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Faced with growing popularity of big-screen phones, Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone with "at least" two different screen sizes, one analyst claims.

The details were reported on Tuesday by Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, who said the details stem from a meeting with a company in Apple's supply chain. In fact, White said it's possible that Apple's so-called "iPhone 5S" could even launch with three separate screen sizes, in his view.

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"We believe Apple is coming around to the fact that one size per iPhone release does not work for everyone and offering consumers an option has the potential to expand the company's market share," he said.

White expects that Apple will launch its next iPhone models in July, where he also believes the company will debut a lower-priced iPhone model that would address a large segment of the market that Apple currently does not serve.

The analyst doesn't believe that Apple would be able to offer an iPhone below $300 without a contract subsidy. He said on Tuesday that market watchers expecting an iPhone priced at $200 or even $150 will be disappointed, while a price between $300 and $350 "makes more sense."

"We believe this price point is reassuring for investors that Apple wants to expand its market reach with consumers in developing countries such as China," he said. "However, the company will also manage its margin profile and brand accordingly."

White is the same analyst who made waves last week when he claimed that Apple plans to launch a television set this year with a so-called "iRing" accessory for precise gesture-based controls. He also believes the "iTV" will come with a "mini" screen that will allow users to view content on a smaller display throughout the home, though this accessory will apparently not be as powerful as an independent iPad.

The analyst also made claims last week that Microsoft is working on a competitor to Google Glass that the Windows maker will allegedly launch in the first half of 2014. He believes the wearable computing market will heat up with the debut of a smart wristwatch accessory from Apple as well.

The latest claims from White regarding multiple iPhone screen sizes are not new, as earlier reports had suggested Apple plans to release a larger iPhone with a 5-inch screen, dubbed an "iPhone plus."

As larger iPhones like Samsung's Galaxy Note series have gained traction in the marketplace, there has been increasing speculation that Apple could go even bigger with a future iPhone model. The company increased the screen size of its flagship handset from 3.5 inches to 4 inches with the launch of the iPhone 5 last September.
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Brian W. of Topeka is nuts.

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I can't believe people take these guys seriously. iRing??
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iPhone Plus? Hmm. Plus size makes me think of fat woman's clothing (sorry ladies). Didn't Apple, once before, designed the iPod that made it look fat? Don't think that way of design worked out too well as Apple went back to its slender ways.

I would think iPhone for the new 5 inch (if rumors are true) and iPhone Mini for the 4 inch... AND DROP THE 4, 4S, 5, 5S, stuff!

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I know a certain class of person goes ape-s**t whenever someone says what I'm about to say, but here goes:

Offering two screen sizes for the iPhone with the same resolution but different pixel density (just like with the iPad and iPad mini) makes a tremendous amount of sense. There are a lot of customers (particularly older customers) who prefer larger text and bigger UI elements.

And related to this -- there are also a lot of customers who simply cannot perceive any benefit to having a retina display. Offering lower priced versions of products that lack a retina display also makes a great deal of sense.

Just to pre-empt the usual complaints:

1. I'm talking about screen sizes varying because of different pixel density, not because of differences in logical screen size. So this would not be a major hassle for developers. And as noted above -- Apple already does this with the iPad and iPad mini.

2. Apple is not religious about retina displays or anything else other than making great products (and for many, many customers, a product lacking a retina display is still a great product)

3. Economies of scale is not a major constraint here. Apple produces more smartphones than anybody except maybe Samsung, but with far, far fewer models. If Apple were to offer four basic models of iPhones at a time: big retina, big non-retina, small retina, small non-retina, it would still enjoy massive economies of scale advantages over all competitors (including Samsung, which has far more models). [note, this assumes the current practice of keeping old models around would end, and that the less expensive models would be the non-retina models]
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There are two sizes right now.

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The average screen size of phones sold today would be a bell curve ranging from less than three inches to five point five inches.

 

Such a bell curve would be massively skewed toward top selling iPhones and cheaper smaller screened phones.

