Steve Jobs Would Hate The iPhone 6 Plus Screen Size

The iPhone 6 preorder may have sold out, but there’s a good chance that Steve Jobs would not have been a big fan of the iPhone 6 Plus screen size, were he still alive.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, it may sound odd but Steve Jobs did not let his own kids use an iPhone and iPad in their own home. While the kids might have complained, it turns out Jobs was probably just being a good parent.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a relatively massive screen size of 5.5 inches, making it the biggest new iPhone product released by Apple yet. The iPhone 6 Plus was largely a response to competitors like Samsung, whose Galaxy S5 screen size is already in that range, never mind the even larger phablet screen sizes with the Galaxy Note 4 (at 5.7 inches) or the Galaxy Mega, which clocks in at 6.3 inches.

To put this all in perspective, Steve Jobs’ iPhone design initially called for a 3.5 inch screen size that literally seems tiny in comparison to what smartphone users are used to nowadays. The iPhone 4 infamously had an issue with the antenna, where calls could be dropped when the iPhone 4 was held the wrong way, thus blocking reception.

When Jobs was asked why Apple simply didn’t increase the iPhone screen size, and thus the potential size of the internal antenna, Jobs responded in 2010 that no one would buy such an iPhone since “you can’t get your hand around it.” Samsung even made fun of this fact by releasing an ad saying, “No one is going to buy a big phone. Guess who surprised themselves and changed their minds.”

Of course, to put this history in perspective, the original iPhone screen size was actually very large for the time frame. Nokia phones were fairly popular at the time, and most phones tended to be either a candy bar shape or a clamshell shape, which really did not give an optimal experience for using apps or playing games. Companies like Samsung may have beat the iPhone 6 Plus screen size to the punch years ago, but it can’t be denied that Steve Jobs’ vision of the smartphone dramatically changed the entire industry.

Do you think the iPhone 6 screen size is too big? At what point do you consider the size of a smartphone to be ridiculously large?

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