Apple To Ruin iPhone By Making A Larger Screen [Rumor]

Posted by Matthew Snider with 8 Comments

As of right now they are rumors, only rumors, but they are making me mad.

Apple may make my beloved iPhone larger!

I know isn’t that terrible. I think it is.

I cringe when I see the commercials for that disgustingly big tablet phone thingie from Samsung. Where do I put that when I am done with it? You can’t put that in your pocket. You would have to buy a man purse for it! And I am not a man purse type of guy!

The above beauty is what makes me smile when I use it. The size is perfect. As Steve has said many times, it’s all about the average person being able to use it with just one hand. That is the sweet spot.

The overly large phablet from Samsung needs three hands if you ask me (no I am not a hater of Samsung!).

While I am sure we will see some sort of redesign, I do hope that “if” Apple goes bigger they do it well and not just make it a mini iPad.

Weigh in below in the comments, what do you think? Will it be ruined if it gets bigger? Will you upgrade?

Matthew Snider

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Matthew is the Editor-In-Chief, and founder of Geek for i. He has produced such posts as Top 5 iPhone Apps For The BathroomMac or PC and many more. His love for iDevices started back when he purchased the original iPhone.

8 responses to Apple To Ruin iPhone By Making A Larger Screen [Rumor]

  1. Honestly, I think you’re overreacting to this rumor. Here’s why:

    One, if Apple wanted a mini-iPad on its product portfolio, it would have done so at the recent iPad reveal. They didn’t.

    Two, even if Apple were to increase the screen size, it wouldn’t be so large that it would remove portability of the phone. You can still keep it in your pocket. That’s what the “Phone” part of iPhone is about: not just calling, but mobile calling, texting, etc.

    Three, Apple wouldn’t be stupid enough to copy another company (Samsung, in this case). If they DO increase the size of the phone’s screen, it won’t be so drastic that it won’t fit in a pocket.

    Just my $.02

  2. I’ve shared my opinion about a 7″ screen iPad nano before, but I’m with you when it comes to the iPhone.

    I see the commercials for the Samsung Galaxy Note and cringe. The screen size is amazing, but not portable as a phone. I noticed that none of the models/actors in the commercials ever have the “phone” up to their ear.

    There are a number of articles on why the iPhone screen size is strategic to allow maximum one-handed access. I’m all for an iPad nano, but no thanks to the mega-iPhone.

  3. No way. Apple is all about keeping the Retina display as the highest resolution screen on a phone. If they scale up the size of the screen, they’ll lose pixels and will (again) ask developers to change their apps for the screen. iPhone screen is perfect for one hand use and I have never wanted a bigger screen*.

    *granted, I never had a mobile with a bigger screen and I’ve had the original iPhone, iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4.

  4. I want it all baby! LOL I would like to see a slightly larger screen on my iPhone, not a HUGE one like Samsung has done just slightly larger. I agree though, I don’t want that if it takes away the one handed use and extreme portability of the iPhone.

    I am getting tired of the inserted spaces when typing though because my fingers are touching the space bar instead of the lower keys on the keyboard, I seem to have this problem a LOT when typing the letter c for some reason.

    Also, a larger screen just sounds nice. I’m happy to take what they give me though as I’m sure they will test the crap outta any redesign and they will know if it is better for the consumer or not. Honestly, I trust them in this area.

  5. I’m surprised Apple is waiting so long to release an iPhone with a larger screen. From a purely marketing perspective it’s hard for Apple to brag about their new phone’s 3.5” screen when pretty much every other high-end Android and Windows Phone has 4.3” and larger screens.

    As for everyone worrying about a larger iPhone fitting into their pockets, I have to point out that any phone in the 4” to 5” screen-size range will easily fit into any pocket and is fine for one-handed use in portrait mode.

    • As long as that one handed usage is there I’m ALL OVER a larger sized screen. Would love it especially with the “creative” apps on the iPhone like pages and iphoto and such.

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