd and David Thorne, discussing David's use of a stylised penguin on his second book- and how removed from Penguin Book's logo they would like it to be:

http://www.27bslash6.com/covers.html

2
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

"There's nothing wrong with copying" Apple have been doing it for years!

3
1
Flame

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

I agree but it is hypocritical when apple have sued Samsung for copying their iPad and iPhone "in order confuse customers to buy the Samsung model rather than the apple" which they won initially in the US then lost in Germany, samsung counter sued and won and then overturned the US verdict.

It reeks of hypocrisy if apple are they going to turn around and openly copy what Samsung are doing (and probably try and sue later).

2
0
Silver badge

Re: There's nothing wrong with copying

The shape, size and colour thing should not be a patent - USAians refer to "Design Patents". Don't call them patents - Much of the rest of the world refers to registered designs, or infringing trade dress, which means that it is less likely that these two concepts are conflated.

Technically design patents only apply to ornamentation and are not supposed to cover functionality. To me a rectangular case that holds a slightly smaller rectangular screen is functional not ornamentation so it shouldn't get a design patent and being fairly obvious it should never get a utility patent either.

1
0
Coat

missed opportunity

Title should have read something like:-

'Apple finding 10 inches a pain, said to be looking for something closer to 6 inches' .

8
1
Silver badge

Re: missed opportunity

"Apple almost ready to admit 4 inches just isn't enough for everyone?"

5
1
Trollface

Re: missed opportunity

"Apple almost ready to admit 4 inches just isn't enough for everyone?"

Your wife could have told you this.

1
0
Anonymous Coward

I'll believe it when I see it

It's just another 'There will be a bigger iPhone' prediction. Anything can happen, but I would expect to see a patent along the lines of 'Method of using a large screen phone with one hand,' first.

2
0
Trollface

They will do what they normally do

Just wait till someone else builds a 5inch screen smartphone, then claim it is a patent infringement, as they came up with the idea first. Now they have published a possibility of plans to develop 5inch screens, its illegal for any one else to do it.

3
1
Bronze badge

But wait - Apple will patent 'rounded corners' on the display.

No wait, that's already in prototype stage, ok, they'll patent their 'retina' display, no wait, that's been done too.

Oh well, may as well claim it as their own like they've done before anyway...

1
2
g e
Silver badge
Holmes

Just like

All that stuff Android has copied from IOS7 over the last X years.

Except the lower case keyboard.

3
7
FAIL

I called it!!

I actually posted a comment in another article here six months ago saying that when apple releases a 4.7inch phone in late 2013 they will claim HTC LG Samsung and Sony were for 2 years only copying what Apple had planned for the future. Apple I can read you like a book. Its a children's book and incredibly boring. Every page seems to read exactly like the previous page!?

6
4
Stop

Re: I called it!!

Oh and China is full of 5.7 inch HD android models. Dozens. So many in fact that Apple AND Samsung are taking a besting in China. I actually bought one myself, the Inew I2000, quad core mediatek 6589, HD screen and $200US free shipping unlocked with dual sim, expandable SD, and comes with two batteries. And benches faster than the exynos 4412 Quad. This is nothing anywhere near new, or what Apple will call 'magical' and 'groundbreaking'

3
1

Re: I called it!!

Actually - I think they are a company that out-do even Apple. Like $2300 in shipping charges. That's airmail - it's only $230 ground mail. To either the US or the UK. Damn I bet Tim Cook would cream himself for those margins.

It's strangely depressing to think that someone would pay that.

0
2
Silver badge

Re: larokus

I'd like to see some of those benchmarks, have you got a link?

0
0

Re: larokus

http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/11/mediatek-launches-worlds-first-quad-core-cortex-a7-soc-we-go-h/

0
0

Re: I called it!!

You posted this too early, they haven't released a 5.7" phone and they haven't complained of anyone copying this mythical device - it's all rumour, opinion and supposition at this point.

But do come back in six months to gloat if you turn out to be correct, by all means.

0
0
Paris Hilton

Re: I called it!!

--> 'I think they are a company that outdoo even Apple'. Which company are you referring to with these ridiculous shipping charges? The Chinese mediatek powered phones ship for free worldwide from a number of online retailers.

