Smaller iPhone

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So, the rumours, which I think we can pretty much take as true now, all still indicate that both the new iPhones will be big ones.

What does this mean for those of use who prefer smaller screens? I'm sure they'll keep making the 5S (and possibly the 5C) for at least another year, but what then? Do people expect they'll make a new model in a smaller screen size later?
 

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The trend is definitely for larger phones. Like you say, I think Apple will keep a smaller screen phone for a while. How long will depend mostly of how well it sells.

You have to understand that there are few if any phones with a screen size of the iPhone 5.
 

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I'd be surprised if they didn't keep at least one 3.5" or 4" model. They sell very well after all, and not all of us wants a giant phone.
 

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The industry is moving to larger phones not smaller ones. I'd say apple is going roll out a 5" or larger, not a smaller one.
 

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The trend is definitely for larger phones. Like you say, I think Apple will keep a smaller screen phone for a while. How long will depend mostly of how well it sells.

You have to understand that there are few if any phones with a screen size of the iPhone 5.
Are you sure about that? I think I read that /growth/ in larger sizes was higher, but I put that down to people who want smaller screens already having one.

The only time you'd be able to accurately compare sales would be if a new iPhone was available in the various size options (so not a new iPhone in big size and last years in small size).

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I'd be surprised if they didn't keep at least one 3.5" or 4" model. They sell very well after all, and not all of us wants a giant phone.
I'd rather they went back to the original size for the smaller model. I haven't heard many people saying that they wanted bigger than the original but don't want bigger still, so I dunno how many people really like the current size?
 

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Are you sure about that? I think I read that /growth/ in larger sizes was higher, but I put that down to people who want smaller screens already having one.

The only time you'd be able to accurately compare sales would be if a new iPhone was available in the various size options (so not a new iPhone in big size and last years in small size).

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I'd rather they went back to the original size for the smaller model. I haven't heard many people saying that they wanted bigger than the original but don't want bigger still, so I dunno how many people really like the current size?
I am not sure about anything having to do with this as no one really knows except Apple.

What I DO know is Apple is in this to make MONEY!

If it sells they will build it. So it is really up to the consumer. In the end everyone may not be happy, it is the way it works.

I would still bet that there will be a iPhone 5 screen available, if it has any new features like the 6, I am betting not.
 

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I am not sure about anything having to do with this as no one really knows except Apple.

What I DO know is Apple is in this to make MONEY!

If it sells they will build it. So it is really up to the consumer. In the end everyone may not be happy, it is the way it works.

I would still bet that there will be a iPhone 5 screen available, if it has any new features like the 6, I am betting not.
For the coming year, I agree, but they're clearly not going to keep selling the 5S indefinitely. What happens next near is what I'm wondering (and inviting speculation) about.
 

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Like I said, if there is enough interest and sales of a smaller screened iPhone, Apple is not stupid.:rolleyes:
Do you think there will be? Out of people you know, do many prefer the smaller sizes? Seems to varey wildly, some people saying everyone they know prefers bigger screens, some say everyone they know prefers smaller screens. I know both, but I seem to be in a minority. Maybe people naturally congregate and form friendships with people with similar phone size tastes, like they do with people with similar political persuasions...
 

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So, the rumours, which I think we can pretty much take as true now, all still indicate that both the new iPhones will be big ones.

What does this mean for those of use who prefer smaller screens? I'm sure they'll keep making the 5S (and possibly the 5C) for at least another year, but what then? Do people expect they'll make a new model in a smaller screen size later?
I think the narrow 4" may stick around for a long time. It's easy, as it maintains the same 16:9 aspect ratio of the rumored super-sized iPhone's. But it won't be a premium phone, it'll be tier 2 or 3. My guess is the 5S's internals with TouchID will get repackaged in the cheaper 5C toy shell.

Cheaper for Apple, and cleaner product lineup all with the same aspect ratio. Good for videos, gaming, scrolling lists, etc.

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Do you think there will be? Out of people you know, do many prefer the smaller sizes? Seems to varey wildly, some people saying everyone they know prefers bigger screens, some say everyone they know prefers smaller screens. I know both, but I seem to be in a minority. Maybe people naturally congregate and form friendships with people with similar phone size tastes, like they do with people with similar political persuasions...
Ummmmm no, that's silly.
 

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If I had to guess, I'd say the 'C' line of phones will remain 4" for a while.
What I don't know is how they'll handle naming.

The 5C launched alongside the 5S, so the naming wasn't too difficult. However, once the 6 comes out, would they launch a 6C and a 6?
If so, what happens when the 6S comes along?
We could either get a 6CS and a 6S, but that seems unlikely.

What might make sense is to only refresh the 'C' line every 2 years, at the same time the 'S' phones come out.

So you could have a 6C come out with the 6S, and keep the 5C around when the 6 comes out.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see though.
 

solarguy17

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Here's a possibility that doesn't seem likely.

