Although lots of Apple fans await with excitement and enthusiasms the launch of the new iPhone 6, the Apple executives and shareholders are quite anxious. There are experts who claim that these anxieties have a solid ground. Thus, the electronics company postponed the launch of the phablet version of the item for feat it might affect in a negative way the iPad purchases.
The iPhone 6 is expected to hit the market towards the end of September. The new smart phones having dimensions of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches have been probably created in order to rival the Android smartphones which are getting larger and larger every year. Mark Spoonauer, the chief editor of Laptop Mag says that customers display a growing appetite for larger screen telephones. The bigger screen will also permit Apple to equip its phones with a more powerful battery since many customers have complained about the rapidity with which the iPhone 5 loses its battery power.
Steve Jobs, the regretted CEO of the company, was not a fan of larger phones. During a 2010 conference he said that people would not want a phone that was bigger than their palms. However, according to the data offered by Canalys, the smartphones having five inches display are very popular among users, representing about one-third of the mobile phone market. More than 297 million smart phones were sold during the first quarter of the year. This figure represents a rise with 29% in comparison with last year’s sales. At the same time the sales of phone having screens equal to 5 inches and even bigger, have risen with 369%. Canalys has drawn the conclusion that the trend is definitely directed towards smart phones characterized by big screens.
Where does this Apple delay come from? Neil Mawston, employee of Strategy Analytics says that a 5.5 inches iPhone would definitely determine clients to think twice before spending their money on an iPad Mini. Thus, the bigger iPhones might determine users to require tables with larger screens. Innovation will have to be brought to the tablet category in order to make a difference between them and over-sized smart mobile phones.
Spoonauer also claims that a bigger iPhone might cause damages to the original size of the iPads. In order to support his claims he gives the example of phablets slowing down the sales of usual tablets. International Data Corporation has diminished the number of tablet units it has forecasted to sale. Thus, the figure lowered from 261 million to 245.4 million units. At the same time Apple’s tablets sales decreased with 16% in comparison with last year’s sales. It is true that people do not throw away their tablets as soon as they get them but this is not the real cause of the decrease in tablet sales. In the first quarter of the current year, the market share of super-sized smart telephones has almost doubled. More than thirty million units were sold during this period.
Brian Colello analyst working for Morningstar says that the smart phones having large screens have definitely determined a decrease in tablet demands. He also claims that the launch of a larger iPhone than the current one might determine an even bigger drop in tablet sales. For a long time Apple centered on creating a phone that could fit the users hand without taking into consideration the clients’ demand for large screens like the ones created by Samsung.
Not everybody cheers up at the sight of a large phone screen. There are even people who claim that the fanny packs will be back pretty soon. Andrew Seybold, free-lance consultant in the domain of wireless technology, considers it quite ironic the fact that for so many years phone companies have worked really hard to create smaller and slimmer devices to fit the pockets. Nonetheless he acknowledges that the arrival of over-sized smart phone was impossible to avoid. Apple did not want to create such huge phones but was left without an option due to the success gained by its eternal rival, Samsung.
Jeff Kagan, consultant in the technological domain says that the ultimate mobile gadget would reunite the features of a tablet and a smart phone. However, none of the electronics companies extant on the market has managed to create such a gadget so far.