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iPhone 6 Could Creep Toward ‘Phablet’ Territory

iPhone 6 Could Creep Toward ‘Phablet’ Territory

by Shawn FarnerOctober 7, 2013

The accepted definition for a “phablet” is a smartphone with a screen size between 5 inches and 6.9 inches. According to BGR, an Apple analyst has recently changed his tune on the company, changing it to a “buy” based in part on his belief that Apple will increase the screen size of the iPhone 6 to 4.8 inches — not quite a phablet, but close.

With the iPhone 5, Apple left its 3.5-inch "sweet spot" to offer a larger display.

With the iPhone 5, Apple left its 3.5-inch “sweet spot” to offer a larger display.

The analyst, Peter Misek of Jeffries & Co., had this to say in a note published this morning:

“We est ~50% of smartphone shipments have >4″ screens and that iPhone 6 will catalyze a large upgrade cycle. The stock is attractive based on the attitude change, FY15 revs >+15%, and valuation.”

Should Apple indeed jump to a larger display, such as 4.8 inches, it would raise an interesting question about that display’s resolution. The iPhone has kept the same pixels-per-inch (PPI) density since the launch of the iPhone 4 in 2010. If Apple offered an iPhone with a larger display but kept the same 1136 x 640 resolution, it would cause the PPI count to drop down from 326 to 272. That’s still better than the iPad 4’s pixel density, but the iPad is also a 9.7-inch device that is meant to be held further away than a smartphone.

A drop in PPI doesn’t seem like a very Apple thing to do — the famed “Retina” display is one of the company’s key selling points, after all — but it may keep things more simple for developers.

Should Apple introduce a 4.8-inch iPhone with a different resolution, it would force developers to support three different resolutions: 960 x 640, 1136 x 640 and whatever the newest resolution is.

Next year could also be the year that Apple phases out support for the 3.5-inch iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models, so adding a new display resolution may not be such a big deal.

With the iPhone 5, the iPad mini and a potential 4.8-inch iPhone 6 in 2014, there’s been a noticeable shift in the way Apple has approached its products. Where the company previously stuck to its guns on design decisions — remember Steve Jobs saying a 3.5 inches was the “sweet spot” for smartphones? — the company seems more willing to give the market what it wants. The demand is there for larger phones, but there isn’t an iPhone willing to meet it, yet.

Perhaps that will change next year.

  • chris
    October 21, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    Your font’s A’s look like Stargate’s symbol

    • October 21, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      Not here they don’t, can you provide a screenshot?

      • Zack
        October 28, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Jeff, I see the same..but only at 100% zoom, anything more or less and the ‘A’ appears fine. See screenshot: Using Chrome Version 30.0.1599.101 m.

        • kuschku
          February 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM

          Chrome has usually some problems with font hinting and subpixel-antialiasing and this picture just proves it again.

          Try viewing the webpage with WebKit (Safari), Gecko (Firefox) or Trident (Internet Explorer) and you’ll see, only Blink (Chrome) has this problem.

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  • Ronnie Roback
    December 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Human being has urge to hold something to write. I was thinking that they will provide me the stylus. I need two things in phone. Shirt front-pocket friendly size and Stylus. Any one listening?

    • Donnie
      December 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      I guess not

    • Tash
      December 16, 2013 at 4:06 AM

      For me the stylus has always gone to waste. Nothing can beat the thumbs.

      • Ronnie Roback
        December 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Agree. Using thumb is also an urge. We all started with thumb sucking child hood. However, when we grow up we need to hold a pen. So make the thumb option but for grown-up dont take away the option of stylus. Hope Apple and Samsung are listening. Again please make it shirt front-pocket friendly.

        • Joaquim Inverno
          January 4, 2014 at 6:27 AM

          only people over 35-40 years old want to use a styles… most of my friends (college students) prefer to type on a computer or on a touch screen… Apple is against stylus and so would any company that wants to have a cool image and sell products, stylus are for drawing… not for comercial products!

