Originally Posted by mr O
People are fooling themselves if they think they can be more productive on a 4.7" instead of a 4" screen. My iPad Air is already on the edge of usability. It is because the iPad interface hasn't fully matured yet.
Apple is sending out the wrong signal to developers by making the screen size bigger. Some well developed iPhone apps - like Clear, Rise and Mailbox - do not need a bigger screen.
I really hope Apple updates the 3.5" iPhone. For the colorful. I'd be more than happy with my (unlocked) sub 500$ iPhone.
I think you're wrong. I would love a larger phone, and around 4.7" is the largest I would want. No, I don't want a phablet. Lots more people are wanting, and buying, larger phones than 4". It's an inevitable trend. Apple has no choice. When around 50% of the market is choosing phones larger than 4", it's time to give up the notion that 4" is ideal. So, while we can point to the fact that the iPhone is the most popular phone in the world, which it is, as no other phone, including the "S" series, sells in anywhere the numbers, though the overwhelming number of different Android models in all price categories outsells the iPhone around the world handily, as far as the high end models go, Apple now doesn have a competitive model in that 50% range! and so they need one.
It's very possible that Apple can increase their sales by another 10-20% with larger phones. I know more than a few people who want a larger iPhone, and that includes more than a few Android users, who mostly have Android because of the larger phones.
As for your contention that "some well developed apps..." Don't need a larger screen (or, by implication, higher resolution, I would like to point out that MOST apps would benefit from it, and that likely includes the ones you mentioned. Just because you can't imagine what a larger screen would add to these apps, doesn't mean that it wouldn't. I thought my Palm Treo 700p was the best smartphone around, and I found it hard to believe something else could be much better, other than a newer model of the same thing, but I was obviously wrong.