Apple has never been famous for building crazy products, but it has been quite notorious for building prototypes of anything it thinks of. Apple is also famous for cannibalizing its own legacy products with new ones in order to retain relevance in converging markets, as we saw with the iPod and iPhone. The question is if Apple is actually considering doing the same between the iPhone and iPad, as iPad sales haven’t really wowed anyone?
Reports have it that Apple is testing an odd and crazy 4-inch iPhone prototype that can actually unfolds to become an iPad mini. The details of how this product works are still quite scarce, but the report does mention that this is possible through a foldable OLED display that’s being tested for this purpose. The analyst that discovered this also mentions that Apple may not be ready to launch such a product, but that it will keep it close to heart for the future. More prototypes being mentioned include a 5.5-inch iPhone with a 2K OLED display, the rumored iTV, a touchscreen MacBook Air with an A8 processor, aside from this odd iPhone/iPad convertible.
The iPad mini hasn’t necessarily been a disappointment, but it clearly hasn’t taken the world by storm. It’s hard to tell if this product will reach the light of day, but wouldn’t it be cool if it would?