 

In other words another grasping at straws report with very little basis in fact apart from anecdotal, wishful thinking.

 

 


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I know a certain class of person goes ape-s**t whenever someone says what I'm about to say, but here goes:

Offering two screen sizes for the iPhone with the same resolution but different pixel density (just like with the iPad and iPad mini) makes a tremendous amount of sense. There are a lot of customers (particularly older customers) who prefer larger text and bigger UI elements.
 

 

Three point five and four inch, the two current iPhone screen sizes, available now at a store near you.

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It would be nice to get the latest internals with a smaller screen size (if they are indeed going larger). I haven't checked out the iPhone 5 yet so I'm not sure how I'll like the taller 4" screen, but the 3.5" works well for me now (I don't have big hands).

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There are two sizes right now.

He means two sizes for newly released products in the iPhone family. The 3.5" iPhone models, even though still be manufactured and sold, are still older models.

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Why don't you put the part "one analyst claims" right on the title instead of trying to make this BS seen as fact?

And since when an analyst saying something gives any sort of credibility to something? You might as well say "a pile of sh*t claims".

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Whatever...

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It would be nice to get the latest internals with a smaller screen size (if they are indeed going larger). I haven't checked out the iPhone 5 yet so I'm not sure how I'll like the taller 4" screen, but the 3.5" works well for me now (I don't have big hands).


Just after 1 month of using iPhone 5, I no longer noticed the increase in screen height.

 

In the last 4 months, I have switched back and forth for development purposes. Frankly, after the first minute or so, I notice the thickness difference more than the height difference, if the phones are not side by side.

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Why don't you put the part "one analyst claims" right on the title instead of trying to make this BS seen as fact?
And since when an analyst saying something gives any sort of credibility to something? You might as well say "a pile of sh*t claims".

They start it with the word rumor. That seems sufficient to me.

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The average screen size of phones sold today would be a bell curve ranging from less than three inches to five point five inches.

 

Such a bell curve would be massively skewed toward top selling iPhones and cheaper smaller screened phones.

 

In other words another grasping at straws report with very little basis in fact apart from anecdotal, wishful thinking.

 

Three point five and four inch, the two current iPhone screen sizes, available now at a store near you.


Sorry. But it's not a bell curve. A bell curve implies a Gaussian distribution which requires, amongst many other things, symmetric distribution on two sides of the mean. Don't see that at all. Furthermore, in general, product sub-categories do not follow a normal distribution. Finally, a bell curve has one peak (the mean) and therefore cannot be massively skewed towards two screen sizes.

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Just after 1 month of using iPhone 5, I no longer noticed the increase in screen height.

 

In the last 4 months, I have switched back and forth for development purposes. Frankly, after the first minute or so, I notice the thickness difference more than the height difference, if the phones are not side by side.

I agree- Thought I don't notice the increased size with the 4"-  the 3.5" seems much much smaller when I have to use an older device for whatever reason (helping a friend with something, etc.)

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Why don't you put the part "one analyst claims" right on the title instead of trying to make this BS seen as fact?

And since when an analyst saying something gives any sort of credibility to something? You might as well say "a pile of sh*t claims".

 

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They start it with the word rumor. That seems sufficient to me.


Good enough indeed. Furthermore, what's the point anymore of attacking any article herein for not explictly distinguishing between fact and rumor? Sounds like crankiness looking for a vent.

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Typically an S generation iPhone does not change the physical shape of the phone. If Apple follows that pattern and releases an iPhone 5S there won't be any form factor changes until iPhone 6.


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Of course the iPhone will launch will a lower price model and two different sizes:
  • The new iPhone (4" 32, 64 or 128 GB SSD) $199, $299, $399 with contract
  • iPhone 5 (4" 16 GB SSD) $99 with contract
  • iPhone 4S (3.5" 16 GB SSD) Free with contract

Do the people making these predictions believe that Apple will also make software changes to begin catering to the anti-Apple demographic?
  • Overwriting the OS
  • Removable storage
  • Replacable batteries
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I also would think 2 sizes having the exact same pixels is the best way to go. Would elminate massive amount of headache for developers, and honestly most users who want a bigger screen just want a bigger screen, and bigger elements. Content like photos, videos, etc will also be bigger, but the view will be exactly the same. Some will mock, bitch and moan, but these arent the majority, and the pros of taking this route far exceed the cons.
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I wish there was some way to get around the pixel ratio being a fixed scale factor. Web pages and desktop apps have been able to adjust to resizeable windows for years, I don't know why iOS apps can't do it.

