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Steve Wozniak: Apple should have made a bigger iPhone three years ago


Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed that he thinks the fruity firm missed the boat on sized-up smartphones.

Speaking to CNNMoney, Wozniak said: “Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger-screen iPhone for the past three years.”

Until this year, Apple’s largest handset measured in a 4-inches corner to corner – a paltry diameter compared to competitor flagships. The original iPhone rocked an even teenier 3.5-inch display.

Apple’s latest release backtracked on staunch phablet opposition however, with the iPhone 6 Plus touting a 5.5-inch screen.

Woz said Apple ‘could have competed better with Samsung’ had it made the sizing strategy switch earlier.

Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note back in 2011 at IFA Berlin, splitting critical opinion with its 5.3-inch display diameter.

Meanwhile Apple argued that its smartphones shipped with a small form factor to make sure that they would fit snugly in users’ hands.

Woz also talked through his thoughts on wearables, although he wasn’t too impressed with the current smartwatch fare on offer.

“I kept saying that I’d like to have a smartphone on my wrist, so I bought a few smartwatches when they first came out,” he said. “I got rid of them so quick. I got real negative on smartwatches.

He also called the Apple Watch ‘more distinctive’ than its competitors, saying “Who knows? It might sell well. There are a lot of wrists out there.”

Steve Wozniak worked with Steve Jobs on the original Apple I and Apple II computers back in the 70s, although he’s no longer directly involved with the company.

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November 11, 2014, 7:11 pm

Rectangles don't have a diameter.


November 11, 2014, 8:03 pm

"The method of measuring screen size by its diagonal was inherited from
the method used for the first generation of CRT television, when picture tubes with circular faces
were in common use. Being circular, only their diameter was needed to
describe their size. Since these circular tubes were used to display
rectangular images, the diagonal measurement of the rectangle was
equivalent to the diameter of the tube's face"


And that, I suppose, is why rectangles do indeed have diameters - well, at least in tv land.


November 11, 2014, 8:24 pm

Please re-read the first two paragraphs of that piece. Then when you're done, go and look up "diameter".

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