Apple and the Apple fanboys have always mocked the competition's products for having "ridiculously" big displays. For five years in a row Apple claimed that 3.5 inches is the ideal size for a smartphone display, then it launched the iPhone 5 with a 4-inch display. Magically, the 3.5 inch was no longer the ideal size for displays, because the 4-inch display was "designed the right way: it’s bigger, but it’s the same width as iPhone 4S." Really?

You've all seen the new iPhone 5, which is basically a taller 4S with an improved processor and aluminium casing. Really, John Ivy? I wonder what you do with so much spare time. But we are not here to mock the iPhone 5 and its silly improvements introduced as major and revolutionary features. We are here to talk about Apple's plans in the smartphone segment and how they are starting to realize they have fallen behind their Android rivals.

In December Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote that Apple is testing several iPhone 6 prototypes with 4.8-inch displays and quad-core processors. These specs remind me of a Galaxy S3, but that's a whole different story. At that time we though that that can't be possible for Apple, a company that constantly said that their smartphones can be handled with just one hand.

But CNet informed on Thursday, quoting post by a Sina Tech user called Old Yao, saying that Apple is reportedly planning a 5-inch iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 spotted at a supplier is wider and longer than the iPhone 5. This sounds to me like Apple will "go large for large’s sake, you end up with a phone that feels oversize, awkward, and hard to use." This quote is from Apple's official website that ridicules the Android smartphones with big displays, saying that iPhone 5's 4-inch Retina Display that "it's just right."

Moreover, when HTC launched the Tegra 3-powered One X and Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S3 will come with the Exynos 4 Quad processor, all the Apple fanboys screamed in one voice "you don't need quad-core processors inside a smartphone." From now on they will love the quad-core processors, because Apple will "revolutionize them," and because Apple will tell them to.

Apple and its supporters have always bragged that the iOS is smooth, stable and it lacks fragmentation. While Android is becoming smoother and more stable than ever, Apple's iOS is starting to taste the fragmentation. The iPhone 5 is available on the market for almost 6 month now, and there are still a lot of apps that aren't optimized for the new 640 x 1,136 pixels resolution of the new terminal. What will happen when the iPhone 6 and it's 5-inch display hits the market?

If the iPhone 6 gets a 5-inch display, this will push the iOS fragmentation even further. Of course, Apple is capable of keeping its operating system's fragmentation to a lower level, because it only has to optimize it through a range of only 10 - 20 devices, in compassion with Android which is currently running on hundreds of device models. But as its products will evolve due company's attempts to catch up with the competition, the fragmentation in iOS will grow even more.

Let's be honest and face it: Apple is currently falling behind its rivals and the company's officials are aware of it. Most customers (even Apple's loyal fans) are casting glances at the 4.5+ inch displays of the competition, that's why Apple is trying to get them back with new iOS-powered smartphones with "oversized, awkward and hard to use" displays, because that's the standard and that's what the public wants. So, Apple are you admitting that all your marketing behind "one handed" smartphones was a huge lie?

Even Steve Wozniak, the charismatic Apple co-founder and close friend of Steve Jobs, said that Apple is starting to lose ground on the smartphone segment. Apple has stagnated, while its direct competitors are bringing better products on the market, with new features which can't be found inside Apple's products.

In an interview for a German publication, Woz said that "currently we [Apple] are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products."

Apple lovers always claim their beloved Apple was first in the smartphone marketplace. The Model T Ford was the first car but I'm sure not going to drive one. There are much better cars and much better phones!

The iPhone is NOT the best smartphone in the world and hasn't been for a while now. It's lacking so many things that other real smartphones have. Plus iOS has stagnated so much it's beyond belief! So dated and tacky visually! And you can't even change the visual look of iOS! Android offers so much more flexibility in all areas. The fact that you invent something doesn't mean that you magically stay ahead of competition forever. If your competitors have catch up with you and you don't do anything they will get ahead of you, no matter if you invented the game.

Apple has been too busy suing everyone for everything, and getting silly patents (shop layouts) and naturally the competition is getting ahead of them. They still do great phones, of course they do and so does Samsung, HTC, etc...

Apple has consistently failed to innovate in new releases of iPhone other than changing shape and adding features to keep it up to step with the rest of the market. There is no longer an 'wow' factor to the iPhone, and it's now why Android is getting a larger market share.

Do you think that Apple will launch a 5-inch smartphone? Is the Cupertino-based company falling behind the competition? Please let us know in the comments area below.

