Originally Posted by Curtis Hannah
I agree, this 5.5 inch replacement seems extreme.
We will likely see Samsung go for even more sizes, the reality is they could release a "watch" that is 8 inch, takes 2 straps to hook to arm, but it's still childish.
Times don't change 33% in a year however, would apple go larger, likely, it would make since 4.2-4.7 inches, not the 5+, if they do it we will see likely see always a model with a 4ish screen size, the idea of a 6 large, 6 small, 6C, and 5C is insane to.
What you're saying is erroneous. You are making assumptions that are of your own imagination. But Apple themselves has had a document revealed in the new trial between themselves and Samsung that says that they don't have product that people want, referring to both larger phones, and less expensive models.
I can easily see a 4.7" phone. In fact, this year, we're up for our two year contract, and we'll be getting new phones. I know that we all would prefer that 4.7" phone.
As far as a 5.5", or larger, models go, I don't need that. My wife wouldn't want something that big, though I havents as yet asked my daughter, who recently received a degree in commercial photography, and carries her iPhone, iPad and 15" Macbook Pro Retina everywhere she goes, along with a camera, or two.
I'm still reading about the one hand thing, and I do understand Apple's insistance upon easy one hand use. But, like so many other things over the years that Apple has insisted on, thet could change too. If they can, finally, come out with a phone with a small side bezel, that would amerialorate the size increase to a minor one for the 4.7" model, rendering people's objections null and void. Even a 5.5" model would be smaller than otherwise.
I just think that it's always foolish to insist that Apple will never do this or that, or will do this or that. They have a tendency to do this or that, and a tendency to not do this or that, but it's not written in stone.
To use a number like 33%, and say that Apple won't change the size by that amount in one year is strange?you have no basis for saying that other than your own feelings about it. What do you expect Apple to do, move the phone up in .25" increments every two years? Now, THAT would be odd, and self defeating. If they're going to do it, they need to make a major move, and do it quickly. That's the only way they can avoid the large amount of fragmentation that would result by making baby steps. It would also allow them to make a major resolution change, and then stick with it. Otherwise, they can't do that either.
With high end phone sales significantly slowing down for everyone, there is little growth to be seen there any more. About 30% of the sales are now of phones larger than 4". This would give Apple product in that area where they don't compete. Remember the document that recently came out in the new trial between themselves and Samsung, where Apple said that they don't have product people want in large phones and less expensive models. This would address one area.
It's possible that 4" models could be relegated to less expensive lines. The 5C could be the top model in a new, less expensive, series, possibly for 2015.
There are really no benefits to doing what you say, and lots of benefits to doing what we're reading about, it what I'm saying.