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If Apple ever release larger screen size, I bet it will be 4.8" screen, still 326 ppi, 1363x768.

 

Current 4.0" and 3.5" screen apps would be automatically zoom to 1.2x (120%) still crisp at 272ppi, that’s higher than retina 9.7" iPad (264 ppi).

Of course, devs can take advantage of the resolution increase if they optimized their apps.

Also, homescreen icons would still be 4×5 not 5×5, it will just be spacier like what they did on the iPad.

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If Apple ever release larger screen size, I bet it will be 4.8" screen, still 326 ppi, 1363x768.

That means yet another resolution developers have to support. I would think they would do what they did with the iPad mini and simply use the iPhone's old PPI (i.e.: display panels) but still use 1024x768. That would mean using the 264 PPI of the iPad 4 and keeping the 1136x640 resolution which ends up being a 4.9404" display. However, i find that size to be questionable in terms of being called Retina as it means the minimum viewing distance for the Retina effect is 13.02".

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For many people, poorer, younger and developing markets, the large screen smartphone is their sole computing device in the developing world, it may be a families sole computing devise. Screen size matters as much as price in these segments.

I would limit a larger screen iPhone or cheaper iPhone to India and china. 4.7 to 5 inches seems about right. The US iPhone should not be greater than 4.3 inches and should not have a lower priced option available other than off the run models.
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I for one hope we get a new 3.5" iPhone.
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Originally Posted by AppleZilla View Post

There are two sizes right now.


Not "really" two "sizes" so much as a "regular" and a "stretch" model (like limos). 

 

It's going to take increased width as well as height to keep me in the fold.  At the moment I'm leaning to an iPad and Android phone.  And I can lash them together well enough with a product like SugarSync or DropBox for my file-sharing needs - and those products actually give me some access to file management.

 

And given the affordability of mobile apps, I also like the notion of experimenting with two ecosystems and UI design languages at this stage of tech evolution.

PS: I think the "stretch model" was a tactical mistake as it is - as it won't scale well if expanded in both directions, making something very top-heavy in a "pocketable."  Hoping tactical won't become strategic as form factors evolve, but not hopeful.  For non-gamers, wide screen consumption content is the only true advantage I see for the stretch form factor, and I believe most still prefer long-form content on larger screens, at least iPad mini size.. 
 

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I also would think 2 sizes having the exact same pixels is the best way to go. Would eliminate massive amount of headache for developers, and honestly most users who want a bigger screen just want a bigger screen, and bigger elements. Content like photos, videos, etc will also be bigger, but the view will be exactly the same. Some will mock, bitch and moan, but these aren't the majority, and the pros of taking this route far exceed the cons.

 

 

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If Apple ever release larger screen size, I bet it will be 4.8" screen, still 326 ppi, 1363x768.

 

Current 4.0" and 3.5" screen apps would be automatically zoom to 1.2x (120%) still crisp at 272ppi, that’s higher than retina 9.7" iPad (264 ppi).

Of course, devs can take advantage of the resolution increase if they optimized their apps.

Also, homescreen icons would still be 4×5 not 5×5, it will just be spacier like what they did on the iPad.

 

I can live just fine with 272 ppi if that's how the economics vs design considerations work out.  Bigger keyboard targets are essential to me, a tiny bit of fuzz on 'em is not.  But if not outrageously priced 326 in 4.8" sounds nice as well.