Tyler · 6 years ago

At this point, these are all rumors. Instead of sitting here and insulting Apple about how bad they're doing, why not give them the benifit of the doubt and wait till June? It's been 6 months since the iPhone 5 release, Apple has had plenty of time to work on something that is actually Revolutionary. Lets see what they show us in June. If they show us a 5S that is lacking in many features, than it is fair to state that Apple is truly falling behind in the smartphone market. We get your point! I've been seeing articles that look exactly identical to this one since September. There's no point in writing the same articles that have already been written and discussed about many times before. You should re-write this article in June after WWDC (most likely when next iPhone will be released). I'm pretty sure your going to change your opinion. The people working at Apple are extremely educated and talented in what they do. They're not idiots. They know what it takes to catch up to Android in their own unique way.

Have some faith!

caveman1313 · 6 years ago

ha, 5 inch? samsung has a prototype 6 inch S4

Gogito · 6 years ago

Most true post I ever read.Apple is falling behind the other competitors.GO Nokia,now samsung is the only stone in your way.

Kevin · 6 years ago

I think being a fanboy is sad. But so is being opposite, I have an iPhone 5 and a HTC one x plus from my employer. I love the big screen. But I will always prefer the apple ecosystem. I honestly think no phone since iPhone 3G is revolutionary, bigger screen, faster processors are standard. Apple do market standard things as revolutionary so does everyone else. That's business, only diff apple do it better. The guy who wrote this can hate all he wants but APPLE REVOLUTIONED THE SMART, to the point everything else can honestly be called iPhone like. The diff between ios and android are too small for one to be king. I just prefer the ecosystem. Talk about fragmentation all you want, if I buy ANY popular app on ios I can be 100 it's gonna be compatible.

Don't like iPhone simple don't buy
Don't like android simple don't buy

houzemuzik · 6 years ago

Kevin you have NO idea what you're talking about. Apple has fallen behind big time!

Ex: iPhone 5 which came out not too long ago still doesn't have NFC for example which is on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus which has been out since 2011!
Bigger screens is another example. Android OS is also ALOT more advanced with what you can do with it (iOS is very restrictive).

"Everything can be called iPhone like"??? Maybe in the past but not now!
Have a look at what Samsung has been doing in the way of innovation!!!

Apple has so many restrictions on it's devices. It's as if they want to tell you what you can and can't do with YOUR OWN phone!
They even sunk so low as to change the screws!

All they want to do is sue others and control their customers when it comes to the use of their devices. If they focused that time and attention towards innovation they'd be much further ahead in the game!

Everyone keeps looking for design improvements with Apple time and time again and they keep getting disappointed. Even their iOS keeps getting released with flaws. iOS came out and many users lost their wi-fi (it was either grayed out so they could not turn it on or it just would not connect), or they lost their bluetooth. Apple maps was an epic fail! How can a giant like Apple release such flawed software? iOS 6 even had users face problems with their music:

And greed!!! Let's not start.
I guess they don't make enough from their devices, iTunes store and also licensing agreements, but they're so petty they even put a chip in their iPhone 5 charging cables to stop 3rd party manufacturers from making a buck!

J.R. · 6 years ago

Okay. I've had just about every flagship android device since the Nexus One and Galaxy S. I loved them all. I've had windows phones, blackberries, iOS devices. I really have no preference anymore. NFC is currently a gimmick to sell phones. I knew maybe two people that had compatible phones to "beam" to. Aside from google wallet, it's a gimmick. All smartphones are great in their own ways and not one is perfect. I currently have the iPhone 5 and I'm happy with it but won't be waiting in line for 12 hours to get the next one. Android is awesome but definitely has some flaws. The hardware needed to give you a lag free experience on even jellybean 4.2 will leave you running for your charger. And the incompatible apps was a headache. But still I love where android is going and I think with 5.0 key lime pie they may have a winner. What sucks about that? Over half the Androids on the market will never see the update due to carriers and manufacturers. iOS products all get the same update as well as all windows phones and blackberries. As much as I love the droid they need a uniform update to stay ahead. It's the hardware that gets android recognition now not the software. But at the least, any phone is the preference of the user. Some just take it much to personal.

adam · 6 years ago

A quick disclaimer: I am an Android convert, coming from the iPhone 5. I love it, but I am also not blind to the fact that iOS still does many things better than Android. Both server their own purposes.

When people refer to Android fragmentation, they are referring to the fact that less than 20% of all Android phones in existence are on the latest software because of carriers taking their sweet time in releasing it. I had to root my Galaxy S3 just to get it on 4.2, which has been out on the Nexus line for several months. That is the fragmentation, and on iOS, you don't have to worry about that.

I love Android, but they need to get that problem solved. Samsung makes its users suffer so they can crapify their version of Android past the point of recognition.

sgs3 · 6 years ago

What does matter to you what apple says or does? I'm happy with my sgs3 and nexus7. Do you drive around in your car ranting about other car models?


JQ · 6 years ago

I agree with what your view. The rotten apple is so busy suing and the most recent patent for the Slide to Unlock feature make me wonder what kind of innovation it has that it can be awarded.I forsee more patent wars coming the recent Slide to Unlock patterns.

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