          • Ronnie Roback
            January 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

            If I take this point as true, it will justify inclusiong of Stylus option. The majority of the world population is now old. They also have surplus money. I propose they should have Stylus option as well as without Stylus If college student do not want to use stylus, it is insane to deprive other majority who need it. Problem with apple is that they have got ‘my way or high way attitude’ they don’t listen to the customer

          • Nate
            February 18, 2014 at 11:41 PM

            Although this could be said, statistically speaking 18-24 year olds still hold a vast majority in the market share. Also having two options would not be a smart decision economically. This would increase the already inflated prices. A much more viable solution would be to purchase a case with stylus. They are 50$ at the most.

          • Robert K Jensen
            March 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

            If you want a stylus get yourself a decent phone or phablet from Samsung. Late models include the option for S Pen. I-phones have become a joke, I had one for 3 months for work, OMG I hated it every day and kept my Samsung SIII – 4G at hand always. Apple products have become rank rip offs.

      • Bombay_4Eva
        January 9, 2014 at 4:11 AM

        Why not just buy an after market stylus for a few bucks?

        • Tomáš Konkoľ
          April 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

          You possibly dont know what its stilus. Its not a thick stick with piece of rubber or foam in the end. Stilus its for precision quick handwriting.

          • Bombay_4Eva
            July 10, 2014 at 7:07 AM

            When you crawl out from under that rock, open your eye’s to see the modern stylus’s available today..


            Don’t you just hate it when some old cock gets cocky.

          • Ian
            August 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM

            Hi Bombay, Samsung note phones have the same technology as graphics pads, hi resolution magnetic sensor screens. This is in addition to the capacitive touch sensors on most smart phones which are extremely crude in comparison. The stylus incorporates a coil and pressure sensor giving the same or better feel than using a pencil or ballpoint pen. Since discovering this technology was available I’ve dumped my Iphone for a Galaxy Note 8. A complete phone, office, drawing pad, media centre, games machine.

    • alfred
      January 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Hmm, never had a bigger screen, i think i ll miss to lie on my side on my bed with my phone, feel comfy holding it with just one hand…

    • Brenda Malcolm-Soloman
      April 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Galaxy note 3. May be to big for pocket .

    • Guest
      May 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      Sony Ericsson Vivaz

    • sassy
      July 19, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      If you want that, get a Samsung

  • amleysmith
    December 10, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    I want to Purchase it Iphone 6.It has Lots of good quality in the Iphone 6.

  • blaine turnacliff
    December 12, 2013 at 4:29 AM

    catering to the Chinese market which has shown a clear preference to larger screens, as evident by their huge shift from the iphones to samsung’s galaxy. Apple is playing catch up, unusal place for them to be.

    • mickeyg
      January 2, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      I made a prediction that Apple wiil make iphone 6 bigger , and ……… I surveyed my Uni class , 4 had an iphone , 6 had a Samsung , amazingly 11 still had Nokias , But All said they like the BIGGER Samsung screen ,Apple gotta go there or lose the market ,simple equation.

      • Pintete
        January 12, 2014 at 3:11 AM

        I have a SG Note2 and I am happier with it than with my previous little and limited iPhones (3 and 4), Nokias and my first smartphone (the forgettable iPaq).

      • Paul
        January 13, 2014 at 4:43 AM

        The only reason I got myself a Samsung Mega was the size of the screen. I want a tablet and I want a phone, WHY in this day and age cant the two things be put together??? My phone is the only Android device I own. I know I am not the only one in this situation

      • Der Saenn
        February 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Cause all new Android flagships were 5inch i gave up waiting for a similar new phone – and own now after Galaxy S2 the Sony Z1 – but i must say that the 4,3 Display of the Samsung did fit better to me than the 5inch Sony – so the new Z1 compact would have been right. But the 4 inch of the 5s were no option to me – and the 4s was for me a No Go.
        I think Apple does right to spend a 5 or even little bigger phone for the successful market with larger smartphones, but in my opinion they should not forget the smaller size – it gives enough people like me who were not amused to buy a big one for compromise only about the high-end classification. I think Sony did know very well why they offered now a medium-size top phone.

    • VikTokyo
      January 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      I’m in China and I agree….Large Screens are the way to go. With so many people walking, riding buses, classrooms, etc., it pays to have a large screen for easy viewing. And who wants a tiny screen anyway. SHOW ME THE BEEF Wendy’s!!! (xixi/smile)

  • Pooja Malhotra
    December 12, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    It has Lots of good feature for the Iphone 6 .

