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Apple Co-Founder Wants the iPhone 5 to Come in Two Sizes

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak wishes the company would make the iPhone 5 available in two sizes.

For years Apple's iPhones have featured the same 3.5-inch screen. The iPhone 5 represents a small step forward with its 4-inch screen but retains the same width as its predecessors. However, after looking at smartphones that feature considerably larger screens, Steve Wozniak wishes the iPhone came in at least two sizes

"Here's where it bothers me. I walk into my phone stores: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and I see all these modern smartphones. Big, big, big, big, and there's the iPhone," he said during the First National Bank’s leadership summit. "If you compare the screen size right there in front of you, whether it means much or not, it may be fewer pixels, less information on the screen, but you get a feeling you're getting more with a larger screen."

Samsung seems to be implementing the exact strategy Wozniak discusses above; the firm recently confirmed a Galaxy S3 Mini, which accompanies the Galaxy S3 that features a 4.8-inch screen.

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    in_the_loop , October 12, 2012 9:00 AM
    This really was the big mistake apple made with the Iphone 5. T should have been sized to around 4.5 inches (like most Android handsets).
    Hardware like cpu and gpu doens't matter that much anymore, if anything, to most consumers.

    The only thing that really stands out as a dealbreaker is really the size of the screen itself.
    We all know how much easier it is to type on a bigger screen. And web-browsing is much better on a bigger device.
    So, Woz is spot on in this matter!
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    jerm1027 , October 12, 2012 10:10 AM
    I really hate Apple, always have, but I respect Wozniak. I have to say the guy is spot on.
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    in_the_loop , October 12, 2012 9:00 AM
    This really was the big mistake apple made with the Iphone 5. T should have been sized to around 4.5 inches (like most Android handsets).
    Hardware like cpu and gpu doens't matter that much anymore, if anything, to most consumers.

    The only thing that really stands out as a dealbreaker is really the size of the screen itself.
    We all know how much easier it is to type on a bigger screen. And web-browsing is much better on a bigger device.
    So, Woz is spot on in this matter!
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    icemunk , October 12, 2012 9:44 AM
    Yup, my boss got the Iphone 5 and I picked it up.. and it was just so tiny. Not my type of phone, that's for sure. It's great for women with smaller hands though.
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    assasin32 , October 12, 2012 10:04 AM
    I want a battery life that makes the phone usable for a change. I had to drop in a battery that had 2.7x capacity in my Incredible, stock battery didn't cut it. And I don't think any stock smartphone will cut it for me. I use my phone for everything except the part about it being a phone generally, to me it's a tool and I want to be able to use it whenever I need it and not have to worry about battery life. Just wish a company get that one right for a change.

    Don't need the slimmest thing on the market in fact make it slightly bulkier and in that extra bulk cram in a bigger battery, if they designed it with that in mind I don't see any reason why they can't increase battery life greatly while increasing bulk minimally.
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    jerm1027 , October 12, 2012 10:10 AM
    I really hate Apple, always have, but I respect Wozniak. I have to say the guy is spot on.
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    acadia11 , October 12, 2012 10:18 AM
    I think the big phones look awkward personally. My 3.5 in screen is plenty for what I do, occassionaly surf, I don't watch movies or really read books on it, sometimes I read a book but I actually have a kindle and my ipad for that sort of stuff. My phone is my emergency net connection device , it's not my main viewer.
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    jankeke , October 12, 2012 10:49 AM
    assasin32I want a battery life that makes the phone usable for a change. I had to drop in a battery that had 2.7x capacity in my Incredible, stock battery didn't cut it. And I don't think any stock smartphone will cut it for me. I use my phone for everything except the part about it being a phone generally, to me it's a tool and I want to be able to use it whenever I need it and not have to worry about battery life. Just wish a company get that one right for a change.Don't need the slimmest thing on the market in fact make it slightly bulkier and in that extra bulk cram in a bigger battery, if they designed it with that in mind I don't see any reason why they can't increase battery life greatly while increasing bulk minimally.


    I totally agree with you. More battery and less thin.
    If the phone keep getting slimmer they will be hard to pick up from a table. ^^

    BTW the Galaxy Note has a huge battery and the Note 2 (3100 Mah I think) even more so. You can easily use it heavily all day.
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 10:57 AM
    The iPhone is not bad kit, the screen increase is nice and the phone is still quite pocket-able for those that place stock in that. However, the SGS3's screen is like going to an all-you-can-eat buffet. It's gorg-e-ous. Maybe, that's what makes it so hard to put down. Maybe its the luster of that huge slab of GorillaGlass2. Maybe its the slickness of ICS doing its thing. Who knows. Sooner or later more iPeople are going to start noticing these things...and Apple will be trying to play catch up as they appear to be doing with their 7" MiniPad.
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    murzar , October 12, 2012 11:34 AM
    Such unhealthy journalistic bias towards Apple!

    There are thousands other tech companies coming out with actual innovative stuff!
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    cats_Paw , October 12, 2012 11:49 AM
    Yeah, but they dont have as much money as apple, and it dosent get ppl to write over in those articles as much as in apple ones :D .
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    tolham , October 12, 2012 12:38 PM
    "Steve Wozniak wishes the iPhone came in at least two sizes"

    if jobs were still alive, he would have slapped you. one product in 2 sizes is fragmentation. the iphone 5 is already fragmented by being bigger and having a different connector. adding another model of the same product but in a different size would be even more fragmentation. jobs is rolling in his grave.
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    southernshark , October 12, 2012 1:21 PM
    Wish I had my old 1980s Motorola phone, but with a screen on the front.
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    Hashwagon , October 12, 2012 1:34 PM
    I like the size of the iPhone device. The screen can grow as it is but don't make the whole thing bigger for a screen.
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    Anonymous , October 12, 2012 1:47 PM
    Yes Apple should make a big Fat Phone for the big and huge handed man, and they should call it the iWOZ. It should have pop-out gameing buttons on each end, an extra large battery, and a more powerfull cpu with a 6 core GPU!
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    colson79 , October 12, 2012 1:51 PM
    The one thing I don't like about the Galaxy S3 is the size of it. Sure it has a big screen but it is just to damn big for a phone. I actually think Apple made the right choice this time by keeping the size down.
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    tburns1 , October 12, 2012 1:59 PM
    jerm1027I really hate Apple, always have, but I respect Wozniak. I have to say the guy is spot on.

    Yeah, I must say that Steve Jobs was an arrogant ass, but the woz has always been kinda cool.
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 2:15 PM
    @colson If you look at it as a phone first and foremost, then you have a point. However, so many of us use these things as small computers that they just happen to be able to make and receive calls from. From that perspective the size is fine. I think they're still called phones for lack of a better alternative.
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    deadlockedworld , October 12, 2012 2:16 PM
    I disagree completely. Its a phone, it has to fit in my pocket - I dont want bigger. If I want more screen real estate I'll buy a tablet.

    Can't disagree with offering customers more choices though. Sales are certainly high enough to justify multiple models.
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    halcyon , October 12, 2012 2:30 PM
    deadlockedworldI disagree completely. Its a phone, it has to fit in my pocket - I dont want bigger. If I want more screen real estate I'll buy a tablet. Can't disagree with offering customers more choices though. Sales are certainly high enough to justify multiple models.

    That's what's great about Android. Choice.
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    bllue , October 12, 2012 2:30 PM
    How about they improve the batteries instead?
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