The case for Apple to maintain a 4 inch iPhone

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  1. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    I'm quite interested if there is anyone else that prefers the 4 inch screen size to larger ones.

    I can't stand large phones, lack of one handed use kills it for me. I also like being able to put it in my pocket WITH other things.

    My current phone is an iPhone 5 which will be fine for a few years yet, but I'm scared that there will be no reasonable sized phone left at that stage.

    Does anyone else want a 4 inch iPhone to be updated with the latest processor? i think there is a reasonable demand, and I'm glad that the 5S has been kept, but would like Apple to go one step further.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Deguello macrumors 6502a

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    I think you're going to be very hard pressed to find a smart phone in the future with that small of a screen. Regardless of manufacturer or OS.
     
  3. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I know, but I appreciated that Apple did make one, and i wish they had continued to.
     
  4. jkim3691 macrumors 6502a

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    If they had made a 4" version of the iPhone 6 I would have purchased it. I too like the size of the 5/5s. I feel in complete control of my phone. I have big hands too so that's not the problem.
     
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    I think the trends in technology will allow room for a 4 inch screen to remain viable. I think there is still a large population who believe that portability and ease of use without sacrificing ample screen size is a key factor for a mobile device.
     
  8. Plx32 macrumors member

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    Wait for "iPhone 6 mini" in next year's lineup ! ;-)
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    If you really like a 4" screen, I'd suggest getting the 5s now as it is a year newer than what you have. I don't think you'll see a 4" screen from Apple again.
     
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    I would personally prefer them to have a smaller iPhone that goes back to the 3.5" size as that was the perfect size as far as I'm concerned. Sadly I don't see Apple offering one and since there are very few smaller android options in smaller screen sizes most people will be forced to downgrade to a larger device once they can't keep using their old phones.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of iPhone users that actually wanted a giant screen already switched to android, so I'd be curious to see if an android maker decided to release a mini version of their phone with decent specs and a small screen to attract the large portion of Apple's user base that they just abandoned.
     
  11. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

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    Agree

    I was waiting for next Apple phone. Very disappointed. My only options are the 5S or one of the smaller Sony phones.

    I think there are enough people with small hands that it makes sense to keep it. I don't have small hands, I just think the bigger phones are unwieldy.

    I guess I might save a $100 and wait for iPhone 6S Air.
     
  12. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    If there's a viable market for a 4-inch smartphone, someone will supply it, although it won't necessarily be Apple.

    If there isn't a viable market for a 4-inch smartphone, some desperate failing manufacturer will supply it in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat.
     
  13. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

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    That would be sad but hilarious. Apple abandons its users to chase Samsungs users and Samsung swoops in to fill the abandoned users need. Some Android maker will have a high end 4 inch phone out soon (I think Sony does).
     
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    Sony has a 4.3" version which I picked up when al the rumors about the larger screen in the new iPhones got to the point where I actually believed them, it's a good phone, 4.3" is about the maximum size that I would be willing to use.
     
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    I think they feel that the 5S is covering them this year and next as it gets cheaper.

    But come 2016 when the iPhone 6 is the oldest phone in the lineup I do wonder if they'll see a hole that needs filling. I would not be surprised to see the iPhone 7 come in 3 screen sizes with an all "new" "mini-sized" 4 inch screen.
     
  16. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    Updated processor? Because the 5S is too slow?
    :confused:
     
  17. oldmacs thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well more to the point, that they continue to provide a 4 inch phone with up to date specs. I don't want to replace my iPhone for another 2 years, and in two years the 5S is not going to cut it at all.
     
  18. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    I'm hoping for next years model, there is a 4" model. But it will depend on this years sales. If Apple sees that the 5S and 5C still have strong sales, I see them giving a 4, 4.7 and 5.5 options next year.
     
  19. PaythePiper macrumors member

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    Pigs will fly while using iPads before this happens
     
  20. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

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    I doubt the 5S would be dead by then. Other than a new processor, needed for the new screen shanenigans, and a new camera, iPhone 6 is not different than the 5S on almost every aspect. I would like to see a 4 incher updated some time too, but it's useless speculating on what Apple will do.
     
  21. kerr macrumors member

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    Awesome, I LOL'd.

    I think you're clearly wrong. For starters, there will always be Android phones in the small to medium range. If I check all of my local telco sites, I can probably find at least 10 Android phones < 4.5".

    Apple have the 5S for the next 24 months, the 5C for the next 12 months, and I'm fairly confident there will be a 4.0" 6C next year.

    It would be more correct to say that the likelihood of a 4.0" premium phone in the future is looking slim. I think that is unfortunate. I'm keen on the 4.7", but I believe there is a chance of Apple releasing a 4.0" iPhone within the next couple years that has a brand new processor.
     
  22. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    True, but many of those phones have lower specs.
     
  23. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    Same. The only ergonomic difference between the 5 and 6+ for me is pocketability. Otherwise, the iPhone 5 was already too big for comfortable single-handed operation.
     
  24. ggf macrumors member

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    Multiple sizes

    I think and hope you are right. Most of the push for larger and larger screens seems to be from people who want a single device to do everything and in particular for people who do lots of Facebook email or web browsing on their phone. That is OK and I am glad that Apple is making a phone for them.

    However, that is not me - if I want to do those things I use my iPad mini. It is far better for these tasks than any iphone.

    What I want use the iphone for is calls and apps set up for the phone (weather alarms reminders etc) For these I want a phone that can fit in the pocket of any particular clothing that I am wearing ( my gym clothes, a suit, jeans, a shirt breast pocket etc. It needs to go with me everywhere. A bigger phone will not fit in some of these places. 4 inch is the max that will and I would probably prefer the old iphone 4 size (3,5 inches). With Siri I don't need to have a big screen to do the things I need to do.

    If I have to carry something to put the phone in I will take a Jacket or a backpack and in that case I will take the mini with me.

    I don't think I am alone and I think there are enough people like me that once the pent up demand for the larger screens works its way through we will probably see three sizes. I can live with my iphone 5 for a while yet but don't want to miss out on the latest features like touch id or payments because I prefer a smaller phone
     
  25. BabyFu18 macrumors member

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    I really like the size of my iPhone 5, I have smaller hands and I think it just works well for me, but I've been with iPhone from the beginning and when you go back and look the size/shape have evolved and somehow people have managed to get on board with that. I think I'm going to try the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and if I absolutely cannot get used to the size I'll sell it and go back to my 5 (that I'll hold on to).

    It's hard to think that I'll like a bigger phone, but I'm willing to give it a chance and keep a backup in case it turns out to be something I don't like using. But I understand not wanting a bigger phone, I'm pretty resistant about the bigger form too, but like I said I'll try and see what happens.
     

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