Have a say: Does Apple need a new iPhone size?


Just recently, Apple surprised the industry as it likes to do: in a time of 5-inch and larger phones, it breathed fresh life in a phone format that seemed abandoned, the 4-inch super compact iPhone SE was practically a remake of the iPhone 5s, but with the latest Apple A9 system chip and 12-megapixel camera capable of 4K video recording.

Apple argued that tens of millions of people bought its 4" phones in 2015 and this new phone would be a perfect choice for those looking for a smaller device.

We're yet to hear about the success of such a strange decision, but what we think Apple needs more than resurrecting old phone designs, is a brand new phone size.

Currently, Apple offers the iPhone 6s in a regular, 4.7" screen size and a much larger, 5.5" display size 6s Plus model. Both phones have their loyal following, and it's easy to see the benefits of both these form factors: the easily pocketable and comfortable to hold iPhone 6s and the landscape-enabled iPhone 6s Plus with its larger battery and more room for work and media.


We have no issues with the 4.7" iPhone: it's compact and a great option to have, but we do find the Plus-sized iPhone a bit excessive. It's not just us: the phone is physically larger than most 5.5" high-end phones out there and that's due to its large side bezels and design. It's extremely uncomfortable having it in your jeans pocket when doing something or when hopping off and on a car. We're sure other folks might have different opinions: some might find the 4.7" too small and wish for something a tad bigger. That's an opinion again, but it's also backed by facts: most other phone makers have settles on 5" to 5.3" devices as their main phones.

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple iPhone 6s

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

Dimensions

6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches

158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


All in all, it seems shortsighted that Apple does not offer anything in that size range. Our own polls suggest that the 5" to 5.49" phone size is the preferred one for the majority of voters.

What do you think? Are you fine with just the two current 6s phone sizes (and the SE, of course)? Or would you also want a phone that strikes a middle-ground between the 6s and 6s Plus? We're looking forward to your thoughts in the comments right below.

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54 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no worries, apple will pick the answer for their users... since their user didnt know what they need until apple give something new to them

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you know what you are talking about. The amount of people still using the 5/5S says everything.

9. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Finally PA admits that iPhones have large side bezels....

10. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It might say that those folks don't think Apple has put out anything compelling since. Or that they can't afford an upgrade. The fact that the SE didn't sell gangbusters also says something.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats because they release iSE.. their users starting to talk about 4incher again just after iSE leaked, no one care about 4incher when apple releasing i6s

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What does it say. The fact Apple sold 75M iPhones in one quarter after they went big, actually tells everything. As far as the 5S/SE. The 5S is now much cheaper in certain markets where people cant afford the latest iPhone. They just want an iPhone and now the 5S being roughly $300USD is now an affordable iPhone in Asia and India for example. You dont even know anything about why the numbers are like that. Maybe because Apple doesn't tell you the facts. Explain why Apple brought the iPhone 4 back for India? lol You think they want a tiny ass phone? NO! Its simply the only affordable iPhone for india Apple is willing to make.

53. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Sure does; it says they'll go for outdated tech to save a few bucks off apple's exorbitant pricing

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Every OEM only has a few option to pic from. Apple is no different.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Samsung has phones that are 4", 4.3", 4.5", 5.1", 5.2", 5.3", 5.5" 5.7", 5.8" and 6.0" and all are phones. Oh and they have flip phones too. Each one of those sizes has at least 3 options to choose. So just because Apple is limited doesn't mean every one is.

24. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

6.2''

2. NoAllegiance unregistered

At some point all companies will eventually phase out all displays under 5.5" inches. So will not be surprised if in 10 years if there is only a 5.5" model.

48. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Nah, 5inch is the sweet spot. I own a galaxy s7 but I think my sons iPhone 6s is a nice size. Anything over. 5.2is getting to big. And I have big hands

50. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

OK, but I hope companies manage to trim their bezels a bit. I don't mind 5.5" but it has to come in LG G3 dimensions, or smaller! Apple are amongst the worst offenders here.

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

No!! You don't see anyone complaining about screen sizes anymore. Why was this even brought up? 4, 4.7 and 5.5 is more than enough. A 5 Inch screen isn't different enough from the 4.7. A 5.3 inch screen isn't different enough from a 5.5.

5. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

5.1 inches please

19. Shocky unregistered

Won't happen, many of their customers have convinced themselves the small size is perfect. There is no way they're going to upset them by changing the size, and no chance they will release another size in-between.

36. EyeSea

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 04, 2016

4inch please.

6. Shocky unregistered

No, they need to do a better job with the Plus model. Less bezel, more compact design. The screen sizes are fine imo.

51. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

This, there are plenty of smaller 5.5" phones out there, everyone else can do it. Hell, there are plenty of phones with bigger displays that are smaller.

7. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

A 4.7" 5.2" and a 5.7" would hit all levels of people who want a compact/medium/large phone.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

a 5.7" iphone would be the size of a coffee table with their bezels... I think they should just grow the 4.7 to 5 and have a 5.5 and a 5.

8. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

How about optimizing screen-to-body ratio first?

20. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

YES, this is what I was about to post... they "Do need a new iPhone size" a smaller one, while retaining the same display, for each of their options

14. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

NO!!! They're fine the way they are. One for big hands (plus) one for small hands (regular) and one for tiny hands (SE).

16. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

That's a very generalistic statement. When I work in the Far East most of the people I work with use phablets, yet they generally have smaller hands - they just use both with the phone. I have large hands yet I prefer the 4.7" iPhone because I use it one-handed, the 4" is even better for that. 4.3-4.5" is probably most suited to one-hand use (or much smaller bezels on the 4.7"). I know at least three people who've stuck with iPhone 4/5 because they prefer the size to the 6 and it has nothing to do with their hand size.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

4 incher should be 4.7, 4.7 incher should be 5.2, and the 5.5 incher should be 5.8.

17. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You should add: IMO 4 incher is the best move Apple has done in years

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31045; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They could put 4.7 in just about the same form factor.

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they can't. They shoved a 5.5 incher into a 5.7 incher. While Samsung shoved a 5.7 into a 5.5.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They need to get rid of Ive first!

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