iPhone 6 concept

Two years ago, our iPhones were all 3.5-inch. It was a time when jumbo-sized handsets had started to steal Apple’s thunder as a bunch of people responded enthusiastically to bigger smartphones from the Android camp, namely, Samsung.

Our non-scientific poll asked you back in May 2012 whether the then-unreleased iPhone 5 should rock a bigger screen. More than four out of each ten respondents voted for a four-inch display being the new gold standard for iPhones going forward.

But a lot has happened in the past eighteen months. Fast forward to today and all of a sudden what seemed preposterous in 2012 is commonly accepted in 2014.

The line between a smartphone and a phablet is now blurred to the point where a lot of Apple fans have taken notice of these oversized handsets and are now demanding that Apple responds to the trend accordingly.

The rumor-mill is adamant that Tim Cook will further diversify Apple’s mobile product portfolio in 2014 by commissioning a 12.9-inch iPad alongside larger-screened iPhones. Taking it all in, what screen size the next iPhone should be, do you think?

Cast your vote below.


A few things…

In no way does an iPhone with a bigger screen exclude the current four-inch form factor.

If last year is anything to go by, Apple should give us bigger iPhones while continuing to sell the current four-inch iPhone 5s/5 at lower prices – last year’s $199 iPhone 5s becomes this year’s $99 iPhone 6c, the iPhone 5 gets slashed down to $0 with a contract.

iPhone 6 (Martin Hajek 011)
Mockup courtesy of Martin Hajek.

And yeah, I’m aware that adding a new iPhone resolution would put an added burden on app developers. But, don’t forget we’ve been through this transition before with the iPhone 5 – and quite successfully, might I add.

Apple has the most vibrant developer community on the planet and offers some pretty robust tools which make developing user interfaces with auto-adjusting layouts for multiple form factors as painless as humanly possible.

We know it’s doable – Apple’s done it before and will likely do it again at some point so it’s a non-issue to begin with.

Last but not least, keep in mind that a larger-screened iPhone would bring a few undeniable benefits to your mobile computing, starting with a bigger canvas for your media and apps. As a bonus, larger virtual keys would be Godsent for heavy typists and the most productive road warriors.

iPhone 6 (Martin Hajek 010)

You could even count on a longer-lasting battery due to extra space for internal components, something we’ve been all craving for

And how would you benefit from a bigger iPhone?

Don’t be shy: explain your position and do chime in with your thoughts. We’re down in the comments – should be fun!

  • votdfak

    Bigger, wider, screen. Everything from 4.7 to 5, even phablet, I am all in.

  • Ryan James Christensen

    Even though a 6 in screen would be cool, I think it’s a little too big. It would be uncomfortable and hard to program for. 4.7 or 5 inches would be perfect.

    • Jason Baroni

      I think Apple could develop their version of a “Note” device. For editing documents, get social and play games, an iPod touch with a 6 inches screen would fit me perfect. I don’t know how annoying is a 6 inches device as a phone.

      • Ryan James Christensen

        That’s true. It is only awkward as a phone. A 6 in iPod would be cool.

      • Jason Baroni

        My 54 years old Marketing teacher has an iPod touch 5G as a quick to check device for productivity – emails and web browsing only. She said that even though the 4″ inches screen is nice, the iPod could have a SIM Card for LTE, so never need to depend on WiFi connection to check her stuff.
        That would be a pocketable iPad mini but with this cellular connection and with a 6 inches creen it would help me a lot for quick draw productivity such as editing documents and taking notes.

  • jack

    There should be an option when you buy your “iOS Device” so you can pick the screen size (4, 4.5, 5, 7.9, 9.7, 12″) and a checkbox to include Phone hardware on sizes <7.9"

    • Frank Anthony

      You kidding? which company does that?

  • Tom

    Keep it like now.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    4.3″ is nice, my friend has an HTC desire 300 and its just beautiful, shame it runs android.

  • MacGuru16

    I’m fine with anything less than 6″, really. That’s a bit too much for me.

    I think I’d be seriously tempted to upgrade from my 5s, even though I already upgraded from the 5 to the 5s…

  • Kris

    a bigger iphone sounds pretty good IMO but 4.7 should be the limit and if they add quick reply option to the new software with a bigger screen and a boosted display. I’ll be the guy to wait outside in line with a tent to get it lol

  • Steve McGrath

    Just add a voice call option to the iPad mini. Keep current sizes as well.

    I don’t want smaller bezels, as I already have issue with inadvertent touches when holding the phone. If the screen will be bigger, add width, not height.

    For those of us with limited sight or awkward fingers, add the ability for the iPads to default to the iPhone UI settings.