 

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That means yet another resolution developers have to support. I would think they would do what they did with the iPad mini and simply use the iPhone's old PPI (i.e.: display panels) but still use 1024x768. That would mean using the 264 PPI of the iPad 4 and keeping the 1136x640 resolution which ends up being a 4.9404" display. However, i find that size to be questionable in terms of being called Retina as it means the minimum viewing distance for the Retina effect is 13.02".

 

Since the great majority of mobile app money's to be made in iOS apps, and will be even more so once Apple has a LINE of "current" model phones covering all the demand segments, I say developers can put on their Big Boy Pants and deal with another res to write for.  Sheesh.

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Of course the iPhone will launch will a lower price model and two different sizes:
  • The new iPhone (4" 32, 64 or 128 GB SSD) $199, $299, $399 with contract
  • iPhone 5 (4" 16 GB SSD) $99 with contract
  • iPhone 4S (3.5" 16 GB SSD) Free with contract

Do the people making these predictions believe that Apple will also make software changes to begin catering to the anti-Apple demographic?
  • Overwriting the OS
  • Removable storage
  • Replacable batteries

Overwriting the OS? Do you mean revamping it?

 

There is a school of thought (I think Gruber mentioned it, although he didn't initiate the idea) that, regardless of how clean the iOS UX is, the *market* may tire of it. Time will tell.

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I also would think 2 sizes having the exact same pixels is the best way to go. Would elminate massive amount of headache for developers, and honestly most users who want a bigger screen just want a bigger screen, and bigger elements. Content like photos, videos, etc will also be bigger, but the view will be exactly the same. Some will mock, bitch and moan, but these arent the majority, and the pros of taking this route far exceed the cons.

I agree.

 

It may be the only way Apple will go. Their history suggests that they are loath to introducing another screen resolution after bring out the new 1136 x 640 less than a year ago. It has already been well established that they can introduce a larger screen (4.72", if memory serves?) at 1136 x 640 using the same LCD panel for the iPad (264 ppi, which is not bad at all). That's also the Apple way.

 

Furthermore, I believe the whole one-hand/two-hand, small-hand/large-hand argument about screen size is a red herring. What is possibly a more relevant issue is, as mentioned above, element size. There are situations where certain UI elements are a bit small on the current screen (even for small hands) - text fields and keyboards come to mind. A larger screen would improve the user experience in those cases. It wouldn't surprise me if that's how Apple would pitch it too, as they are not likely to bring out a larger phone just for the sake of joining the bandwagon.

 

Now I need a shower, having agreed with Slurpy :)

 

Edit: 4.93", not 4.72"

Edit: There is still the question when/if Apple will bring out a 1080p phone. Some will snark that it is not needed. But needs are subjective.


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Since the great majority of mobile app money's to be made in iOS apps, and will be even more so once Apple has a LINE of "current" model phones covering all the demand segments, I say developers can put on their Big Boy Pants and deal with another res to write for.  Sheesh.

Apple makes it easy for developers if they are just increasing the resolution but keeping the same aspect ratio. It could compile the app just fine, save for any bitmapped items like images and icons.

But think of about it from Apple's perspective. It doesn't matter if they can point the finger at developers being lazy if the user experience falls short because of a resolution change it all falls on Apple and it could hurt them in the short and long run. I still have plenty of apps that are designed for the 3.5" display but it's no that big a deal since it's still goes from side edge to edge.

I think it would be worse if there was a 114 pixel at the top and bottom, and a 64 pixel border on the left and right sides. Perhaps a mock up would convince me to see it differently but I'd use Phone apps on the iPad in both 1x and 2x and none of them looked good. Of course, that's a considerably more extreme example but it makes me question if it's enough to ruin the user experience.

Perhaps a smaller side to side border would work by using a 326 PPI display that is less than 4.8", like 4.5". I think it's a safe bet that Apple has made many working models so they can test the usability of various sizes and shapes specifically in regards to the user experience.

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I for one hope we get a new 3.5" iPhone.

Me too. I like the iPhone 5, but could easily do with a less taller one, which will fit into many jerseys easier, especially with the earphone plugged in. Though I really love that it plugs in at the bottom now.
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I think it's a safe bet that Apple has made many working models so they can test the usability of various sizes and shapes specifically in regards to the user experience.

