What direction do you think Apple is going with screen size? What is the best way for them to tackle differing variations of iOS screen size compatibility? How do you keep both the users and the developers happy? Will we see the fracturing of IOS adoption rates like Android has experienced from having to support so many new screen sizes? What is the perfect size for the next iPhone?
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What is the perfect size for the next iPhone? [POLL]

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The iPhone 5S was launched less than 2 months ago, but analysts, bloggers and fans of everything Apple are already looking forward to the ‘iPhone 6’ for the biggest potential redesign in the iPhone lineup since it was introduced back in 2007.  As long as there has been an iPhone there have been whispers of the “larger screen size” iPhone coming–next year, of course.  However, with every new iteration and design it has become harder and harder for Apple to keep the specifics of the next iPhone completely under wraps.  This, of course, is due to the incredible popularity of the device.  The more iPhones that are sold, the more you have to make to keep up with demand, and make on such a large scale, it becomes increasingly harder to keep details a secret.

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Previously, months before an “official” launch we have seen every major component leaked, often providing us with a complete visualization of a fully constructed iPhone exterior assembly.  As a result, anyone who follows this information on blog sites like ours, knows, weeks ahead of time what to expect come the iPhone Keynote announcement.  With this in mind, we are already witnessing the full onslaught of the media machine ramping up page views and interest in their cause.  It’s not unexpected, and it’s not easy to resist–for the blogger and reader alike.

But this year, something in the air seems a little different.  This year, figuring in the natural progression of iPhone advancement, seems like the right time to make a splash, and grab a market share that Apple, up until now, has not served.  The iPhone 5S was just released, so we already expect a redesign of sorts and not a repackaging of new internals in a mostly unchanged exterior shell.  The popularity of 4.5-5.5 inch smartphone screen sizes has seen dramatic growth in the recent year(s). With the addition of the iPad mini in Oct 2012, Apple has already shown that they are willing to adjust and expand on their screen size portfolio, filling a niche that just a few short years ago they were unwilling to publicly acknowledge was even desirable.

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With every major analyst not wanting to be left out in the cold without their public predictions being made known, we have seen a flurry of discussions of why this is the right time for introduction of the larger screen iPhone.  And for once, I think they have it right.  The popularity of phones like the HTC One, GS 4, Note 3, Moto X, Nexus and more have proven, without a doubt, that larger screen smartphones are very desirable–and they are selling very well.

Apple is well know for making the best made devices on the market, whether it be computers, mp3 players, smartphones or tablets.  This is an undeniable truth.  What Apple is also well know for, is entering into already established markets and stealing the show with superior craftsmanship, easy to use products and manufacturing leverage.  The time is now for them to do the same with the 4.5-5.5 inch iPhone.

In a recent poll I asked the whether or not you would buy a larger screen iPhone, and the results were surprisingly skewed in one direction.  73% of those who voted said, yes, they would buy a larger screen iPhone, with an additional 13% of voters claiming they were undecided and would wait and see what it looked like before making the purchase.  Most surprising of all was that only 14% of those who voted said that that 4 inch size of the iPhone 5S & 5 C was the sweet spot for screen size.

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Taking in all this information together, what direction do you think Apple is going with screen size?  What is the best way for them to tackle differing variations of iOS screen size compatibility?  How do you keep both the users and the developers happy?  Will we see the fracturing of IOS adoption rates like Android has experienced from having to support so many new screen sizes? 

First and foremost, I don’t see Apple selling anymore 3.5″ devices.  The iPhone 4S has served them well, but next year is time to cut the cord.  With that in mind, do we see 2 or 3 iPhone screen sizes moving forward next fall?  Is it enough to have the iPhone 5S & 5C serve the 4″ market, and introduce a 4.5-5 inch model, or do we actually see Apple surprise us, and introduce a 4.5″ iPhone AND a 5.5″ large iPhone/small tablet (I refuse to call them phablets).  What is the sweet spot for you?  Is one-handed use a deal breaker for you?  What is the perfect size for the next iPhone?

 

 

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  • Edgar Cervantes

    They should stop at 4.5. Still comfortable but not tiny.

    • Renkman

      Agreed, but I could even go a little higher…4.7, 4.8 with the right size bezel. Hell, if they do go with a curved screen, they might be able to go even larger without sacrificing one-handed use as much.

  • jaiotu

    There is no perfect size because humans don’t come in uniform sizes. Additionally some people want a bigger screen for media consumption while others are more concerned with being able to use the phone with one hand. Screen size is the number one factor keeping me on Android right now. I love my Galaxy Note II but would be happy to switch back to an iPhone when Apple starts offering one with a larger screen.