Apple could have launched a 5.7-inch iPhone 6, but Jonathan Ive decided it was too big

Apple could have launched a 5.7-inch iPhone 6, but Jonathan Ive decided it was too big
The New Yorker recently published a lengthy story on Jonathan Ive, Apple's chief designer, who's been responsible for the look of iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and other Apple products released starting the late 1990s.

One of the most interesting facts that The New Yorker is revealing is the existence of a 5.7-inch iPhone prototype that could have become an iPhone 6 (instead of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus). Reportedly, iPhone 6 prototypes were first created a few years ago, and, according to Ive, "the first one we really felt good about was a 5.7 [inch model]." Ive and his colleagues carried various prototype sizes for days and, eventually, the chief of Apple's design decided that 5.7 inches was "way too big." 5.6 inches was also too big, so they settled for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus to be released alongside the 4.7-inch model.

Check out the source link below for the full story on Jonathan Ive. And, if you have (or plan to get) an iPhone 6, let us know if you think a 5.7-inch model would have been too big, as Ive believes.

source: The New Yorker

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1. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

yes... because 5.5 is not big

6. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I think before too long 5-6 inches is going to be the norm. As long as the bezels aren't ridiculously bigger than they need to be (iPhone 6 plus), they're not too hard to handle. Especially with the shrinking screen feature on the GN4 or reachability on the 6 plus, they both help make the phone usable with one hand but give you the media consuming benefits of a larger screen.

38. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

To be fair the reason the bottom bezel is that size is because of TouchID and Apple like to have symmetry. Using my friend's 6+ it really isn't bad

48. JCHudson

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Having greater bezels allows the 7.1 mm thin iPhone 6 Plus to maximize battery size while simultaneously paving the way for a larger screened iPhone 7 Plus with the same footprint. Yes, Steve Jobs was against larger displays, but he passed about four years ago. Remember that when the iPhone first debuted in 2007, it had one of the largest displays at 3.5 inches. Both Apple and Samsung have filed patents for foldable phones, so we can expect screen sizes on mobile devices to reach epic proportions.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Even with though its 5.5", the iPhone 6+ is still too tall IMO Its about the same tall as the Nexus 6 (6" and front facing stereo speakers) Reachability somewhat helps, but its no way near as good as Samsung's One-handed mode

20. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

Apple has always been about shoving their vision down the consumers throat... I vaguely remember a Jobs quote about why they stayed with 3.5 inch screens on phones so long and how it was the right size and the consumer basically didn't know what was right. Boy did they blow it... IMO the major reason Android exploded was screensize... people just loved having these large displays

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Bullshit Apple. It's because you can't design a phone with thinner bezels, look at Note 4 and G Pro 2.

19. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It's pretty much their iconic design.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

God bless the f*** out of you. The fanbois certainly aren't gonna speak the truth. Thank you for doing so. Apple rushed to make the iPhone 6's and blew the design trying to rush. They didn't have the internal optimized as far as size. The phone has huge ugly bezels and a small battery even thought the phone is 5.5" How is it guys, that Samsung was able to shove a 3200MAH battery into the Note 3 and 3220 into the Note 4, and the 2 devices are very close in size? Yet the iPhone 6 is bigger and the battery is about the size of the S5 battery? It just proves who has the real skills of design and innovation. Ive simply rushed because Cook told him, either get me a big phone this year or you're fired and we wont be bedtime buddies anymore :-)

3. ReticentHamster

Posts: 158; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Call me crazy, but I would have loved a 5.7" iPhone. Actually, a 5.9" version would be ideal for me.

43. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

You're Crazy

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

5.7" isn't too big for a screen, but when you can't make a phone with so much extra wasted space, even a 5.5" screen can make a phone too damn big. But they have to have the "iconic" home button and the symmetry, so big bezels it is!

5. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I can see 5.7 being too big with iphone's large bezels. Their 5.5 inch screen phone size is matching other 5.7 or 5.9 screen phone sizes already.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

If they trimmed the bezel they could have a 5.7" display and keep the phone the same size. Look at the Nexus 6, it has a 6" display and is no larger than the iPhone 6 Plus.

8. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Or, maybe they just didn't want to be thought as copying Samsung.

15. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

What ? They will be thought as copying samsung, xiaomi, the entire android whatever size they release. That doesn't have anything to do with screen size, but rather with all that irrational hate towards whatever Apple does.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? You mean like how all the Apple fanboys was hating on 720p, 1080p and now 1440p? Saying we don't need it? Saying any display larger than 3.5" is just to big? How you all blasted the Note saying who would want to put a toaster to their ears? Year I remember. Now of of a sudden, 1080p is cool. 720p is cool. 5.5" isn't to big. The phone doesn't look like a toaster because Apple did it. Oh and that big ugly bezels on Android phones wold never be done on an Apple product. Oh and the mother of them all. When the iPhone 6 and 6+ leaks came out, everyone was saying Apple would never release a device like that with ugly antenna gaps and big ass bezels or a huge display. Now that the exact model was release!? OH MY GOD we love it, Apple is so innovative, we don't care that it bends, we don't care that the 128GB Flash is cheap and causes the phone to crash. We don't care that OIS is quirkly. We don't care the 6 is 740p. We don't care that it bends in your pocket. All you Android fanboys are just haters and just want to hate on Apple for no valid reason. Sounds just like you all...right? Like a bunch of hypocritical douchebags.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Because Samsung has a 5.5" phone. Hmmm! They didn't think anything. They just suck at design when they have to rush.

41. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

They did, it's called the note 2 screen

10. DaveElliott

Posts: 151; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

The .2 difference from the note 2 to note 4 wasn't very noticeable. As a first attempt at larger screens Apple did okay. You have to remember a lot of their users were moving from 3.5 and 4 inches. For the transition they probably selected the right sizes. Expect the iPhone 7, not 6s, to see an increase in size and resolution. They have the luxury of taking their time even when surrounded by superior screen competitors.

11. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Lolz the same users that said 3.5 and 4 inch is the ideal size and that anything bigger is ridiculous.! Those people are the same people that stood in line for hours to buy the BIGGER screen iphone's..! And now thier saying 4.7 and/or 5.5 inch screens are the perfect size..! Sheeeeeeeps I tell you, sheeeeps.!

17. Iodine

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah those were idealy sized superphones a year before and they still are - but as you can see the times are changing and Apple is know to think trice before cutting - they released two bigger phones in two really great sizes and still have the smaller for sale. So what's your point ? Android manufacteurs have hundreds of sizes, because they aren't willing to set a standardand size - they don't know what size is ideal for this time.

24. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

"Apple is know to think trice" Umm yeah didn't get what you said there.?!? Are you using a iphone.? Don't think your auto correct is working because there's other words in there that's not spelled correctly either. You might want to take your new iPhone into a apple store and have them trouble shoot your problem for you. My point is simply this, Apple doesnt have the balls to take chances and/or risks, they have the money and the design team that could have made a phablet phone well over a year ago, but they let Android manufacturers do the dirty work for them by making bigger screens, using different materials in manufacturing etc etc. Most of the leading Android oe manufacturers have taken risks at one point in time, some worked out magnificently and some not so much. Apple on the other hand plays things safe, and never take risks. Yes they make a good phone, but most of what apple design teams has done to the latest and greatest iphone has been done by Android manufacturers years ago. Nothing new really.! Apple has stopped innovating after the second generation iphone and has been playing catch up ever since. I respect companies that try new things out, with fresh new ideas, the risk takers. Grow some balls Apple.! Shock me with something that the phone industry has never seen before.! Won't hold my breath on this though, Apple has become from what I thought was a leading design and technological company, to a company that is no more then a company that sells the trendy overpriced laptops and phones.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

