Would It Be Possible For Apple To Make A 4.5 or 5.5 Inch iPhone?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Could they do that without causing app compatibility issues? In 2013, a 3.5" screen on a smart phone is comical. Even 4" is pushing the limits. Mark my words, in 5 years the standard screen size for smart phone will be over 5 inches.

    And don't bother replying about how much you like small screens or that you would never use a larger screen. Your opinion won't matter in the slightest. You are the same people who said they would never use a non-flip phone, would never use a phone without physical keys, or would never even use a cell phone in the first place.

    The market is CLEARLY moving towards big (5 inch plus) 1080p screens on smart phones. Apple will be left in the dust if they keep offering 2011 screens into the future.
     
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    Of course they could.

    They probably think they don't need too until its too late.
     
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    Anything is possible now that Ive is in charge of UI as well. Who knows what'll happen. Apple has never been afraid of disturbing their own market if they think what they're coming out with is superior.
     
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    Based on Google's own numbers, only 6.1% of active Android devices are considered "large screens" by Google's definition. This number is down from the last time I checked.

    http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

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    Google defines this as devices over 4 inches (looks like it goes from about 4.3 and above)

    http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html

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    When you consider this, plus the fact that the iPhone is the best selling phone on the market, you see there simply isn't a big demand for large screen phones.
     
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    JS82712

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    sure, apple can make a 5" phone, but what exactly is going to be improved? 2 extra rows of icons this time? The problem is iOS, not the hardware.
     
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    That's simply not true. Here in the U.S., all the flagship phones besides the iPhone are 4.3" at the minimum. And I'm quite sure they're selling. The S3 outsold the 4S before the 5 came out.
     
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    Back in the day, phones kept on getting smaller and smaller. To the point where enough was enough and they became bigger again. In the end, a phone you can hold and operate with one hand without having it feel too big or too small seem to be what people want (outside of the fads).

    I just don't believe that a phone like Galaxy Note will ever be considered standard, or even small, when talking handheld phones. 4" - 4,5" is probably the limit for most people.
     
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    Those figures are misleading to say the least, or (more likely) outright false. If you can't see the obvious trend toward larger and larger screens, you simply have your head stuck in the sand.

    All of the most popular 2012 android sets are WELL over 4 inches and most are closing in on 5 inches. Watch as new phones get released this year. I can basically guarantee that NONE will have screens under 4 inches, including the iphone.

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    Not only that, but these screens are all predicted to get bigger in 2013. The Galaxy s4 is predicted to have a 5 inch+ screen, as is the Nexus 5.
     
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    the problem with this is that most people I know with large screens, 4.7 + all use a mod to change the DPI so they can better use the screen real estate, which means these figures are incorrect because devices are showing with different screens than they really have.
     
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    ...and your citation is?

    There is no "obvious trend". Some people prefer larger screens, some do not. Post the numbers backing your assertion.
     
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    Actually that's not true. Samsung counts those that they ship out as sold, where Apple only counts phones that are actually sold. Big, big difference. Samsung ships out millions, half could be on the shelves, in the warehouse, etc and they count those as sold.
     
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    Tig Bitties

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    LOL no kidding :rolleyes: It's all new and magical, now with more icons on the screen. But it will still look like the app drawer was left open.

    iOS needs a MAJOR overhaul, the OS still looks like a phone from 2007. I would love to see what Apple come sup with to compete with Windows 8 and Jellybean 4.2.1, as far as Widgets and Live Tiles type of OS.
     
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    I would say yes due to the fact that the Galaxy S3 is a stolen product i.e. original iPhone 5 Prototype.

    The very thing Sammy was sued for by taking insider knowledge and creating a product out of something in the supply lines.

    I fully expect the iPhone 6 to be 4.8 inch or in a future iPhone.
     
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    OP, so you're declaring yourself an authority on screen size while simultaneously stating you don't know how resolution works. Really?
     
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    Oh there most certainly is, and it is glaringly obvious to anyone who doesn't have their head stuck in the sand.

    Do some basic research and look at all of the top new phones released in 2012. Save your silly charts showing millions of blackberry users in India or some other nonsense that is 100% irrelevant. Look at new 2012 releases and open your eyes.

    Galaxy S3 - 4.8"
    HTC One X - 4.7"
    Nexus 4 - 4.7"
    Galaxy Note 2 - 5.5"
    HTC One S - 4.3"
    Sony Experia T - 4.6"
    Lumina 920 - 4.5"
    LG Optimus 4X - 4.7"
    Droid DNA - 5"
    iPhone 5 - 4" (ballooned up from 3.5" the year prior)
    Razr maxx - 4.3"

    You are simply living in a fantasy world if you believe screens on smart phones are not getting bigger. Let's see how many major smart phones are built under 4 inches in 2013.

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    You don't need to be an expert to notice cell phone companies are making larger and larger screens (INCLUDING apple). Anyone who isn't completely oblivious to the real world can notice that.

    Really.
     
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    Why not just turn the iPad Mini into a iPhablet?

    If you have not looked at the Samsung Galaxy Note II, do so, this thing is huge and unless you can palm a basketball, way to big for most. I had the Samsung Galaxy SIII to test for 3 weeks and as big as my hands are I could not really use it without two hands and this one was only 4.8" screen.
     
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    They don't need to compete with windows 8. That OS sucks and is more or less DOA.
     
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    Tig Bitties

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    I think Windows Phone's will gain a little each year. Thought I read a report last year, that said Windows Phones will be really big by like 2015. It's a slow ramp up, getting better each year.

    Right now, the Nokia Lumia 920 is a nice phone, and for $99, hard to beat. Personally I prefer the Nexus line of phones myself, but the Windows 8 Phone is at least fresh and original.

    To me, I would only get the iPhone 5 once the Jailbreak is out for 6.1 soon. Too many basic features lacking on a stock iPhone, that really needs Jailbreaking to open it up.
     
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    I prefer the smaller screen size to be able to use it comfortable one handed. Having a second tablet for a larger screen is then practical.
     
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    Tig Bitties

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    The Galaxy S3 @ 4.8" screen size, is surprisingly small phone package, they squeezed in a lot in that form factor, and not hard to handle one handed.

    Apple could make the iPhone 6 @ 4.3", and would be barely any bigger than the current iPhone 5. And still easily one handed. I always liked the 4.3" screen size, not too small, nor too large.

    I find my Galaxy Nexus @ 4.7" just a tad on the large size, but the iPhone 5 @ 4" just too small of a screen for me. I think right in the middle would be perfect.
     
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    forget 4.5 or 5.5 inch smartphones, just like the 7 inch tablets they are not big enough....


    it's the 6-inch iPhone 6, the best iPhone we ever made.

    bigger iPad mini displays than the your average 7-inch tablets and bigger iPhone displays than your typical phablet , get it? ;)
     

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