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This fall, Apple is rumored to unveil not one, but two new iPhones: one with a 4.7-inch display, and a larger 5.5-inch model. The move doesn’t really echo the company’s previous handset strategy, but it’s not hard to see why it would make sense.

When it comes to smartphone displays, big is in. According to a new report from Canalys, sales of smartphones with displays 5-inches or larger grew 369% last quarter, and they accounted for more than 1/3 of all smartphones sold worldwide…

Here’s a breakdown of smartphone sales by display size:

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And here’s an excerpt from Canalys’ report (via MacRumors):

This is still a market segment led by Samsung, but the trend is unmistakably toward larger-screen handsets at the high end of the market. […] Consumers now expect high-end devices to have large displays, and Apple’s absence in this market will clearly not last long. It is notable that 5″ and above displays featured on almost half (47%) of smart phones with an unlocked retail price of US$500 or more. Of the remaining 53% of high-end smart phones, 87% were iPhones. Apple plainly needs a larger-screen smart phone to remain competitive, and it will look to address this in the coming months.

Of course, Apple knows how popular smartphones with larger displays are right now. Internal slides from the company surfaced during the Samsung trial last month showing that they are aware of the trend, and looking for a way to respond to it.

Perhaps they’ve found it. The consensus is that Apple will release two new handsets this fall with larger, higher resolution displays  and other improvements. There’s no word on a launch date yet, but reports say we could see them as soon as August.

What’s your take on all of this? Will your next smartphone have a display larger than 5-inches?

  • Sachin

    No doubt we are gonna see record sales in iPhone 6 this fall.

    • Devils Advocate

      Not because of phone size but customer loyalty. Record sales is no big deal when they do it every year. It would be a big deal if they don’t make record sales which I think is more likely. 33% want a shity phone over 5 inches where 66% have common sense and buy a phone that is easy to use.

      • Rowan09

        I agree the iPhone always does record sales, but with this suppose to be new factor it should do very well.

      • Your Mother

        what’s easier to use on an iPhone that on an Android phone? I can name 10 things off the top of my head that are much easier and practical on an Android than an iPhone. your comments make you sound like the typical no-nothing fanboy that everybody hates.

  • אביאור רוקח

    4.7″ perfect screen size for smartphone

    • ticky13

      Exactly. Anything over five inches is too big. I need it to fit in my pocket and comfortably in my hand.

  • Rowan09

    Don’t care about being at or above 5″, it’s more about how it feels in my hand. I most likely will be getting the smaller of the iPhone 6.

    • 空白

      Absolutely, but I’m confused how I’ll be able to preorder. My contract ends September but what if they open preorders before I’m out? Furthermore, Idk if I wanna get locked in for another two years of Verizon. I’ve never had an issue with them other than it being so expensive. I’ve got 4 lines open and it’s almost $300.

      • Rowan09

        I left AT&T and just purchase the phone full price after selling my old one. I hate contracts and the fact that I use a lot of data means I can only go to T-mobile or Sprint for unlimited with a standard carrier.

      • Antzboogie

        Get T-Mobile bro. They are top notch and their family plans are great. They paid off my early termination fee as well.

      • Rowan09

        I had them but MetroPCS runs on the same network for $20 less so I went with them.

      • Antzboogie

        I’m not to sure about that buddy. I do speed tests all the time I hit over 25 Mbps and upload is mostly the same. Thats in a good area. Hope one day I can just have T-Mobile as my main internet for home. What is Metro PCS speed look like?

      • Rowan09

        The same. I had both so I was able to test it out and was actually surprise. AIO which is now Cricket owned by AT&T limits the up and down speeds at 8Mb so I went back to Metro. T-mobile bought Metro and finalized everything I believe last year or 2 years ago. You can use any t-mobile phone or unlocked GSM or Sprint phone with Metro.

      • 空白

        I want to. I really dig what they’re doing in the space. I should really think about it. If I switch T-Mobile is the only choice I’d make. I had them prepaid with an unlocked 3G. Couldn’t take Edge and that phone though, lol.

  • Anthony Antunez

    I’d like to see a chart with how many smartphones had displays larger than 4″. That would make it more relevant to the current iPhone screen size.

  • @dongiuj

    Bigger screen size, more sales. Probably explains the slowing down of tablet sales.

  • mondo

    i find it hard to believe that they counted every single smartphone sold in every country….

    • Rowan09

      They didn’t so these numbers aren’t perfect.

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    perhaps I’m the only one, but despite the popularity of larger devices, it seems Apple’s sales only improve year after year in spite of this trend. Why then would they dump the 4″ size altogether and not just add a larger device to the mix.

  • lrd555

    I’d rather be in the 66% of less than 5.5″

  • n0ahcruz3

    Expect tablet sales to continued decline. iPad air and ipad mini 2 came out and still ipad sales were flat. Sure people will argue that they dont need to upgrade tablets every year. But a lot of people are buying phablets in order for them not to buy a tablet.

    • Rowan09

      A lot do not own phablets and most people own at least 2 devices. A 5.5″ screen is nothing compared to 7″ or greater. A 5.5 inch screen in my opinion is big for a phone and way too small for a tablet. The 7.0 tab is even too small for tablet, so I don’t know why you believe people are using bigger phones to replace tablets. The tablet market is saturated and that’s what’s leading to flat sales besides having no need to upgrade every year. People don’t upgrade computers every year or even every 5 years. and a lot of people use tablets as their computers.

      • n0ahcruz3

        And people dont want to carry two devices. According to this article phablets has increased in market share tremendously. Have u been to asia?. Phablets are very popular there. When the note first unveiled people think it will flop because its too big for a phone and too small to be a tablet. But look at it now. Its became a hit and other companies are following including your beloved Apple.

      • Rowan09

        I understand but they own 2. The Note is not causing the iPad to have flat sales, no one would ever say that. Apple is doing what people want just like any other smart company would do. People want a bigger screen so they have to supply the demand. The Note 1 didn’t sell good, it wasn’t until the S3 came out that people started to pay attention to Samsung which is the most popular Android device.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Well u have to understand the BRIC countries. These are countries where owning two devices is not very common. They want a all in one device to save money. If you look at ipad market share right now its record low.

      • Rowan09

        The iPad was new and isn’t new anymore so sales will always be flat after a while. The iPad dominates the tablet space by far.

      • Antzboogie

        I would not ever use my Tablet as a Computer thats the dumbest statement. A Computer would take a Tablet straight to school.

      • Rowan09

        The Surface Pro is a tablet. Most people don’t use a computer or laptop for programming or doing anything technical, they use it for the web, typing documents (rarely), checking email, setting up reminders and appointments, etc.

      • Antzboogie

        You forgot a PC/Laptop can watch and stream movies, actually use the programs like iTunes, connect a massive amounts of electronics, etc. Plus how would you connect your iPhone to a Surface Pro? Lol, I have way more games on my PC than a tablet can handle. Also nothing feels better then a mouse when your using a computer. Theres a good portion of us that Love our Computers.

      • Rowan09

        I really never got into PC games but I play PS3/PS4 or Xbox 360 games instead. I agree tablets are not trying to be laptops (except Surface Pro),but laptops are now trying to be tablets.

      • Antzboogie

        Cool on a side note I Love both beasts XboxOne and PS4.

  • Your Mother

    so I guess people DO want those “Hummer sized phones”