Will Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) heed the words of “The Donald?” Celebrity businessman Donald Trump recently took to Twitter to offer some unsolicited and urgent advice to the Cupertino-based smartphone maker.
“As an addition, Apple must go to a larger screen now — ASAP. They’re losing their standing in the market,” wrote Trump. Although Trump works primarily as a real estate developer, he may be best-known for his role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice.
While Trump is not the first pundit to advise the iPhone maker to release a large-screen device, it is unclear what suddenly prompted the business mogul to take an intense interest in Apple’s smartphone market standing. However, regardless of Trump’s demands, Apple appears to already be making preparations to launch a larger iPhone.
Last month, unnamed sources cited by the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple is considering the production of several new iPhone models that could have screen sizes ranging from 4.8 inches to 6 inches. Apple’s latest iPhone models — the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C — both feature 4-inch displays.
More recently, NPD DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh predicted that Apple will release a 4.7-inch screen iPhone, as well as a “phablet” size iPhone with a 5.7-inch display in 2014. So, take heart Mr. Trump – the large-screen iPhones may already be on their way.
Here’s how Apple traded on Tuesday:
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