Originally Posted by Bregalad
3. A larger high resolution iPhone designed to beat large Android phones
You're missing some obvious facts from your long list.
1. Out of all Android phones, most are the same size screen as an iPhone or smaller. The larger ones are not actually the bulk of the market.
2. The ones that are large, are currently not "beating the iPhone."
If larger than 5" phones are all the rage like the detractors say, why would Apple take a few years to think about it and then come up with a 4.5" screen, only to change their mind less than a year later and decide they should have gone with a 5" screen? If they truly believed that a bigger phone screen was better or if they truly thought that this was a segment of the market that they "needed to address" why wouldn't they do it when they changed the size of the original phone six months ago?
Anyway you look at it, for the people pushing the 5" or bigger screen jazz are right, then you have to assume that Apple is not only almost criminally stupid, but that they are also cripplingly indecisive at the same time. You have to believe they are all running around with their hair on fire reacting to every slight bump in the market like complete idiots. You have to believe that they just have no idea what to do right now and are grasping at straws. Is that likely?
The only real legs the whole "It needs to be bigger" fantasy has, is the fact that there *might* be a small market developing for the so-called "phablet" as in a small 5-7" sitabletze device with a stylus that is also a phone. What people don't seem to see however, is that this is the same market the iPad mini plays in.
Apple could decimate/capture the entire "phablet" market overnight with two simple steps, one of which is likely already underway.
1. Let the phone app reside on the iPad mini as well as the iPhone.
2. Add a stylus and an API for same.
This would immediately turn the iPad mini into a better "Phablet" than any of the competition. They'd be wiped out. It wouldn't cost Apple a thing and could be done in a month or two tops.
Why would anyone buy a 5" galaxy note when an only slightly bigger iPad mini with a stylus could do so much more? Why would anyone who likes the idea of a large phone that's also a small tablet, not instantly prefer the iPad mini if you could also use it as a phone? If your answer is that the smaller Galaxy note is easier to hold in your hand and therefore makes a better phone, then congratulations you've just argued in a complete circle and proven that in fact, "phones" should be smaller.
Apple is making solid, rational choices with a definite long term plan in mind. Everyone else is just reacting to whatever they think the market is doing.
Who's winning? And why is everyone arguing that Apple should stop with this silly long term planning and react like a chump to whatever the latest analyst *thinks* is happening?