Early data shows the public favoring the 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6 by a wide margin

Early data indicates that online traffic attributable to the smaller 4.7 Apple iPhone 6, is overwhelming traffic related to the larger 5.5 inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus. According to analytics firm MixPanel, a little more than 24 hours after the launch of Apple's two new handsets, the evidence clearly shows that the public is favoring the Apple iPhone 6, and by a fairly wide margin, too.

Early Saturday (4am UCT), the Apple iPhone 6 represented 3.60% of the iPhone traffic seen by MixPanel. That dwarfs the .49% of traffic related to the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. That means that for each iPhone 6 Plus spotted on the adoption chart, more than seven iPhone 6 units were seen.

While this goes against expectations that demand for the larger screened iPhone would outnumber that for the iPhone 6, these numbers could be due to a variety of reasons. As we pointed out before the actual launch, the iPhone 6 Plus represents a smaller number of early iPhone 6 units shipped by the manufacturer. One report stated that the phablet accounted for only 2% to 3% of all iPhone 6 units shipped. The earlier report also noted that when it comes to the iPhone 6 Plus, only one color was being shipped by Apple, and the 16GB variant was not yet in transit.

This means that the data could simply be showing the discrepancy in shipping data. It also could mean that for one reason or another, a number of iPhone 6 Plus units ordered have not yet been shipped, and if they have, were not yet activated by their buyers. Besides having a larger screen, the iPhone 6 Plus features a larger battery and OIS for the rear 8MP camera.

Thanks for the tip!

source: MixPanel via iTechPost

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Probably just due to the lack of shipments.

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Yeah probably. But I think since they are coming from 3.5inch and 4inch screen size they might've some difficulties with the big one so 4.7inch seems right spot for them. For me 4.7 is the perfect size for a smartphone.

12. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

" For me 4.7 is the perfect size for a smartphone." Weird, earlier it was 3.5'' the perfect size, then 4'' and now 4.7"? lol Can you already decide aPpLe fans?

30. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Why would any apple fanboy say that 4.7 inch is the perfect size? Apple also has 5.5 inch iPhone 6 plus. Infact, Apple would be happier if you buy the bigger one because it's more expensive and that's the reason why it has better resolution, better battery life and OIS,they have also made the apps make use of the bigger screen.

78. engineer-1701d unregistered

it's 2 sizes because of samsung galaxy and note line more specs on note

82. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

...But the s series phones sell more than the notes...and the same thing is happening with the iphones. (Actually,the note has better specs because it releases months after the s series flagship phone of that year)

84. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol um, sorry bro but that has to be one of the dumbest questions ever. They keep on being contradictory about what the perfect screen size is because they are biased. That's why.

87. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

U are wrong, that is the right question...because for an apple fanboy,5.5 inch should be the right screen size, not 4.7...why would 4.7 be the right choice for him given that 5.5 inch iphone 6 plus is the true flagship phone from apple and not the 4.7 inch iphone 6? ...Every company has fanboys, not just apple and asking for a 4.7 inch phone is not fanboyism.

43. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Lol.. Well, I always considered 4.7 a perfect size at least for me. Actually there is no such thing as perfect size. My hand is not so big so 4.7 is perfect for me but it differ for each individual.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes, and then it will be 5.1 and subsequently 5.3 and so on - and so on - blah, blah, blaaaah... All iConforming to what your great iGod mandates; truely sad that most of you think the same way and follow-the- leader the same way. Pee-you-thetic.

57. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Actually, this happens with android as well. I remember back in 2010/2011 that 4 to 4.3 inches was the sweet spot. Then it went to 4.5, then 5. Now it's pushing 5.1/5.2 as the sweet spot. Give it another year or two and 5.5 will be the sweet spot lol!

79. engineer-1701d unregistered

nope they only got bigger for the tech and different size people

60. stealthd unregistered

You are obsessed, get a life. People's opinions change, get over it.

77. engineer-1701d unregistered

my gs3 is perfect 4.8

90. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

android has every size imaginable... Does that means fandroids have not decided either

22. DTech

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I think 4.7" - 5" is good. But if they can make the 5.5" with so thin bezel I could have opted for that one.

31. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

i think 5 to 5.2" is the best screen size for a phone.

56. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I agree for the general population that the 4.7 is the perfect size. For me, I chose the 5.5 because I felt like the 4.7 is to similar to my iPhone 5 and wouldn't feel much different after a couple of weeks. Sure, I could see the difference side by side, but once I sold my 5 and had the 4.7 for a while, it would feel the same.

73. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It was the same for android. 4" was once considered massive, then it became the norm. Then 4.3" was massive then it became the norm. Then 4.7" was massive then it became the norm. Then 5.0" was massive and now its the norm. what was considered large only a couple years ago today gets the name "mini" or "compact".

14. andi8945

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

I pre-ordered the 6 Plus, I had to exchange it for the 6, it was just too big, even taller than the note 3. It won't fit in your pocket and if it does it looks like your carrying a brick. That size should be perfect for girls.

24. DTech

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

LOL! Yeah, I could just make use of an iPad mini for other purposes.

58. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Your hands are too small and your jeans are to tight. I just play with a 6plus at AT&T and can't wait for mine to arrive. Screen size wise, the 6 doesn't look much different than the 5/5s. they had both on a wall display in the store. When I first walked into the store, I thought it was an iPhone 5s next to the 5.5 from across the room. When I held it, the screen did feel bigger, but not a huge difference.

20. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

I already posted that Apple is just testing the waters with the new 5.5 inch phone because its new territory and they don't want what happen to the 5c to happen again ,so they just make a limited amount.

34. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

apple is justifying theyre large screen bit. 6+ units are out of reach so now users are going for the 4.7 because they want iphone now. making it seem as if the smaller screen is better. but its only better because users have been used to the small screen since it launched 2007. android went big to accomidate people with huge hands.(we all cant fit our thumbs on an iphone) The big one, yea i would try it but I'm too used to the freedom of android.

39. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Definitely due to more 4.7 inch inventory than 5.5 inch inventory.

80. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Because all the 6+ are still on the way back to China.

86. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The 6 Plus doesn't compare favorably to Samsung Note 3 (and 4). It is longer while the screen is smaller. The screen is not as bright and the Note 4 is going to be even sharper. It is like a previous generation phablet, like a Note 2 phablet as far as the screen is concerned. I was not impressed. Even the screen of Nokia 1520 is better. I also would not want to give up the Stylus in the Note. I use it to have customers sign on the screen after swiping their credit card through Paypal Here. I even find the Sony phablet better, just like the Nokia 1520.

2. Hashed unregistered

When are we getting over the iPhone 6?! Every single little bit should be reported in here? Enough is enough

4. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The more you click, the more they post.

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

The iPhone is the highest selling smartphone every single year. Why would it not get the most coverage? If you're tired of hearing about it, I suggest you turn off whatever device you peruse this site through & go play outside.

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