  • Tash
    December 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    Im on the verge of buying an iPhone 5s. Apple don’t piss me off and make your products outdated so quickly. Why do they have a knack for doing this?? The consumer will become peeved very quickly and jump ship. As I am contemplating. It’s too expensive for me(and many) to purchase the iPhone, just to feel crap because there’s a better version out before the ink even dries on the contract. This better not launch anytime before the end of 2014, better yet only in 2015.

    • Andreas Janke
      January 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      I buy my mobiles when I need a new one. They suit my needs which don’t change as fast as technology. Two, three or even four years later when I feel the need of a new one, I buy it. Meanwhile there have to be several generation jumps! Otherwise I wouldn’t buy it. Saying it clearly: If I bought iPhone 5S today only iPhone 7(S) would be a reason to get a new one in 2016.

    • EducatedToPerform
      January 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Welcome to exactly the same thing that all mobile phone manufacturers do. In fact, every other company releases phones MORE often than Apple.

      • john
        February 11, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        that is true!!

      • Der Saenn
        February 16, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Thats absolutely right. I own no Iphone, but Sony. And at the moment i think they will make the record in this case: In the beginning of 2013 came the xperia Z, i bought november the Z1 – and next month comes the release for the Z2…. so they made 3 releases in 1year for a new flagship!

    • Rupert Halloway
      January 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      I so agree! I don’t know why I keep buying Apple products outright. Don’t DO IT! I went into the Apple store here in Berlin with an iPhone 4S that completely imploded with the new ios7 update. The ‘Genius’ was kind enough to tell me that basically, I should never really buy an iPhone outright – but rather stick to plans, because the phones are made to become obsolete. Apparently a software update draws out all the ‘bugs’ your phone may have had before.. Pffft. Nice genius though.

      • Der Saenn
        February 16, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Yes, this was so. When the first Iphones 5s came here in Switzerland for sale they were not able to use 4G until they got a first update. But nobody gave before a information to the buyers ;-)

      • Mark T
        June 3, 2014 at 4:29 AM

        just don’t “upgrade” any apps or OS

    • Der Saenn
      February 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      “Theres existing nothing older than the smartphone that you have bought in that moment” ;-)

    • SHR
      May 14, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      better buy SG note 3 perfect for a person who like to trash talk to apple i am user of apple since iphone 3 arrived but after i use note the i found what ive been missing for 7 years death to apple and say hello to android

    • nonymous
      June 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      buy it in the first month of release and update it after two years. that what i do. I had iphone 4, 5 & now using Iphone 5 waiting for iphone6. ignore the S(4S, 5S, 6S) versions.

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    December 17, 2013 at 2:19 AM

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  • chubz
    December 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I think 5inch is the new sweetspot for a smartphone. I can’t read comics on a 3.5 or 4inch smartphone

  • Guillermo
    December 19, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Apple should begin to think in interchangeable batteries for smartphone intensive users.. That’s a must got iPhone 6…

    • Plazmic Flame
      January 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      At least a larger battery will do for me… but a really large battery, not an incremental 30 mAh increase. The larger iPhone, if they make it, needs to have like a 2500 mAh battery.

    • chevalier998
      January 31, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Like Samsung?

    • Nate
      February 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      I disagree, as shown over and over, removable batteries take more space, and less efficient due to its removable wiring. Plus if you have apple care, they will replace the battery for you.

    • Mark T
      June 3, 2014 at 4:28 AM

      just buy a lipstick additional battery pack for $15.

  • M1k3G
    December 21, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    Here’s hoping that the new screen will be wider, and not longer. I’d like a phablet, not something that may pass as a vibrator.

    • Slarti Bartfast
      January 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      hey, don’t knock multifunctionality! and remember, there’s a camera in there too! ;-)

  • Ankit
    December 24, 2013 at 4:54 AM

    Now who is copying the ideas?

  • Jonas Gustavsson
    December 29, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Make iphones in different sizes instead of one that don´nt fit all.

  • John
    December 29, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Apple just doesn’t want to be proven wrong about the 3.5″ being the “sweet spot.” That’s why it hasn’t made large screen phones yet. Next to a phablet, iPhones look and feel like a toy.

