Steve Wozniak has not been directly involved with Apple in many years, but he did co-found the company along with Steve Jobs. So when he criticizes Apple, people tend to pay attention.
“Part of me wishes that Apple had not been so kind of arrogant and feeling we’re the only one with the right clue. I wish they had made a small and a large version of the iPhone — that would have been great for me. Keep the aspect ratio the same, horizontal and vertical the same, but just grow it in the other way.
“I think Apple tricked itself and said ‘oh, you could reach everything with one thumb’, and I don’t see anybody having any trouble using the larger screens. Apple said that as a defensive move because when the other phones came out they all had larger screens. Apple is now trying to run with that defense, saying ‘we are right’, and really there’s a mix of people. Not all people want the same thing, and a lot of people really like the big screens.”
In an interview last week with SlashGear, the Apple co-founder said:
I saw for the last few years one small screen in the midst of a lot of large screens and felt myself, as countless others must have, that the larger screens had more value.
The iPhone 5 has a larger display than any of its predecessors, moving from 3.5 inches to 4 inches. But the change was made by lengthening the display, not widening it.
Wozniak is not the only one to say Apple should have gone farther in increasing its smartphone’s screen size, especially as the device has to compete against Android-based models like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which has a 4.8-inch display.
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