Apple really missed the mark by only offering one screen size in the iPhone, eh?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by entatlrg, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    This is just a conversational post ... Looking back it's curious why Apple only offered the iPhone in one (small) screen size. I personally have no problem with the screen but clearly consumers want to choose the size themselves, not have an OEM manufacturer do it for them.

    Apple innovated and blew open the smartphone market in so many ways, it's both odd and interesting how/why they sort of missed the mark with choice of screen size. I know Apple's not known for offering a great deal of choice but the way the smart phone market is maturing it's becoming almost as strange as if Apple only offered one screen size in the their notebook line.

    I understand it's not easy for developers to make app's for various screen sizes regardless it seems Apple slewfooted themselves and missed the mark on a simple yet important point - choice in screen size.
  2. 0dev, Jan 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013

    macrumors 68040


    Dec 22, 2009
    Apple don't care about choice, they're Apple. And since they're still selling millions upon millions of units every single month I wouldn't say they missed the mark.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    What are you talking about? There are 2 size screens for the iphone.
  4. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    He means 4-inch and another screen size larger than that :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    IMO even the screen of Galaxy Note is too small. For real productivity or comfort website/magazine viewing at least an iPad mini (~8") is needed. For older eyes like me the big iPad is perfect.

    A phone is good for what a phone does. Calls, texts, occasional facebook checking, simple games, etc.
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2003
    I can only agree. Even though having different screen sizes is not part of the innovation - it is part of the differentiation. I'm also one of those geeks that would not mind larger screen and I was happy iphone 4 was a bit bigger. And - on that note - why should I not be able to all regular calls on my ipad mini?
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Well you could if you downloaded apps like Line, Kakao Talk, and Skype etc.
  8. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    So you've noticed that Apple tried to make things easier for developers. Funny, I guess, how everyone always says the best thing about the iPhone is its app store's deeper, higher-quality selection of apps. I guess that's just a coincidence! I don't suppose there's any way that happened because of choices Apple there?
  9. macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2006
    Agreed. They missed the mark. I won't be buying another iPhone until the increase the screen size.
  10. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Units of iPhone sold and subsequent billions in the bank suggests to me that they are in fact right on the mark.
  11. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I would assume it's a very, very thought through decision to offer the screen sizes they do. The only thing I'm a bit surprised over is that they didn't introduce the 4" screen earlier. They probably could have done it with the 4...
  12. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Yeah, they're not selling at all... :rolleyes:

    I mean, I agree, choice is generally better but they certainly haven't "missed the mark" unless your mark is off somewhere else and that's what you're referring to. If screen size is such an important "mark" as alleged in the OP then sales would be significantly impacted.
  13. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    It's a cliche now to say Apple is the most valuable company in the world, so what have they missed?

    U been around at least since 2009, so no need to remind u Apple doesn't have focus groups. They think they know what the consumer (their kind of consumer) want more than what the consumer say they want.

    But enuff of that, now that we have iPad mini, which at some point Jobs said they would never make, it's not entirely impossible a big phone may yet appear.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2012
    Jobs said he would never make a 7" tablet. The iPad Mini is 7.9 inches.
  15. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010

    Jobs meant they wouldn't make a smaller 7'' iPad.

    The Mini is basically a smaller iPad in the 7'' market.
  16. Ta0jin, Jan 3, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Consumers may want to choose their screen size but Apple has never been about giving the consumers what the consumers want, Apple gives the consumers what Apple wants! It's been working for them since day one and if people don't like that there's always a ton of screen options on Android.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010

    Considering how many billions of iPhones Apple has sold, it's pretty silly to say the "missed the mark". In fact, it seems they hit the mark perfectly.
  18. macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Every Samsung SIII and Samsung Galazy Note II sold represents a LOST SALE for Apple!

    Sometimes, size does matter! ;)
  19. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    Why? Some people swear that they will never buy Apple products, out of no reason. If they don't buy a Samsung it doesn't mean that the sale will go to Apple.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    It's funny that now the iPhone screen it's considered small and yet it was considered too big when it was introduced.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Oct 26, 2008
    My computer broke and I did nearly everything on my iPhone for a year. YMMV.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    I do most on an iPad ;)
  23. macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2003
    not quite the same thing. i have and use skype a lot. but i want to use my regular operator for voice calls.

  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    I think the iphone is the perfect size anything bigger is like carring a TV in your pocket.
  25. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2012
    I think my 4S is the perfect size - anything bigger won't fit in my hand or pocket! So, yes, if the options are one giant phone or several in different sizes, I'd prefer the latter.

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