0
0
FAIL

Anti-Apple bias

I am sick and tired of the Anti-Apple tripe appearing on El Reg - its really disgusting to say the least.

Can't your hacks take a leaf out of The Guardian when reporting anything Apple related, if you cannot be bothered to fawn over Apple, please stop reporting about them.

As for your attack tactics on Apple accusing it of 'copying/ripping off' competitors - since when has Apple followed the pack - its a well known fact that the phablet was first introduced by Apple in the form of the Newton, and as such, it is Samsung that is copying Apple - the Apple Newton's dimensions being: 4.7 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches.

Next you'll be claiming it was Xerox who invented the GUI and Mouse, rather than Lord Job's.

Get a grip and stop slagging Apple off - once the new Samsung inspired, I mean Apple inspired Phablet is introduce you'll be put in your place.

17
7
Thumb Down

Re: Anti-Apple bias

Look, in the past five years or so, I've bought two Apple desktops, two laptops, three iPods and two iPhones. And while I'm very happy with all of them, Apple's practice of patenting every ridiculous bit of their design is becoming quite distasteful to me, and I don't mind El Reg pointing this out.

To me, an anti-Apple bias would be reviewing their products unfairly, and I've never found this to be the case. Taking the piss out of the business practices of an arrogant multinational, albeit one whose products I like, is NOT anti-Apple bias, it's simply telling it like it is.

6
3
Bronze badge

Re: Anti-Apple bias

I get the feeling that putting </sarcasm> tags on comments may need to be compulsory to avoid confusing some readers

13
0

Re: Anti-Apple bias

I'll just put a few <twat> tags around my face the next time :/

6
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: Anti-Apple bias

Erm, when you actually produce good aesthetically pleasing design you are perfectly entitled to register those designs for protection.

Do you think Nike, Adidas and others don't register their designs? they are perfectly entitled to prevent knock off versions appearing.

Samsung and HTC produce such god-awful boring ugly looking tripe that nobody in their right mind would copy.

0
11
Devil

Re: Anti-Apple bias

Very clever buildup to a great troll, but I'd have let it run a bit longer. :D

1
0
Silver badge

Re: Anti-Apple bias

"... once the new Samsung inspired, I mean Apple inspired Phablet is introduce you'll be put in your place."

iPhablet, Shirley.

0
0

Re: Anti-Apple bias

Actually, it was The Guardian I was having a go at, rather than Apple itself.

Having been banned from the Guardian forums for pointing out that its Apple coverage was more like an 'Advotorial' than an actual unbiased article, I take great pleasure in having a dig at them and Apple.

By the way, I'm a Apple household and blown way by the new Mac Pro - shame my business is doing shit and won't be able to grab one.

1
0

er, why not the iPad

Why not just put the cell phone radio in the iPad and be done with it?

3
0
Happy

Re: er, why not the iPad

Because not even the most rabid fanboi would want to hold 10 inches of shiny shiny against the side of his head.

There's looking 'cool', and then there's just looking 'like a dick'.

1
0
jai
Silver badge

Re: er, why not the iPad

5.7 inches isn't very far away from the iPad Mini size. a 6 inch phone is practically like holding a tablet to the side of your head.

i'll be very surprised if this actually comes to market as a phone.

it could easily be the screen they are testing a remote control for the AppleTV or something.

Exploring doesn't mean they're going into large scale production, just means someone at Apple has presumably ordered a few of these for R&D

0
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: er, why not the iPad

Asus already have done this with the Padphone.

0
0
Facepalm

Re: er, why not the iPad

People already use the iPad as a camera, using it as a phone probably looks more reasonable.

4
0
Anonymous Coward

"By making the screen taller, not wider, [...]"

"By making the [iPhone 5] screen taller, not wider, iPhone 5 is just as easy to use with one hand so you can tap, type and scroll the same way you always have."

... and ...

"If Apple does go ahead and release a 5.7 or 4.7-inch iPhone – and remember, "exploring" doesn't mean "building" – which company will be the copycat this time around?"

Where is the contradiction? The rumored 5.7-inch iPhone will of course not be any wider than the 4-inch iPhone 5, as new phone will still need to fit present docks/cradles etc.