All sizes are ideal because everyone is different. The greatest thing about Android is they all support industry standard resolutions. That means no matter what size phone you buy, when you install your app you wont have black bars or half ass pixelated applications. Variety is the spice of life fool. Anyone who speaks against variety is a lame brain twit even if it was me. McDonald's sales more than one version of the same hambuger. Why? Chick places sell more than one version of the same chicken. Why? Soda company's sell more than one version of the same soda. Why? Automakers sale more than one trim level of the same car. Why? Now that I have busted your stupid bubble, wake up and stop choosing to be ignorant just because you can. Android OEM's simple progressive;ly different sizes year after year. While Apple simply jumped from one size to another. That is dumb. Especially because they don't support standard resolutions, which make viewing content on their device look like crap. It is still sad that the last an only Apple devices in my house an iPad and iPad many that press the 2X button to increase app size still looks pixelated and have bars on the top and bottom. I hate even using my wife's of kid iPad's as it just pisses me off those things cost so much and the apps look like crap because resizing an app made for a smaller screen, can't be evenly resized so it looks good. Yet you fools are so quick to talk about another platform. Things lek that wont happen on Android fool. If I buy a phone app and scale it on a tablet, it too may have black bars, but at least it scales evenly so it isn't pixelated. Even if I view a movie that is not in the native resolution, it scales evenly and looks good and I still have the option to stretch it if I want too. With Apple? NAH! The grass is greener on this side dude. STOP HATEN. Just understand this statement which is fact - Stupidity is not a mistake, it is a choice. I am not saying buying or owning an iPhone makes people stupid. What does, is how they try to act because they have one. That everything else is inferior. Even though I am not an Apple fan, I too felt that way to some extent when I had an iPhone, thinks to some of Apple brainwashing bullsh*t. But I got out after only 2 models and I have no regrets. I realized, owning an iPhone makes you inferior. Because you pay all that money for a device that dictates how Apple wants you to use it as if they are steal the owner.

28. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And it is the responsibility of people like you and me to do the world a favor hunt these sheep like the wolves we are. Grrrr

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That was a OK decision as the iPhone users could not have handled such big screen of 5.7" directly from 4". So 2 phones with 4.7" and 5.5" screens strategy is fine, and 5.5" 6 Plus can be used by those who have used other bigger android phones.

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? If they had simply scale the internal down so they fit in a smaller package, the screen size wouldn't have mattered. The Note 4 is 5.7" and yet it is smaller than the iPjhone 6. The Note 3 has a 5.5" display, yet it is smaller than the iPhone 6+. If Apple has made the bezels smaller and the parts smaller, made them fit better, they could have made the device smaller and had a bigger battery. After all, explain how Samsung made the Note 3 and 4 smaller than the iPhone 6 yet boh have much larger batteries, cameras and more inside? I can answer for you. BECAUSE SAMSUNG IS BETTER AS THEY AHVE BEEN DOING THIS LONGER> Even the very first Note and the GS3 which were both first attempts for Samsung at a larger device, they did a much better job than Apple did. After all, the Galaxy S III was the top phone for the year it came out and it was the Olympics device of choice too. It was the fastest selling phone of all time until the S4 came out. I know the writers anfd the posters here mostly are Appel fans and that is fine, each chooses their own poison. But none will admit, Samsung is the better of the too because they are better at design. Sure the iPhone family as a whole are very nice looking devices, in fact they look better than the Galaxy line in many respects. But looks have cause the iPhone to not be what it really should be. If the iPhone of today was like it is now, with the capabilities and design prowness of the Note 4, I would buy one right now. Its not and never will be.

13. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Because Ive already had the bezels in mind.

14. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

as much as i like apple, i think they could have fiited a 5.7 display, heck, you can even put 6 inch in that form factor. if samsung did it, nexus did it, its not impossible. but note 4 is a hell of a device.. they nailed it, 5.7 inch is not for all, if they released note mini, im sure they will get more customers.

42. forerunner66

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Note mini? You've got to be joking. What do you think the S line is?

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