iOS 7 is in the hands of a few hundred million iPhone and iPad users worldwide, and the iPhone 5S and 5C appear to be big hits with the Apple faithful, the discount-minded smartphone customer, and early adopters.
Apple appears to have spread the iPhone line to wrap around a larger swath of customers (price sensitive), and added a much-needed and easier to use security feature (Touch ID). Iteration will continue at Apple as iOS 7 is refined, and the iPad line gets some 64-bit love as well as a high end version and a lower priced version (speculation on my part that Apple will do to the iPad line what it did to the iPhone line).
Alright, that was then and this is now. What’s next?
iPhone 6, anyone?
Apple has a good history of disrupting industries or product segments, and then going into iterative improvement mode for a few years as it polishes the original creation. In iterative mode, Apple is sometimes a follower, and I suspect that at least one model of iPhone 6 will be a large screen copycat device.
Look around. Large screened smartphones, while not the norm (they just don’t fit into the pocket very well), are becoming increasingly popular and visible among the great unwashed masses of non-Apple smartphone users.
In other words, things change, and larger screen smartphones are a natural extension of progression, and Apple must meet those changing tastes or risk being relegated to the pile of stubborn manufacturers who failed to acknowledge long lasting trends (Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, BlackBerry, et al).
So, what’s coming from Apple? iPhone 6, and with it a larger screen iPhone. Yes, that’s a bold prediction, but I’m not alone on this limb. From what I can see the larger screen smartphones have far more female owners than males. For those of us of the female persuasion, yes, size matters. We’re better equipped than most men to carry a larger screen thanks to bags and purses (while a smaller percentage of men are equipped with baggy pants with big pockets).
Here’s what I want in iPhone 6.
A 64-bit CPU is probably a foregone conclusion among components, but the larger form factor is tops on the list. A 5-inch screen is probably the right size, regardless of the resolution Apple employs (some derivative of a Retina-level pixels-per-inch resolution) to get there. Apple cannot simply plunk a smartphone radio chipset into an iPad mini and call it a day (though, that might sell more than expected). While we’re at it, what’s preventing Apple from doing the obvious. More RAM. More storage. The iPhone 5 tops out at a mere gigabyte of RAM while the 64-bit CPU inside can handle much more. Worse, Apple gouges customers with storage prices that must engage the famed Reality Distortion Field to be believed.
An iPhone 5C starts life with 16GB but it costs another $100 for an additional 16GB while nothing else inside has changed. The iPhone 5S is further differentiated with a 64-BG model that’s a full $200 more than the base 16GB model. Only Apple can get away with that line of pricing.
Bigger screen. More RAM. More storage at lower prices. It’s what I want in an iPhone 6 and Apple can afford it. I’ve done my part to help make the company the most profitable on the planet. It’s time for Apple to show the faithful a little love.