Originally Posted by 3Eleven
"the first big-screen phone able to be operated with just one hand."
I've played with the Note series of phones in stores and had no issues using it with one hand. I guess if you're female or have small hands I could see an issue.
That's surprising considering that except when using it as a phone, the current iPhones can't be easily and comfortably operated with one hand. This is all counter-intuitive to me. I don't see how an even larger phone enables single handed operation and I don't understand how you used the Note with one hand. You've got to hold onto something (unless it's designed to be used with an arm band) and if you're holding on, you can't type efficiently with that same hand (unless once types with just one finger). That's even true for the current iPhones. If you just need to press a Back or Send button, you can do that with one hand, but if you have to type actual sentences or even URLs, you can't do that with one hand.
That's not to say that having a larger phone wouldn't be a viable alternative for some people. The problem is that once you get larger than 5", it's getting awfully close to an iPad Mini size, which would make the Mini moot, since the subsidized price of the iPhone would be perceived as far less than the Mini, for far more functionality.
If they do this I hope they retain the 5S screen / form factor. It fits in the shirt pocket, etc.
That can only happen if the button and speaker area becomes all screen. It can't violate the laws of physics. The button itself can be replaced by a software button, but there's microphones, headphone jack and power connector beneath it, so the phone would have to get a minimum of a 1/2" longer if they kept the same width, but they can't keep the same width and keep the same aspect ratio, so it would have to get wider. If you want a shirt pocket phone, get a shirt pocket phone. It's like complaining that the iPad won't fit in your shirt pocket.
What was the first thing Jobs did when he returned to Apple? He stripped the product line down and streamlined everything. Apple was too spread out. Please Tim, don't go back to that period of a watered down brand.
That was different. In those days, Apple had competing product lines (Centris, Performa, Mac, etc.) as well as indistinguishable models within each line and it was difficult to tell the differences between them and the advantages/disadvantages of each. The problem with that "supermarket strategy" (take up as much space as possible in dealer shelves) is that it caused customer confusion and when there's confusion, consumers defer purchasing. It also made it difficult for retailers who couldn't explain the differences. That doesn't matter when you're selling different flavored or regular/diet soda, but it matters a lot when you're selling computers, especially back in those days when this was still new to many consumers.
There's nothing wrong with having clearly distinguishable models (by screen size) at different price points. I can see the 5c, 5s (or 6) and a larger phone co-existing without problems. Of course if this rumor is true, the iPhone 6 might be the larger screen phone.