Woz Says Apple Is 3 years Late To The Dance With iPhone 6

If you look over the most recent data from International Data Corporation (IDC), you'll see that Apple's share of the global smartphone market declined from 12.9 percent to 12 percent in the past year. Meanwhile, Samsung's stake is now almost twice that of Apple's at 23.8 percent. Granted, Samsung sells a lot more models than Apple does, but even so, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes the Cupertino company made a misstep by waiting this long to release a bigger size smartphone.

"Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger screen iPhone for the past three years," Wozniak told CNNMoney. "It could have competed better with Samsung."


That's easy to see in retrospect, though Apple should have come to the same conclusion much sooner than now. All it had to do was look at the competition -- high-end handsets in the Android camp have been boasting bigger size displays for several years now, and not just from Samsung. And as a result, Android is by far the most popular mobile OS on the planet.

Back in late 2011 and throughout much of 2012, Apple's top-end model was the iPhone 4S. It still touted a 3.5-inch display, the same as every previous model, while most Android handsets had already forged past 4 inches and climbing. And while the size of the original Galaxy Note was questioned early on, it didn't take long to discover that there existed a market for phablet devices.

To Apple's credit, it did finally bump up to 4 inches with the release of the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 6 series ups the ante even more with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch options. But as far as the Woz is concerned, it's just a shame it took Apple so long to see the light.