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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:23 AM   #26
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I really hope Apple doesn't follow the idiotic Android trend that only the biggest phone gets the best specs. I definitely want a bigger iPhone - around 4.7 - 5 inches would be perfect, but if it has downgraded specs from the so-called "phablet" iPhone, that's a deal killer for me. I seriously doubt Apple would be that stupid.

I also really question whether they will drop the 4 inch form factor. It is, after all, the best selling smart phone on the planet by far. This shows that while a lot of people prefer larger screens, not everyone does.

My hope is that they would put out two or three new iPhones, each with equivalent specs, with screens ranging from the current 4 inches, to 5 inches, and even bigger if they think there's demand for it.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:23 AM   #27
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If the "phablet" model is going to be the flagship model, aka the fast one with the best camera, etc—then I can see a lot of people being upset.

There isn't much reason that Apple couldn't release both with a similar spec. The iPad Air and Mini Retina have similar specs. If the larger iPhone was only slightly faster, then that would be fine. But to force power users into a larger size just because they want the best iPhone? I don't think that will sit well with many people. Personally I don't mind, as I'm considering the larger version.

But if they end up pulling something like putting the 5S specs in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6X or whatever the larger one is called uses a quad-core A8 and new fancy camera system—that's really going to tick people off who don't want a massive phone.

Another factor to consider is many people (mostly women I've talked to) don't want a bigger iPhone. So leaving out a 4" model completely isn't a good idea unless they can somehow significantly reduce the bezel. Some of these women (my wife included) are still upset that they don't offer 3.5". Last time I checked, the gender breakdown between smartphones was that women trended more toward iOS and men toward Android.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:23 AM   #28
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Hopefully, they keep one version at the current size of the 5/5s. if people want a mega-iphone like the galaxy, get one of those.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:24 AM   #29
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Anyone attempting to argue that a screen larger than 4" is too big has clearly never used anything other than an iPhone.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:25 AM   #30
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Cost?

will all the phones be priced the same, with the difference only being memory?

Seems like it should, but look at the cost of the iPad vs iPad mini.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:25 AM   #31
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Wow 5" really? That's huge.
I wish my girlfriend thought the same thing
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:25 AM   #32
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lol @ 5c buhahaha @ Apple for thinking it would be so "amazing", bigger LOL at those who bought it... now give me a 4.7" or bigger iPhone please..

Waiting for those to complain and ask me to make a better product than Apple...

Waiting for those to complain that anything over 4" is too big...

Waiting for those to complain about my post in general...
Are you also waiting to graduate middle school?
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:25 AM   #33
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this is simply inevitable.

differentiation - period.

there is room for a small/slim 4", a + 4" and a + 5" iphone. this is what we have on laptops, soon ipads. why not iphones!? anything else would be stupid.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:26 AM   #34
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"people familiar with the situation said"

Wow that's really reliable.

Apple won't get rid of the 5C it will become their budget model.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:26 AM   #35
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Anyone attempting to argue that a screen larger than 4" is too big has clearly never used anything other than an iPhone.
Nope, they just have a different opinion then you.

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Hopefully, they keep one version at the current size of the 5/5s. if people want a mega-iphone like the galaxy, get one of those.
They will probably keep selling the 5S. If you want the next gen iPhone, you will have to get a larger screen.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:27 AM   #36
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Apple by all means differentiate your phones by screen size but please GOD don't differentiate their performance by it: I don't WANT a +5" screen; I do want a flagship phone with all the same bells and whistles.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:28 AM   #37
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Anyone attempting to argue that a screen larger than 4" is too big has clearly never used anything other than an iPhone.
Wrong.

While I wouldn't say "anything larger than 4" is too big", I will say I've used everything from the 3.5" iPhone to the 5" GS4 and my preference lies somewhere around the 4" iPhone and 4.5" Moto G (both devices have similar dimensions - the Moto G happens to fit a larger display in relatively the same footprint).

I wouldn't be upset if they made the larger device the flagship, but I also wouldn't be thrilled. I have a 5S and a 5C and one of them will stay with me regardless of what happens. That way I still have the 4" form factor.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:29 AM   #38
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Yay, more totally baseless rumors!

This would be a nightmare for developers.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:29 AM   #39
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If the "phablet" model is going to be the flagship model, aka the fast one with the best camera, etc—then I can see a lot of people being upset.

There isn't much reason that Apple couldn't release both with a similar spec. The iPad Air and Mini Retina have similar specs. If the larger iPhone was only slightly faster, then that would be fine. But to force power users into a larger size just because they want the best iPhone? I don't think that will sit well with many people. Personally I don't mind, as I'm considering the larger version.

