Perfect iPhone Lineup?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macduke, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I wrote about this as a story comment on the main blog but thought that I might get some better discussion here.

    How many of you refuse to get a 4" iPhone? I keep hearing from people who haven't upgraded yet saying that they'll never get the iPhone 6 because it's too big. My wife, many of her friends, and some geeky (and Apple loving) web guys I know at work. Even prominent Apple blogger John Gruber misses the 4" display. I'm likely going to downsize from the Plus to the 4.7" model myself.

    In my opinion this would be the perfect iPhone lineup:

    4" Retina HD 1704x960 - $199
    5" Retina HD 2134x1200 - $249
    6" Retina HD 2560x1440 - $299

    In 32/64/128GB capacities with 2GB of RAM. Same camera in all with the larger models clocked slightly faster with better graphics chips to run the higher resolution displays. All Retina HD native @3X with no scaling, all rendering a consistent 489 PPI so that they can be manufactured and cut from the same display panels. Then you never have to change display resolution again and can lock developers in until iPhones are no longer being sold. That kind of resolution is well beyond what someone with the best vision can perceive and in late 2015 that resolution could easily run on an iPhone. Since it's all running @3X many developers won't have to change their graphical assets from the iPhone 6 Plus and will just have to modify some layout issues.

    I would buy the hell out of the 5" model in this scenario. Having three clear and simple sizes makes decisions easier for the consumer and cover the widest possible audience within reason. Reducing the top and bottom bezels would also really help for the larger models.

    Unfortunately since Apple just changed display sizes something like this probably wouldn't happen until the iPhone 7. But if Apple isn't willing to go with something like I've outlined above, they should at least compromise and always keep around a 4" model with the previous generation's specs for those who need a smaller device but still want it to be fairly up-to-date.
  2. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    To be honest, from Apple's perspective, their goal is to make the set of phones that can make them the most money - not a mix of phones that match consumer interest best. They ought to be looking at:
    1. Phones that people would NOT buy
    2. Phones that would provide them with the greatest margin and easy obsolescence to drive future hardware sales.

    Create a product portfolio based on #2, eliminate anything in that list that shows up in #1 and then market the hell out of the surviving product lineup.
  3. geoff5093 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2014
    Dover, NH
    No need for 2.5K resolution on a smartphone, and this is coming from someone with a G3. I saw the Nexus 6, and I don't see how anyone could want a 6" phone, especially one with bezels as large as the iPhone.

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