Let's assume they did and Apple decided to build one, what size would they go with? I don't see them going to the Galaxy S3 size (4.8"), it just looks too bulky:
You have to imagine that display size with Apple's design around it. They have a certain curvature they use in their products and it won't look right if they shrink the bezels down. If they scaled up the iPhone 5 to the same overall height of the S3, the screen actually wouldn't be that much bigger at all:
That means it needs an entirely new design. Their home button is also quite iconic so it's not likely they'll just throw it away.
Well the big phones are just the newest models . Apple will report the iPhone 5 numbers in a couple of weeks and they'll probably match any of Samsung's best quarters. Samsung also has a habit of reporting shipped units and not sold units. Their tablet sales were actually a very small fraction of what they reported.
But anyway, you could similarly survey S3 buyers and ask if they'd have preferred a smaller phone:
'"I think from Samsung's point of view its about offering breadth and depth of choice.
There's lots of people out there who think the Galaxy S3 is an amazing phone, but there's a lot who think it's just too big."
He said the impressive early sales of the iPhone 5 will have spurred the need for a smaller competing device.'
Bigger, smaller, it's all subjective. I think the iPhone 5 is just right. It'll never be a perfect size because one size doesn't fit all but as I say I think it's the closest to a single size that works for everyone and still retains a nice iconic design.
Samsung didn't have an iconic design in the Galaxy S series, they made the Galaxy S like the 3G and the S2 like the iPhone 4. The S3 is now their own design finally and that's ok but it wouldn't be ok for Apple to go the same way.
How many people have said this? It's common for people to base these things on their own experience as in "everyone I know..." but it's not really possible to extrapolate that into meaningful stats. Samsung's best-selling phone was recently reported to be Samsung's best-selling phone:
This is a 3.2" phone with 320x240 resolution. Its selling point is price and that seems to be the defining benefit of Android phones - you can get one for under $200 paid outright with no contract.
Completely agree and I've said similar things in this thread.
The top selling Androids are 3 inch phones lacking features even the 3GS had.
Also in the picture you have above of the S3 and iPhone5 the screen size difference doesn't look to be that great and the iPhone is a much better proportioned device.
The S3 is ridiculous, and I'm sure a lot of the sales that Samsung includes in S3 numbers are of the S3 Mini which has a 4 inch screen and is half the price (price being the main selling point of any Android phone). All that to say S3 sales numbers are inflated.