Apple’s iPhone 6: Size matters

“Once again Apple is getting ready to open the bubbly; this time unveiling what is probably the most exciting product offering in many years,” George Kesarios writes for Seeking Alpha. “In just a few days from now, on September 9th, Apple is expected to unveil its 4.7″ and 5.5″ inch new iPhone 6 devices. Will these devices sell? Yep, they will, and I think Apple will hit a home run with them.”

“The most important feature of the iPhone 6 lineup is the size. Until now, if you wanted an iPhone you had to settle for a small screen. There was no 5 inch iPhone no matter how much money you were willing to pay,” Kesarios writes. “A very big percent of those users who have a 5-inch Google Android device, is because of the size. These users could very well have bought an Apple iPhone, but the size was a deterrent. Expect many of these users to switch over to Apple over the next 12 months.”

“Apple did not lose [U.S.] market share due to the size issue, do not expect Apple to lose market share with the introduction of these new devices. I expect Apple to gain market share in the U.S., mainly at the expense of Samsung,” Kesarios writes. “In a recent survey by Jana, in just about every emerging market around the world, over 50% of smartphone users said their next smart device will be 5 inches or higher. As such, I expect Apple to gain worldwide market share over the next 12 month period also, perhaps as much as 1.5%.”

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MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in May:

An iPhone with a larger screen option will hurt Samsung immeasurably more than myriad, unending traipses through the legal morass.


  1. Except that the price of the iPhone 6 will be significantly higher than anything running Android. People (myself included) will still buy them. But 2 seconds after the keynote presentation you will be hearing screams about how expensive the new iPhones are. Some things never change…

  2. This will make it the first time I’ll need to actually _handle_ an iPhone before ordering one, and, yeah, if the 6 is significantly larger to hold and clumsier to deal with than the 5, I _won’t_ be getting one.

    1. I’m also concerned. As much as a larger screen would be nice, I don’t want to deal with the larger form factor it will require. The iPhone 5 slides nicely into my pocket and is reasonably easy to remove – even sitting down. I’m not sure a phone with any larger phone factor will work so well.

      Worse, I just look around at the “phablet” users in public, and I can’t help but think about how ridiculous it looks. However big those are, I hope the iPhone isn’t remotely that large, or I’ll have zero interest.

      1. I’m well under 6 foot tall and a couple of days ago I cut some cardboard to the rumored dimensions of the 5.5 inch and it fits in my pocket just fine. The 4.7 inch dimensions are only slightly larger than the iPhone 5, so if you go that route it shouldn’t be an issue.

    2. It is very possible that Apple will retain the smaller 4″ display form factor. At the very least, I would expect some version of the iPhone 5s/5c to be sold as the budget device when the 6 is released. Apple likes to get as much mileage as it can from its product lines. Since the DDT&E has already been covered, it can still make a healthy profit at a lower price point.

      However, in the longer term, If the 4.7″ iPhone 6 is close to the 5s/5c in terms of external dimension, then the 4″ display will likely eventually disappear.

  3. While size may matter for those who want a larger display it also matters to those who believe that the 5S is about as large as they want. Women with smaller hands, guys with normal sized shirt pockets, etc. will be happier with the 5S size. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple deliver an iPhone 6 in the 5S size after the first of the year.

    1. I too would prefer the current 4 inch version. But I would surprised to see one announced next week because we haven’t seen a 4 inch version of the new iPhone in any of the spy pics.

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