Should Have Offered Two Screen Sizes

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Alchematron, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. Alchematron macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    Would have made more people happy and prevented people leaving.

    Most of the debate has been about 50/50 for and against a bigger screen.

    Heck, I bailed last year for the EVO because of the bigger screen, but came back due to android being laggy.

    I love the smoothness of IOS, but feel locked in a box since Apple only offers one screen size! Kinda like a Ford Model T one size fits all.

    Forget the white option, it just gets covered with a case anyhow, just offer a bigger screen!

    What happened to "Think Different"?
  2. drb1992 macrumors 6502


    Oct 4, 2011
    A bigger screen would have been nice, but it isn't a complete deal breaker for me.
  3. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    Same here.
  4. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Adding a second screen size is not that simple. It requires development, different internal structure, different component sourcing, and different production line tooling and training.

    All in all, an expensive prospect.

    Apple no doubt decided that the extra cost of doing all this was not worth the potential extra sales of adding a second device.

    I imagine screen size is a major consideration for the next time they redesign the entire device (as opposed to just redesigning the internals). iPhone 5 will probably have it. I would never have expected iPhone 4S to have it - it was always going to be the same device, new internals.
  5. Alchematron thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    The whole industry trend is toward a bigger screen.

    Think of all the lost sales due to most android phones offering a bigger screen.

    A 4.3" screen would have been a great option.

    Its not like Apple does not have the money to pull it off.

    I get the feeling a marketing survey would have indicated people want a bigger screen, but Steve simply said no.

    Today is a sad day for all those who waited years and months for a bigger screen!
  6. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Almost 5 years and one screen size... strange.

    All the current phone needed was a bigger screen for many,
    instead of all the other fluff. These are no longer 'phones' first
    but data devices...
  7. Alchematron thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii

    After years and months of waiting, many were hoping for a Porsche like design, but when the curtain was pulled back, it was a Ford Escort :confused:
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I agree, it is not the end of the world.
  9. brodas macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2010
    This is exactly what I been asking for the last couple of months "options".
  10. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    I'm pretty sure by the amount of cash Apple has on hand, that they can judge markets pretty well. The Chinese have a lot more potential customers with smaller hands. :D
  11. Juan007 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
    You recognize that screen size is a tradeoff. What you gain in bigger size you lose in portability and battery life. So, it's a personal preference.

    So why not support two screen sizes? The answer is fragmentation. Apple wants to make things as simple as possible for developers so that they can target all X0,000,000 iPhones in the world and reliably know how their app will look on all of them. As soon as you switch to a new screen size, you throw away consistency.

    Fragmentation is what is killing Android now. Apple was wise to stick with 3.5. It's the perfect size. I don't need a 747 phone.
  12. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Just a larger screen with the same resolution would be fine.
    No fragmentation involved, all apps run as is.

    3.5 is too small for many today,
    particularly viewing mobile websites that often prevent zooming.

    iOS also lacks a text reflow feature which is very useful on Android.

    3.5" screen was amazing for a 'phone' in early 2007,
    but as a data device today its lacking.
  13. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    You want a mobile phone to be an entertainment center?

    I have an iPad for that.
  14. Alchematron thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2007
    Maui Hawaii
    Anyone know why no text reflow in IOS?

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