Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 11:39 UTC
Apple "Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said." Cue the usual suspects twisting and turning to change the very fabric of space-time so that instead of 3.5" being the optimal size, 4.0" will be the optimal size. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
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RE: You are so fast...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 16th May 2012 15:49 UTC in reply to "You are so fast..."
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

No, I really don't think everyone does. Not everyone tries to make objective statements on subjective matters. Most rational people would say something along the lines of " I prefer a smaller screen size", rather than "3.5 inches is the perfect screen size for everyone who has ever existed and for all time, regardless of any future innovation". The latter is stupid, and people should be made fun of for saying similar things to hopefully point out the folly of confusing objectivity with subjectivity.

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RE[2]: You are so fast...
by shollomon on Wed 16th May 2012 17:52 in reply to "RE: You are so fast..."
shollomon Member since:
2008-07-06

Correct. There is no single perfect screen size. The fact that people are starting to demand differentiation among phones with respect to size shows that the market is maturing. With the advent of competition in the smart phone space, users have been been exposed to larger format phones. Some significant number of them have said,"Hey, this bigger size works better for me."

Apple, like every other manufacturer, must decide which features it wishes to push in a competitive market based on anticipated returns. Will they make more money adding a size, changing the standard size or keeping things like they are?

Despite what many believe, AAPL is not watching out for the interests of anybody but AAPL. The app store is not designed to improve your app experience, it is designed to improve their bottom line. Ditto for the hardware. No unicorns, just the P & L statement. Just like every other OEM.

So, what we'll know when iPhone 5 launches is AAPL's considered opinion regarding what size phone people are most willing to pay for, not which size works best.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, Yes, but also No. Apple in the second Jobs era, has not been driven by the bottom line analysis of features. They really have just made devices and software how Steve Jobs think devices and software should be. They aren't as traditionally bottom line, financial analysis driven as others. The problem is Steve Job's tastes aren't representative of everyone's taste.

If they really are going to do something drastically different, there will be cries of people about how "Steve wouldn't have let this happen".

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