  • LilliaFairfax
    January 7, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I want to Purchase it Iphone 6 for using it .

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    January 21, 2014 at 8:11 PM

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  • January 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Hey, Apple! Make an iPad Mini + phone, and I will immediately buy one.

  • Oops
    January 30, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    Oh a bigger screen that’s innovative….Yawn. Apple needs to realize that its not 2007 anymore. The I-phone was innovative then, since then all they have done is add facetime, bigger screen and more memory. Very disappointing. If apple would come out with something better I may think about switching back, but for the last 5 years I have not been impressed or amused.

  • arrotoxieta
    February 7, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Probably the fact that now a very large part of the smartphone market is in countries where they use Chinese characters plays an important role. Sometimes those characters are really similar to each other and you need a wider screen to use a larger font in order for them to be readable.

    • Nessy
      February 9, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      I really dont feel that way actually. I am an American currently living in Japan and am using an iPhone 4s (bought this time last year)… and I find no difficulty reading kanji (Chinese characters) on my phone……… I don’t see why that can pose as a reason. From my time in Tokyo (about 1 year) I’ve noticed that most people in Japan prefer iPhones and the smaller screen. There is a larger market for the smaller screen than the larger ones used by androids.

      • Der Saenn
        February 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        I could read also everything on my first smartphone/pocket-pc with only 2,4inch Display – but this was in 2006 – and in 2011 i did not buy the 4s about the smaller display than the Samsung S2 – and today i use a 5 inch Sony – cause the 5s was again no option for me. And i could never use the display of the pocket-pc from 2006 for the functions that i use today. 4,3 of the S2 was perfect for me, but 4 is too small. Usually i would say the larger the better – the size-limit depends on the housing, not on the display… at the best would also Apple offer different sizes. Or they will further ignore and lose some clients.

  • Leon Kirby
    February 8, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Steve Jobs knew that if you weren’t willing to cannabalise your own products then someone else would. He knew that putting iTunes on the iPhone would eat into sales of iPods, but if Apple didn’t do it, then another company would.

    You don’t have to update every cycle. Most of the changes are incremental and will make very little difference to the average user. IMHO

  • Tony
    March 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    If it’s real, referring to the new iPhone 6=phablet of 6”, well, if it will be real I think it’s finally time to stop buying apple phone.

  • Cameron Brown
    March 6, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Pfft, 5 inches is hardly a phablet in this day. There are “mini” phones with ~4.7″ screens. Can’t wait for phones to be briefcases again.

  • Gibscreen
    March 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Let the market tell apple what it wants? Blasphemy! Surely that can’t be a proper way to run a business. Steve Jobs must be rolling over in his grave.

  • yamdigger
    April 1, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I used to own an iPhone 3GS, then I bought the Samsung Note. After quickly getting spoiled by the Note’s big, beautiful screen, there is just no way I can see myself going back to IPhone’s 3.5 – 4 inch screen agin

  • Pablozar
    April 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    It’s not the release of a newer iPhone (or any other phone) what makes obsolete the one before. At least that iPhones are affected by some kind of cross generational cannibalism, your 4 or 4/S continues to do the same things it did the day you bought it and more with further updates. You don’t have the last one any more, of course, so it seems more a tweaky concern than a real obsolescence matter. In the other hand iOS 7.1 fixed most of the performance issues with iPhone 4 and 4/s. My daughter’s 4 runs more than fine now, and to be honest, it didn’t run bad just updated to iOS 7.0

  • Cotto Djalloh
    April 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    i still have a feature phone and have a linux computer and thats enough for me and saves me a lot of money and headaches!

  • MC Wong
    May 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Samsung should have patented phablet size since apple did that with rounded corners.Sammie can sue their pants off.

  • Zai
    May 19, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Please better increase the camera Pixels and give a better camera!!!!!!!! and also the screen!

  • DJ
    May 29, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Apple should include notification led as android. I receive a lot of msgs n whatsapp etc. My screen keeps on lighting with every single inbox bt i seldom check outright. So my battery is draining without reason. Apple aint innovative. They jst talk a lot!!

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