Bigger iPhone screens coming, reports Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal is breaking news and a story that the iPhone will be coming out with larger screens.   

from @WSJD (Wall Street Journal Digital)

Facing competition from rivals offering smartphones with bigger screens, Apple Inc.AAPL +0.85% is planning larger displays on a pair of iPhones due for release this year, people familiar with the situation said.

The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple’s largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5.

Apple’s plan to scrap the plastic casing for its new models comes amid reports from suppliers that the company is scaling back orders for the 5C because of weaker-than-expected demand. The 5C, which was released in September, carries much of the same hardware specifications as its predecessor, the iPhone 5, but with colorful plastic cases.

Analysts have cautioned about reading too much into initial demand for the 5C because early adopters were expected to choose the more expensive 5S model. Demand for the less expensive 5C was projected to pick up after the holiday shopping season.

Apple reports quarterly results Monday. Analysts expect iPhone shipments in the quarter through December to have increased more than 10% from a year earlier, boosted by strong demand for the iPhone 5S.

It’s a no brainer to have larger screens and some users would prefer that option.  As we migrate fast to this “mobile only” world where the mobile device is the only device then users want big screens.  One use case for me is that when I participate in a Crowdchat on the web it’s great with the browser, but on the Android and iPhone smaller screens it’s not robust at all.  Tablets have shown the way that users want all kinds of devices big fat small and thin.

The personal computing business is not dying it’s transforming.  Every connected device, from the Nest thermostat to the mobile phone, is a computer.  Some are very personal, with personalization being the core value proposition.   Personal computing is the new mega trend, except it never left.  The hardware is changing and software is eating up the world.   Software to deal with Big Data, the Internet of Things, cloud, and security is more critical than ever before.

The smartphone is the ultimate PC.  Apple is dominating the market but Android is gaining fast. Android phones are gaining great ground and many (including myself) think the PC vs Mac debate will emerge again.  The market uptake by Android in new markets are gaining majority share.   Pricing and new markets is giving Android a boost in volume while Apple owns the high end.

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About John Furrier

John Furrier is founder, co-CEO, and Editor-in-Chief of SiliconANGLE, a new media company covering the intersection of computer science and social science. Furrier is also the co-founder and CEO of CrowdChat a social media platform for large-scale group conversations over hashtags. In addition to SiliconANGLE John runs Broadband Developments a private incubator and investment firm for creating new startups. Furrier lives in Palo Alto, California with his wife and four children.