  • Shadowlink

    You know what is amazing? That almost everyone flipped to hell when they were finding out that the iphone 5 was going to be 4″. They all said that it was going to be huge and that 3.5 was the perfect size. Now almost EVERYONE wants and even bigger iphone. So lesson is don’t be so loyal and married to ANY company and pretend like its perfect and can do no wrong and don’t hate on something you have never even tried or know nothing about.

  • chris125

    I think 4.5-4.7 would be fine. Just look at the moto x and see it wouldn’t have to be much larger to accommodate the larger screen

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    I strongly believe, as a developer, that if Apple increases the iPhone’s screen this year, it will be a size of 4.5″; 4.3″ or 4.7″ does not fall in with the other design language like the the jump from 3.5″ to 4″ was by .5″ so naturally, to make it easier on developers, this would make more sense than 4.7″. But again, that’s my opinion. I think we all agree that the 4″ screen was much appreciated, but a larger screen can definitely be utilized much more and be more appreciated this time around. We’ll see.

  • iPrc

    4.7-inch size is the best. although it won’t be happened.

  • HiGhGuY

    For me, the HTC One is the perfect sized device. So I’ll go with 4.7″ if its a “normal” screen. However, if they could (and do) make an edge to edge display, I’d say somewhere in the range of 5″ – 5.2″….. basically so it ends up being the same overall size as a device with a 4.7″ NON edge to edge display.

  • Chris

    Normal size

  • Hussain Alsanona

    I have an iPhone 5s it’s really fast and great. but I would love to see an iPhone 6 with 4.7″ display, because I don’t think apple will make Full HD; However, HD resultion 1280×720 will be impressive. IGZO technology in the display will be amazing and that means saving power, less reflection, much thinner, and better color. then, bigger battery and new some features and patents to save the battery life at least two days. I’m wondering when apple will uses its patents inits devices like liquid metal, OIS, curved display, wireless charging and tons of patents that apple has but we did not see. Better camera, not necessary more pixels but with more hardware improvement like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and more. and even the should make better FaceTime camera too. WaterProof iPhone Why not? Apple already has one patent. Sapphire glass on the iPhone means bey bey cracked screens, it’ll be much stronger than gorilla glass 3. speakers improvement with more louder and clearer speaker because of the more space that will get from making bigger iPhone. 3 or 4 GB of ram to get advantage of 64 RAM. less efficiency processor and co-processor A8-M8 and improve the gyroscope and other stuff because I have trouble in my iPhone 5s with the compass. Both of my roommates their iPhone 5s and my iPhone no one of the devices give same result. I need a whole new design and please With No physical Home Bottom. I’ll be grateful.

  • Jonas Bush

    Apple!
    They’re getting ready to make a new iPad which would bring them up to 3 different size iPad’s, and still just one size iPhone! Somehow it seems there turning into BlackBerry! Ignorant to the fact people wants choices, this is why it was so hard for them to make a deal in China, they really offered no choice,If BlackBerry had launch 3 different size screens at the same time, they would’ve been back in the game, all they would have to focus on was there app store! Apple is probably going to make the same mistake by offering a 4.7 inch screen, instead of attacking the market head on! with a 4-inch 4.7 and 5.7 inch screen size.
    And iOS 8 to run more than one app at the same time. On the iPhone 2 apps and on the iPad with its bigger real estate 4 apps.

    That’s my two cents for now.

  • blastingbigairs

    Image a 5″ iPhone with MovieBox playing a sick little movie. Sweet!!!!!

  • I am way sick of hearing about anymore rumors of screen size. I love my current 5S and it is perfect for me! Everyone is always worried about what Apple should make next, worry about what you have for once!

    (As iDB posts another 1000 articles on concepts and rumored sreeen size before the next Apple product drops)

  • Quinten Janssen

    all those concepts look gorgeous!

  • appl3h4ck3r

    I voted, but I would’ve voted if this was an option: I don’t care. Apple should stop making phones every 4-6 months, causing the released 4-6 months prior obselete. Doesn’t make sense to me. I like that option!

  • Lenny

    There is no true consensus on “What’s the perfect smartphone size”.

    SO, make a variety of phone sizes.

    Small: 4″ screen.
    Medium: 4.75″.
    Large: 5.5″.

    That would make nearly everybody happy, ‘cept the true ‘phablet’ freaks who wants phones so big (6+”) that they aren’t convenient/truly-portable/even really phones anymore.

  • rj

    4.3′ for normal users and 5′ for screen freaks

  • ShawVicDaas

    There is a reason to choose the 4.7″ screen size: Thick iPhone Bezels which house the Touch ID!So a 4.7″ iPhone would be taller than a compact Moto X.