Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Apr 2014 13:35 UTC
Apple

Internal Apple documents from last April shown in court today paint the picture that the company was scrambling to identify and determine ways to compete with devices running Android, as well as keep sales of the iPhone from petering out amid growing competition.

Pages from a 2014 planning document last April, shown during a cross-examination of Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller, noted that smartphone growth rates were declining, something that could impact iPhone sales. Worse yet, the document said, was growing consumer interest for less expensive, larger-screened smartphones, with a headline on the page reading "consumers want what we don't have."

Apple is doing just fine in the US. In large parts of Europe and the rest of the world - not so much. I don't mean to say they are in trouble or will die - so let's get that strawman out of the way straight-up - but Apple's leadership (unlike some others) is smart enough to know that what matters is not last year, this year, or even next year - what matters is five years from now. Once people get accustomed to relatively cheap, non-iOS devices with large screens, they won't be going back to a phone with a tiny (by comparison) display that costs twice as much.

So yes, those larger-screen iPhones are coming.

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RE[2]: Big screens?
by nej_simon on Sun 6th Apr 2014 08:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Big screens?"
nej_simon
Member since:
2011-02-11

Watching videos is going to suck even if the device is 5-6". I want my phone to be a nifty comuncation device, one that I can recieve an email on and easily write a reply without stoping what I was currently doing. The new generation of phones suck at that because they are to big and clumsy and requires the use of both hands.

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RE[3]: Big screens?
by ilovebeer on Sun 6th Apr 2014 20:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Big screens?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Whether you like it or not, cell phones aren't just communication devices any longer. Also, you can say that gaming sucks even on a 5-6" screen. But, there's no shortage of people wanting to play them at that screen size. I have zero desire to watch videos on my cell phone, yet everywhere I look peoples eyes are glued to their cell phones doing just that.

Like another user said, I don't want to need a backpack to carry my portable device(s). All I need my cell phone to do is make phone calls. Sadly, phone calls seem to be the least important aspect of a cell phone these days. And worse yet, the least wanted form of communication.

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RE[4]: Big screens?
by zima on Sat 12th Apr 2014 22:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Big screens?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Sadly, phone calls seem to be the least important aspect of a cell phone these days. And worse yet, the least wanted form of communication.

I wouldn't describe the present situation as "sadly" or "worse yet" - remember how obnoxious can be people talking loud on their phone in public, with total disregard to those around them?

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