With all of their recent 'innovation' people just don't give a damn about them other than as a perverse status symbol. Most of their consumer products are just old, tired and really showing their age now. Adding a few rows of pixels to the 4S and calling it the 5 just shows how deep this lack of effort runs.
Hell, the 5 STILL doesn't have a 16:9 screen (check out the actual numbers, not the apple provided hype PR), and just look at how long its taken them to release a sub 9.8" tablet even after people demanding one from them for years.
They do need a larger option for those who want it so they can stop complaining, the current 5 size, a 3.1" "mini", AND a cheap plastic version 4". Cover all bases.
One thing that makes Apple stick out from the other manufactures is that when you buy a phone you expect it to last 2 years. I switched to apple for this reason. Producing cheaper, plastic, phones would just hurt this image that they created. Not only that but hurt the resale value of the Apple phone. Secondly yes Apple did need to make a larger phone, but that being said I'm glad they kept the dimensions in check. Phone sizes and PDA like phones are fads they come they go. I remember in 2006 it was all about the large PDA type phones, then it when to the smaller sleeker phones like the Motorola Razor, and now we are inching back toward that PDA size phone again. What made apple so big is they produced something that fit the general public that everyone wanted so with it came a high price tag. And before people start yelling Apple fan boy I use a PC for everything, I had many Android phones but got fed up with phones only lasting 6 months to a year before they fell apart, or were no longer receiving updates. I owned windows phones prior to the windows 8 phones. Just an observation of what made them big. Steve Jobs was no big inventor, he was a huge marketer and he was good at it. Apple would be wise to keep an objective eye and not get distracted by shiny objects.
Honestly, as much as i am for variety, I think Apple should stick to what they do best. It seems most people love the iPhone for what it has and doesn't have.
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