Apple debuts iPhone 6 (4.7) and iPhone 6L (5.5) same specs exactly.
Then the 5S get put in the 5C shell. And then a 6C debuts. iPhone 6 specs (mostly) but in a 5C shell. Then the future is basically that. The high end phone in the smaller 5C shell to make a iPhone mini. I doubt this greatly but it might happen...or not
 

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I'd be surprised if they didn't keep at least one 3.5" or 4" model. They sell very well after all, and not all of us wants a giant phone.
They sell very well because that's all Apple makes. The true test in how well they sell will be after they release (finally) the larger versions.
 

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I feel people are greatly over exaggerating the size difference. We are talking fractions of an inch in overall dimensions.

As far as what Apple expects people that prefer a big device with a small screen (screen size vs phone size) to do, probably just like Apple has always expected, deal with it.

People want Apple to make a 24" Mac again. How many years has it been now?

Apple, like all companies will produce products that sell and right now thats larger screened devices.
 

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If I had to guess, I'd say the 'C' line of phones will remain 4" for a while.
What I don't know is how they'll handle naming.

The 5C launched alongside the 5S, so the naming wasn't too difficult. However, once the 6 comes out, would they launch a 6C and a 6?
If so, what happens when the 6S comes along?
We could either get a 6CS and a 6S, but that seems unlikely.

What might make sense is to only refresh the 'C' line every 2 years, at the same time the 'S' phones come out.

So you could have a 6C come out with the 6S, and keep the 5C around when the 6 comes out.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see though.
This is pretty much what I see happening. I believe this year will be more simple than last year.

The iPhone 6 will be the flagship, then the 5s as it is right now $99, then the. 5c for free. If the 5.5" iPhone comes out I think it will start a different product line all together.
 

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They sell very well because that's all Apple makes. The true test in how well they sell will be after they release (finally) the larger versions.
Yep. And I think they're predicting people to grow to accept the 4.7" size to a degree even the customers themselves don't believe today, and so are already planning to eventually fade the 4" line out completely.

Besides, that 0.7" is actually not that huge of a difference when it comes to keeping the phone in a pocket or handling it with one hand. And certainly it is an unproportionally small change compared to how much that extra screen area improves the device in terms of how useful and enjoyable it is.

A small minority will of course keep whining forever about how 4" is the biggest they can use and 4.7" being ridiculously large, "tablet size", impossible to use with one hand and what have you. But they won't be numerous enough to affect Apple's sales, and so will ultimately be ignored.
 

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Yep. And I think they're predicting people to grow to accept the 4.7" size to a degree even the customers themselves don't believe today, and so are already planning to eventually fade the 4" line out completely.

Besides, that 0.7" is actually not that huge of a difference when it comes to keeping the phone in a pocket or handling it with one hand. And certainly it is an unproportionally small change compared to how much that extra screen area improves the device in terms of how useful and enjoyable it is.

A small minority will of course keep whining forever about how 4" is the biggest they can use and 4.7" being ridiculously large, "tablet size", impossible to use with one hand and what have you. But they won't be numerous enough to affect Apple's sales, and so will ultimately be ignored.
I agree. I had the HTC One with a 4.7" screen and had no problem at all putting it in a pocket. However, that .7" difference was huge for viewability.
 

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I'm praying Apple will keep the iPhone 5S design and give it an upgrade along side the iphone 6. I'm sick of big phones and Android.

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Yep. And I think they're predicting people to grow to accept the 4.7" size to a degree even the customers themselves don't believe today, and so are already planning to eventually fade the 4" line out completely.

Besides, that 0.7" is actually not that huge of a difference when it comes to keeping the phone in a pocket or handling it with one hand. And certainly it is an unproportionally small change compared to how much that extra screen area improves the device in terms of how useful and enjoyable it is.

A small minority will of course keep whining forever about how 4" is the biggest they can use and 4.7" being ridiculously large, "tablet size", impossible to use with one hand and what have you. But they won't be numerous enough to affect Apple's sales, and so will ultimately be ignored.
Wow talk about condescending.
 

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I'm praying Apple will keep the iPhone 5S design and give it an upgrade along side the iphone 6. I'm sick of big phones and Android.

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Wow talk about condescending.
Afraid they will not do too much to upgrade the 5 after the 6 is introduced. They will likely sell it for a while but it will not have some of the features you are likely to want.
 

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Yep. And I think they're predicting people to grow to accept the 4.7" size to a degree even the customers themselves don't believe today, and so are already planning to eventually fade the 4" line out completely.

Besides, that 0.7" is actually not that huge of a difference when it comes to keeping the phone in a pocket or handling it with one hand. And certainly it is an unproportionally small change compared to how much that extra screen area improves the device in terms of how useful and enjoyable it is.

A small minority will of course keep whining forever about how 4" is the biggest they can use and 4.7" being ridiculously large, "tablet size", impossible to use with one hand and what have you. But they won't be numerous enough to affect Apple's sales, and so will ultimately be ignored.
I have an iPhone 5 and a HTC One M8 for work.

From what I've seen online, the iPhone 6 mould is the same size as the HTC One M8.

I cannot use the HTC One M8 with one hand, but I can use my iPhone 5 with one hand.

So yes, condescending indeed.