For the iPad they created some 20 models.

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The design studio where Jony Ive reigns, on the ground floor of Two Infinite Loop on the Apple campus, is shielded by tinted windows and a heavy clad, locked door. Just inside is a glass-booth reception desk where two assistants guard access. Even high-level Apple employees are not allowed in without special permission. Most of my interviews with Jony Ive for this book were held elsewhere, but one day in 2010 he arranged for me to spend an afternoon touring the studio and talking about how he and Jobs collaborate there.

To the left of the entrance is a bullpen of desks with young designers; to the right is the cavernous main room with six long steel tables for displaying and playing with works in progress. Beyond the main room is a computer-aided design studio, filled with workstations, that leads to a room with molding machines to turn what’s on the screens into foam models. Beyond that is a robot-controlled spray-painting chamber to make the models look real. The look is sparse and industrial, with metallic gray décor. Leaves from the trees outside cast moving patterns of light and shadows on the tinted windows. Techno and jazz play in the background.
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If a new large display iPhone were to be released I doubt they would keep 5S in the name since this would be such a radical departure from the 5.

I think they'll name it something like S, M, L, should they create 3 sizes. And it won't be printed on the back, as anyone can see which model it is, from its size. On the release schedule I think they'll announce and sell it it all at once. They do that with the iPod line, if I'm not mistaken.
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I like the iPhone 5, but could easily do with a less taller one

 

Making an iPhone with the 4" screen but with the whole phone shrunk to nearly the screen size would be perfect. I could live with a slim home button or other whiz-bang new fangled home button alternative to get there.

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Typically an S generation iPhone does not change the physical shape of the phone. If Apple follows that pattern and releases an iPhone 5S there won't be any form factor changes until iPhone 6.


Apple is an atypical and unpredictable company. They will make changes based on the market changes.

 

For a company to survive, they need to adapt to the market, not their dogma.

 

And Apple's not dogmatic. Like killing off popular products, like iPod versions and the iBooks.

 

And who says they will follow the "S" for every other year?

 

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I do believe a 4" iPhone 5S and 5" iPhone 5S+ is coming. Apple doesn't need to do it but it does make sense. The latter will start at $300 w/ contract for 8GB.

The "new" $350 iPhone will be the 4.
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Originally Posted by jungmark View Post
The "new" $350 iPhone will be the 4.

 

Why would the iPhone 4 be kept around another year? It would be forced to get iOS 8, which couldn't possibly have any features worth updating to on the 4.

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Why would the iPhone 4 be kept around another year? It would be forced to get iOS 8, which couldn't possibly have any features worth updating to on the 4.

For the all "important" low cost/prepaid market. I get what you are saying, maybe Apple will jigger it up and call it the 5S-
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The extra "small screen" for the TV makes a lot of sense as a controller, but the rest of this seems like pure BS to me.  

 

It's almost as if the guy has taken his own personal fantasy and fitted the rumours to match instead of the other way around. 

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Originally Posted by jungmark View Post
For the all "important" low cost/prepaid market.

 

Why not the 4S, is what I'm really asking.

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For many people, poorer, younger and developing markets, the large screen smartphone is their sole computing device in the developing world, it may be a families sole computing devise. Screen size matters as much as price in these segments.
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I'm not sure there is any reason to make a cheaper phone as I haven't heard the use case yet, but it might happen.  

 

On the other hand, if the iPad mini had a phone element (and even if it never does), it would still be a cheaper, better "home computer" in the sense you are describing here, than a large phone.  

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Originally Posted by jungmark View Post
For the all "important" low cost/prepaid market.

 

Why not the 4S, is what I'm really asking.

Just because the phones are getting older from a design perspective, doesn't mean they are continually getting cheaper. At some point they may even become more expensive as the components become completely outdated. Just look at the cost of DDR2 for an example. Hardly anyone uses it now so the price has actually gone up from its historic lows.

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