In a recent post on his Facebook page, influential business magnate Donald Trump claimed that he thinks Apple needs to increase the size of the iPhone display to be slightly larger than Galaxy devices. More so, the television personality claims that Tim Cook and company must do so quickly, before they lose a lot of business and, subsequently, yield market share to Samsung and other competitors.
I have a lot of @Apple stock— and I miss Steve Jobs. Tim Cook must immediately increase the size of the screen on the iPhone. It should be slightly larger than the Samsung screen- and they better get it right fast because they will lose a lot of business. I like the larger screen.
Trump, an Apple shareholder himself, quickly attracted a lot of reaction from his social network followers. One top-liked comment on his Facebook post claims that the iPhone is the proper size for a smartphone, since it needs to be compact and fit into your pocket or purse. Another comment that has garnered a number of likes is a woman who posted that her Galaxy S III is a much better handset than the iPhone.
Samsung is notorious for larger-than-life smartphones, having released the 5-inch Galaxy S4 and even larger 5.55-inch Galaxy Note II within the past year. But the arrival of an iPhone with a larger display does not appear likely in the foreseeable future, as Apple chief executive Tim Cook essentially ruled out the possibility during the company’s second quarter earnings conference call.
“My view continues to be that iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry,” said Cook. “We always strive to create the very best display for our customers. Some customers value large screen sizes. Others value other factors such as resolution, white balance, color, portability, clarity, compatibility with apps… Our competitors have made some significant trade offs in many areas in order to ship a larger display. We will not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade offs exist.”
The first five generations of the iPhone had a compact 3.5-inch screen, before Apple finally decided to go with the taller 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5. Compared to the competition, looking past Galaxy devices, that is still quite small. The HTC One has a 4.7-inch display, as does the Nexus 4, while the Lumia 920 and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD measure 4.5-inches and 4.7-inches respectively.
While the iPhone might have arguably the best smartphone display, in terms of technologies, how satisfied are you with the current 3.5-inch and 4-inch screen size offerings? Would you be in favor of a larger iPhone, or do you agree with Tim Cook’s viewpoint about the significant trade offs that would have to be made in several areas? Let us know what you think.