But if they end up pulling something like putting the 5S specs in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6X or whatever the larger one is called uses a quad-core A8 and new fancy camera system—that's really going to tick people off who don't want a massive phone.

Another factor to consider is many people (mostly women I've talked to) don't want a bigger iPhone. So leaving out a 4" model completely isn't a good idea unless they can somehow significantly reduce the bezel. Some of these women (my wife included) are still upset that they don't offer 3.5". Last time I checked, the gender breakdown between smartphones was that women trended more toward iOS and men toward Android.
Agreed. I am hoping that they will keep 3 sizes with similar specs.

This iPhone 5c with iPhone 5 specs was silly in my book, and I couldn't understand why anyone would want last years tech in a cheaper shell.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:29 AM   #40
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:29 AM   #41
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I really like the 5c, it is quite well made. I hope they don't end the line.

A larger screen is not needed. I didn't want the iPhone 5 screen size either. The current screen size is already awkward and easy to drop if carrying lots of things. (and no, I don't have small hands, and yes, I do have pockets but I also need to carry my phone in hand often)

A cellphone should be easily pocketable.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:29 AM   #42
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They may relaunch/recall iPhone 4 with 4'' screen - similar to current 5S.
and iPhone5 with 5'' screen.


Or
iPhone 6 with 4.5'' screen
iPhone 6c with 4'' screen
iPhone 6s with 5'' screen
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:30 AM   #43
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Wow 5" really? That's huge.
Depends on your handsize. Obviously jumping right from 3.5 inches to 5 would be a shock, but maybe now Apple has gotten people used to 4 inches it'll go down better with the people who are on the fence about bigger iPhones.

There still seems to be a stereotype that any phone even slightly bigger than an iPhone is a Tablet.

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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:30 AM   #44
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Your current options for a phone are a tiny little screen with iOS, or a nice sized screen with Android. I know it may blow a lot of your minds, but there people out there, like myself, that would love to have BOTH iOS and a large screen.

I know it's hard to comprehend people, but it's the truth. All of these posts saying "if you want a larger screen go to Samsung" just don't understand that one simple concept. I thought Apple users were smart?
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:30 AM   #45
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I hope whatever size screen they use that it's glass--and looks and feels like glass. I'm not a fan of the plastic feeling on the iPad Air.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:30 AM   #46
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The main reason why I doubt this rumor is Apple's unwillingness to allow people to customize their phones. I doubt we would ever get multiple iPhone models (the 5C is just a cheap version of the 5, not a new model) considering how we don't have themes in iOS, or any other relevant customization option.
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:32 AM   #47
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the price of that "flagship" will be interesting ...
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:32 AM   #48
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I think the iPhone 5C should still be offered and eventually bring it down to the entry level phone. But maybe the reasoning is that they'll have a iPhone 5SC as their entry level model and just completely get rid of 32 bit models so they can completely make the change over to 64 bit, leaving Android in the dust.

Apple, as far as I can tell, with make their transition from 32 bit to 64 bit completely (from a current offering) either by the end of this year or the end of next year before the Android market releases their first 64 bit offering.

At the rate that Android releases/discontinues products, it will be 10 years before the Android market is at 64 bit.

I don't know why these analysts think that Apple should go after the $300 and less smartphone market. Those models are typically cheap, old, outdated OS versions and there is little to no profit in those devices.

Apple has already proven that market share is not always profitable. In fact, it's detrimental to the profitability of the company to go after the low end market.

In order for a company to make good profits, they can't go after the low margin product range. Do you honestly think that Apple should release an iPhone 3GS w/ 8GB and sell it for $100 unlocked? That would be a mistake since it can't run iOS7, iOS 8 (to be released in 2014).
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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:32 AM   #49
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Apple has done this in the past…
The Mac128 had an 8" B&W screen while PC users could get 13" color for 3 years until Apple caved in and offered the Mac II (overkill and expensive at $5,500 without a monitor)!!
Had Apple listened to the market then and offered a CRT-less Mac512 or MacPlus with a VGA port, they would have dominated the computer market the same way the did with iPhone and iPad.
It could have been a world full of Macs. Instead, PC's running Windows took off.
Hopefully the new large iPhones will recapture some of the lost marketshare.

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Old Jan 23, 2014, 11:32 AM   #50
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Another day, another iPhone screen size story.

I like today's story better than yesterday's. Greater than 5" screen for me please!!
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