Actually a 10-inch iPhone could be made to the same Apple-patented comfortable-to-operate width - though it would be almost 10 inches tall. ;-)

0
0
Bronze badge

Re: "By making the screen taller, not wider, [...]"

reminds me of this iPhone 5 advert...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNBP18nrRdw

0
0

Re: " as new phone will still need to fit present docks/cradles etc."

Just wondering if anyone has actually seen any docks / cradles with the new lightning connector?

There are millions out there for the good old 30pin but in the year that the iPhone5 has been available, i don't think i have seen a single dock/cradle, let alone any updates of the myriad of speakers and stereos that are "made for iPhone / iPod". Most seem to be going the bluetooth / airplay route.

The idea of using one of those 30pin-lightning adapters is a joke, especially as in a lot of devices it will stop the (already taller) device from actually fitting in the designated space.

0
0

Re: " as new phone will still need to fit present docks/cradles etc."

I have. In Curry's. I walked past the dock speakers and noticed several of them had the new connector. I wasn't in there for that, so didn't pay much attention to how many etc, but there were some.

0
0
Silver badge

Slow news day then?

Any company worth its salt would be 'looking at' a whole range of different size and form factored phones. They may even make a few dozen prototypes of a few sizes just to see how the work in reality.

This is a frigging long way from actually putting the beasts into production.

Can't El-Reg hacks understand even the simple principals?

Nah, all they want to do is write some crap bit of fluff just to get a few ad page loads.

Fail

3
2
Anonymous Coward

Re: Slow news day then?

Missing the point entirely. Apples entire strategy has been to have a limited product range. The iphone, the ipad. They even dropped numbering ipads for that reason, every new model will simply be called new ipad.

This is a company that has run out of ideas. First the ipad mini, now looking at different size and coloured iphones, all they are able to do is re-jig existing products. It's like when games consoles get a bit of a refresh at the end of their life with new colours and maybe a bit slimmer to eek a few more sales out before the next gen console is released but Apple have nothing to follow it up with

3
1
Anonymous Coward

Re: Caps Lock?

"It's like when games consoles get a bit of a refresh at the end of their life with new colours and maybe a bit slimmer to eek a few more sales out before the next gen console is released"

You'd better not be referring to my wonderul Pikachu N64!

1
0
Anonymous Coward

Re: Slow news day then?

> Apple have nothing to follow it up with

Who would have thought that someone so high up in Apple's R&D dept. would take time out to comment in these forums?

I mean, you *must* be well versed in what Apple have in the pipeline to know that they have nothing, otherwise that would just be malicious rubbish and I can't see that being the case on here at all.

Do tell us, are The Register correct with their story? Oh, and who is doing something other that just re-jigging existing products? It seems that's a label you can stick on pretty much anything if you try hard enough.

iPhone? All they did was put a phone inside an iPod.

iPad? All they did was make the iPhone with a bigger screen.

0
2

Ooh, fibbers!

"although we enjoy a good rumor as much as the next fellow" - now that is totally untrue - the Reg enjoys a good rumour FAR more than the next fellow!

1
0
Silver badge

I was talking to a retired doctor in the pub the other day- he doesn't have a smartphone (said he was waiting for one clear winner to emerge, 'like Betamax or VHS'... no matter), but cited a 91 year old gentleman who has always had an iPhone, until he got a Galaxy S IV- he thought the bigger screen would suit him better. However, the old boy didn't get on with it to well, probably because he was used to how his iPhones did things.

A larger screened iPhone would have his custom.

The cheaper model of iPhone rumour... Apple's entrance to the low-end could explain why Tim Cook was being derogatory about Android at WWDC.

0
0
Silver badge

For the retired doctor, is 75% share not enough? (I don't think the VHS vs Betamax analogy works for platforms, because Apple and MS at least are never going to give up on their own platforms.)

Switching platforms always takes a bit of getting used to, whichever way you go, I found some Android niggles annoyed me coming from Symbian, but I've got used to it now.

0
0

Getting the (i)va-va-voom back

make it folding (in half) = you are the winner

otherwise YAWN

0
0

This post has been deleted by its author

yawn

If there is speculation for every possible permutation of the next product from Apple, the chances of someone being right about something is increased...

It's hardly news...

0
0

Page:

This topic is closed for new posts.