Where are they? Oh, that’s right. Apple killed the critics with all the sweet features stuffed into iOS 8, so other than no removable battery, or flip-out solar powered screen, there’s not much to complain about. So, let me help the critics.
How Many Screens?
If you just got back from crossing the Pacific ocean on your Water Wheeler, you can be excused for not knowing about Apple’s new love for larger iPhone screens.
Everyone who cares and most who don’t already know that Apple plans to flood the iPhone market with multiple screen sizes sometime this year.
The question of ‘Why?‘ is drop dead simple. Apple is playing catch up to a trend that started back when Samsung and Friends (not really friends) needed to differentiate their plastic Android-based smartphones from Apple’s hot-selling iPhones.
Hey. Plastic. And bigger screens.
Apple caught up to the plastic aficionados with the iPhone 5c, and the iPhone 6 will bring in larger screens because that’s what all the competition is doing, and they have so put the skids on Apple’s record setting sales and profits from every quarter since forever.
The real question isn’t if or even when the large screens appear. It’s a given. The real question is ‘How large is large?‘
Betting On Bambi
The good money on the streets is Apple has a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and a 5.5-inch iPhone model on the way. Alright, fair enough. 4.7-inch is a good size. The Hulk, members of WWE, and Korean girls all love larger screens, and there’s enough of them to sell plenty of 5.5-inch iPhones.
But what of Apple’s diminutive 4-inch iPhone? Will that be done away with? If not, will there then be three iPhone 6 models? What about a replacement for the hot-selling iPhone 5c? And what are the pixel dimensions of the new larger screen iPhones?
That’s where the prognosticators and technorati elite become docile, inappropriately quiet, and perhaps a little stupefied.
Why is the larger screen resolution an issue? Because Apple has locked itself into a screen size; first with the original 3.5-inch iPhone, then with the 4-inch iPhone, and nobody wants to see pixels the size of peanuts on even larger screened iPhones, so what’s the resolution?
Three words: Ultra Marine Plus. Just as Ajax laundry detergent was more powerful with Ultra Marine Plus (loosely translated as ‘better water more‘) Apple can fix this looming screen problem with multiple layers of pricing, lots of extra pixels, and a new name– Ultra Retina HD Plus. Or, something like that. Apple is better at that than me.
So, I look for a new iPhone 6 which is shaped and rounded like an iPad mini or iPad Air, but thinner, faster, lighter, et al. And priced $100 less than this year’s iPhone 5s. Yes. $100 less. $100 more gets you the iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch display. And yet another $100 gets you the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. The latter two will be justified because, well, you know. Big. And they’ll have Sapphire screens, Liquidmetal cases, and a year’s supply of Unobtanium.
Hey, it could happen.