CNET readers design their dream iPhone by committee

“Earlier this month we asked you, the esteemed CNET reader, to tell us the features you most wanted in Apple’s next iPhone, and you delivered,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET. “With the likely arrival of the iPhone 5S right around the corner, we’ve compiled the results and asked a range of technology experts to help explain why some desired features make more sense than others.”

“The first thing we asked you was what size screen you’d most prefer in the next iPhone. Leading the way was 4.7 inches,” Lowensohn reports. “Individual size options aside, here’s the big takeaway: 79 percent of readers who responded want a screen that’s larger than the current iPhone 5 screen. Some bad news for all but the 21 percent of readers who yearned for a 4-inch screen: By nearly every indication, Apple’s going to stick with the same 4-inch display for both expected new iPhone models, the 5S and 5C. That’s according to NPD DisplaySearch research director Shawn Lee.”

Lowensohn reports, “[As for most-preferred casing materials], people are big on metal, which came in at 39 percent of the nearly 10,000 votes. Moreover, CNET readers also seem down on plastic, which pulled in just 6 percent of the votes… Better battery life was far and away your most sought after feature… Other popular choices by CNET commenters: Beats Audio, removable batteries, third-party software keyboard. SD card slot, waterproofing, wireless charging.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “bocherer” for the heads up.]


  1. Wow 10,000 votes… please. That is an insignificant amount. Apple sells that many phones in less then a day.

    How many of their “voters” actually have an iPhone. Bigger question is how many of them have an Android phone?

    1. I think this answers your question about what phones the “votes” have.

      “Other popular choices by CNET commenters: Beats Audio, removable batteries, third-party software keyboard. SD card slot, waterproofing, wireless charging.”

      1. Right. CNET commenters. I think that says it all. Waterproofing? Sure. Everything else leans towards people used to tinkering with their tech and, therefore, not the large majority of consumers.

        Buts Beats Audio? That strikes me, with respect to Dre, as a sales gimmick.

  2. And if Henry Ford would had asked his future customers what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.

    Do you really think the iPod, iPhone and iPad could have been designed by a CNET survey? Seriously, CNET!? I’m sorry but for me, CNET is nothing more then a bunch of PC clowns and has been for the last 10+ years.

  3. Just great, 50% percent want a screen 4.7″ or larger.

    Then after they give it to you, 80% want a screen 4.7″ or smaller. So it just sucks because people really don’t know what they want until they have it.

    How many hands do you need to use your Android phone? Can a short person of let’s 5’6″ use a Galaxy Note, with one hand? Sucker

    When you can’t stick it in your pocket or it breaks because you drop it. The tune will change.

  4. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
    — Steve Jobs

    Thanks for everything Steve. You really did know what you were talking about.

  5. I really don’t want a bigger screen in my iPhone, it fits perfectly in my pocket right now. If I wanted a bigger screen I would buy an iPad o iPad mini.
    Leave those “bigger” number for those fandroids that only want to compare specs even if they can’t do a $hit with those specs.

    1. Accoding to the article Apple is adding features to the iPhone that have been available for Android users for years. Is Apple innovating or copying?

      Also, the article mentioned that Apple charges about $200 for $30 worth of memory. Gotta pay the Apple tax.

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