Just in the early hours of September 13, Apple announced the official launch of three new iPhones, and the three new models show that we may be saying goodbye to the small screen iPhone. Even if there is no official farewell, I believe it is not far away.
Apple's three new iPhones are the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, the 6.1-inch iPhone XR, and the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. Suddenly, the iPhone X, the largest in size last year, became the smallest option this year. Coupled with the fact that Apple has removed the 4-inch screen of the iPhone SE from the official website, it is almost equivalent to shutting down its production. So, all this means one thing: Apple is giving up the small screen iPhone, and it won't be there anymore.
Perhaps we could have a bigger range, and the entire smartphone industry, whether it's the iOS or the Android camp, will probably no longer have smaller smartphone options in the future. For many long-term preference for small size phones, or the hands themselves are relatively small people, should feel extremely disappointed, because now there are already a lot of friends on the Internet to express their feelings.
Back to the beginning, big-screen phones were not seen at first. As early as the 2011 Samsung Galaxy Note debut, this smart phone with a 5.3-inch display has been criticized, and people think that this device that can block the face has no future. However, Samsung is still marketing hard, especially for specific professional users. Samsung told them that the S-Pen provided by this device will further increase the productivity by being inserted into the body.
At that time, many people thought that the Galaxy Note was a niche product, and there should be no sales. At most, it would serve a small number of specific users who love to write and draw. However, after that, all the phones suddenly seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. In those days, mainstream manufacturers followed suit with the same strategy. For example, HTC released a 5.9-inch HTC One Max that was almost impossible to master, and Nokia also introduced the 6-inch Lumia 1520.
With more and more "megascreen" mobile phones coming out, things have become uncontrollable, so that new words that describe such devices, such as "cross-border devices" or "tablet phones", have emerged in those years. These new words are just to distinguish these large screen phones from ordinary phones. But later, the boundaries between tablets and smartphones have become more blurred, and the trend of tablet PCs has gradually subsided. On the contrary, large-screen phones are becoming more and more popular.
As the size of the display becomes larger, the technology of the display panel is also improving, the resolution is getting higher and higher, the color is more and more accurate, the color is more and more bright, the wide color range, the high pixel density screen becomes very common. Not only that, the corresponding streaming media services also began to increase, to meet the needs of large screen users of mobile multimedia. Arguably, the trend toward large screens is irreversible, with leading research firm IDC predicting that by 2021 global shipments of phones with 5.5-inch screens or larger screens will reach 1 billion. In 2019 shipments will exceed 5.5 inches.
Of course, not everyone likes big-screen smartphones. They don't like the need to have two hands to quickly reply to a message, and think that older and older devices can easily fall out of their pockets. . We can even see that there is a kind of accessory that sells very hot. Many users who use the big screen will buy this accessory to help hold the phone and fix it in the hand to avoid falling easily. This accessory is the ring bracket.
Is there a new smartphone with a small screen now? There are still some, such as Sony's Xperia XZ2 Compact, but the optional new one is really a handful. If you are an iOS user, you will definitely not consider the small screen mobile phone of the Android camp. Those who still insist on the iPhone SE, they expect a year of iPhone SE 2 did not appear, the current hope that the model is updated is very embarrassing, because Apple's enthusiasm for the "big screen" has been difficult to suppress, this year also Dedicated to "the largest display to date" as the main selling point of the iPhone Xs Max.
Telling the truth, the player who pursues the small-screen iPhone, even without the 4-inch iPhone SE II, is not willing to accept the 4.7-inch iPhone 8, because they want the small-screen iPhone to be a new machine, and the hardware specifications are upgraded to the latest and strongest. Not just a cheaper but gradual product. To put it simply, small-screen mobile phone enthusiasts have a "small steel gun" plot, they are pursuing one hand and want a big horse-drawn car. Maybe the small screen machine can't enter the multi-cylinder engine because of the limited space, but for the performance explosion, even if the fuselage becomes very thick, they are willing to accept it.
So why did the early Apples not follow the revolution of big-screen phones? I believe that many machine friends have come up with the answer to the standard, because Steve Jobs insists that the 3.5-inch screen is the most ideal gold size. So until the introduction of the 4-inch iPhone 5, Apple continued to promote the use of only the thumb to control, claiming that the iPhone 5 maintains the same grip as the iPhone 4S. Considering that there are many Bishops in Joe, there are quite a few fruit powders that he defended in the past, but there are also machine friends who have long been dissatisfied with Apple’s slightly guilty rhetoric.
In 2015, the third year that Job was in charge of Apple after Steve Jobs left, the size of the iPhone screen that was no longer in the rebellious era finally got bigger, and the iPhone 6 Plus generation was as hot as mad, resulting in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sleeves. The appearance of the baby continued for four generations, and it was not until the advent of the iPhone X last year. This year, the iPhone has once again become bigger, and Apple wants to lead the trend of large-screen full-screen phones, so the 6.5-inch screen of the iPhone XS Max has surpassed the flagship of the Note series that Samsung is proud of. Just a 0.02-inch Galaxy Note 9 is a lot of 0.1 inches.
The history of the iPhone screen getting bigger is like this:-initial 3.5-inch iPhone in 2007-4.0-inch iPhone 5 in 2012-4.7-inch iPhone 6 in 2014-5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus in 2014-5.8-inch iPhone X in 2017-6.1-inch iPhone XR in 2018
-6.5-inch iPhone XS Max in 2018
For now, you can still buy the new 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 at a more affordable price, perhaps next year. However, with the retirement of the iPhone SE, the small screen seems to be a history in the iPhone product line, just as Apple still decided to cut off the iconic HOME button. Because iPhone SE has been hailed as a tool for the cheaper beauty of Apple to conquer larger markets, especially in China and India, the results of this machine are far less than expected.
Of course, maybe there will be a new iPhone SE 2 next year, but its screen may not be four inches in size anymore, but a full-scale screen phone with a grooving "bangs" to fit into the ID. Like the iPhone Xs Max, which is about the size of the iPhone 8 Plus, it naturally gets bigger as the screen ratio increases. By then, although the machine is still enough to please small screen iPhone enthusiasts, but the price is certainly not the original.
In any case, with the advent of the new iPhone of the 2018 generation, especially in the case of insisting on the biggest display in the history of the iPhone, the small-screen iPhone seems to be coming to an end. Even if it is not now, I believe it should not be far away. The 4-inch iPhone, goodbye!