iPhone Plus: Would Apple Build A Phablet For The Money?
The times they really are a-changing and what once considered the norm has now been relegated to the backroom of designs gone by.
This is especially true when it comes to the fickle and ever-evolving mobile market which, as of this writing, is very much enamoured with the 5-inch plus phone-cum-tablet, the Phablet.
Looking back, it was Dell that introduced the first ever Phablet when the company released its Dell Streak 5 in June 2010, but it received a lukewarm welcome from the crowd. Too soon for its time? We’ll never know because Dell has stopped the production of the line.
Fast forward to 2013.
Leading the pack right now is Samsung, who introduced its own hybrid device (the original Galaxy Note) in October, 2011 and has since sold more than ten million (and counting) units as of August, 2012. Pretty impressive numbers indeed and with the introduction of the Note’s even bigger-screened sibling, the Galaxy Note 2 (what else?), Samsung has virtually cornered the niche market unchallenged.
So what is Samsung’s greatest rival, Apple, doing about this?
Since the firm from Cupertino hasn’t made any official announcements on its plans (nothing new there), we can only speculate on what’s going on inside our favourite fruit company.
Rumors about a large-screened iPhone Plus have been making the rounds and now Analyst Shaw Wu from Sterne Agee tells us that Apple would be losing money if it doesn’t heed the people’s clamor for a bigger-screened iPhone.
“We believe AAPL is leaving money on the table by not participating in larger touchscreen form factors,” Wu wrote in a note to investors. “But more importantly, we believe AAPL needs to reclaim high-end leadership as that is what brand is about. Sure, iOS, iTunes and the App Store are great, but it is clear that many customers want larger screens.”
Related to this, analyst Ben A. Reitzes of Barclays added that the demand and sales for the 5-inch-plus phablets would skyrocket from 27 million in 2012 to 230 million in 2015. He also said that by outing a high-end 5-inch iPhone Plus by the end of this year or early 2014, side by side with the rumored low-cost iPhone designed for emerging markets, Apple could effectively capture all buying segments of the mobile market.
In other words, more choices for us mere mortals and more money for Apple.
What do you think?
Would you buy a bigger iPhone Plus?