Do you have a favorite iPhone model? For many of us it’s the large screen iPhone 7 Plus (or, previous iterations of the 5.5-inch display). What I miss about previous iPhone models was the ability to stuff the iPhone into my butt pocket without worrying whether or not it will bend.
Depending upon which day of the week you read which rumors about the next iPhone SE, Apple may not have given up entirely on the smallest remaining iPhone model. 4-inches? That’s positively diminutive among smartphones these days.
Small Is Beautiful
My husband does not care for large iPhones. He even uses an iPad mini when he’s not on his MacBook. Small is beautiful. Occasionally I have the pleasure of using his iPhone SE for a few moments and I have to admit that I love the feel in my hands and how it works. Photos are not easily distinguishable from my iPhone 7 Plus. Speed feels the same, despite older technology in the SE.
My iPhone 7 Plus also has a silicon case to protect it from the elements and dropsies. My husband’s iPhone SE doesn’t have a case and does not feel as if it even needs one. It slides into and out of the pocket as if the two were made for each other. Silicon cases don’t do that.
It’s nearly 18 months since the iPhone SE was introduced and rumor has that a new one is due any day now. Or, any day sometime next year. That’s how rumors work. I’ve also read that iPhone SE is popular in India where a fully loaded high end smartphone from Samsung or Apple could be the equivalent of a year’s salary. It’s easy to see why Apple devices are popular. It’s about the only aspirational brand out there.
One trend that has me excited for future iPhones is the ability to make the iPhone smaller while expanding the screen size. That’s kind of a Dr. Who and T.A.R.D.I.S deal but it’s true. For example, Samsung’s gargantuan Galaxy S8 Plus has a 5.8-inch display but in a case that is about the same size as Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
How is that possible?
Samsung removed most of the bezel on the screen– left and right– and cut down the chin and forehead so the front of the Galaxy S8 is mostly screen. Apple is expected to do the same with iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro or whatever they call it later this year. Smaller case. Larger screen.
The handwriting, as they say, is on the wall. Fewer and fewer people have small screen iPhones or small screen smartphones. With edge-to-edge display technology and a reduced or eliminated side and top bezel, the iPhone 7s with a 4.7-inch display would be about the same size as the iPhone SE.
In an age where everything gets bigger, I think I could live with that.