I have been a Plus owner since Apple first went big with the iPhone 6 Plus, and I haven’t looked back. There is no way I would return to the traditional size iPhone at this point. The bigger screen fits the way I use the phone perfectly, especially when I am in the field at work. Also, the fact that the bigger phone also comes with a bigger battery has meant I haven’t needed a Mophie battery case for the last three years. After my time as a Plus user, I am completely sold on the concept of the large-screen phone.
As an Apple fan, I’m always following whatever is going on with the company and its products, no matter what. However, as a writer, I have to at least attempt to step back from the fandom a bit and keep an open mind and focus on what needs to be covered, as opposed to just what I like or am particularly interested in. I bring this up because I’ve been covering what I will refer to right now as the iPhone Edition without being overly passionate about it. It’s the biggest Apple news right now, so I’m covering it often because of that.
Also, since I need to be able to review the most current accessories and any exclusive hardware and software features, I almost always get the latest Apple devices when they launch. Other than going with the Series 1 Apple Watch rather than the more advanced Series 2, I have pretty much stayed at the leading edge, including the new 12.9” iPad Pro that was released a few months ago. I have been assuming that I would continue on this course when the iPhone Edition is released. Not only will it be the new flagship, but it will have many features that are new to the iPhone, and one or two that may even be new to smartphones in general.
However, the image above says it all in regards to my slightest reservation. While the new features sound great, I am actually very happy with the size and functionality of the phone that I have. Other than the possibility of getting an iPad on iOS 11-like Dock on the new phone, none of the rumored features are absolutely can’t miss for me at this point. Cool, yes, but not things I am just dying to have. What has made me feel a little more conflicted about this recently as I have thought about it more is that upgrading to the iPhone Edition also means downgrading slightly when it comes to overall screen size. 0.35 inches may not seem like a big deal, but giving back any of that extra real estate will be an adjustment for me. If I had the option in an iOS device, I would go even bigger, not smaller.
All that said, it is unlikely that I will deviate from my usual course. The iPhone Edition will be the first iOS device to lose the Home Button and depart from the typical form factor we have known for ten years, and shake things up with new gestures and navigation. Despite the size downgrade, I don’t think I can do my job here nearly as effectively missing out on that. However, if the early rumors of an even bigger Plus version of the Edition for next year are true, I will be first in line to get one. 6.46” of iPhone screen sounds just about perfect to me.
What I am really interested in is what all of you who are iPhone Plus users think. Are you interested in the iPhone Edition? Are you seriously considering upgrading to one? If so, will the decrease in size be an issue, or not a big deal to you? Are there any of you who will stick with your current phone, or move to the new iPhone 8 Plus, instead? If so, are the size and form factor the reasons, or does the Edition’s likely high price have more to do with it?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Let me know in the Comments section below, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog. Oh and it’s T-Minus one week remaining until we all know what’s up, so all you Apple fans buckle up and enjoy. New toys are just around the corner!