Perhaps the biggest rumored news about the iPhone 6, due out tomorrow, is that there will be two versions, both of which will sport larger screens than the iPhone 5 -- one 4.7-inch and one 5.5 inch. Do you really need a smartphone with a screen that size?
No one really knows yet what will be announced tomorrow, but numerous sites are reporting that two new phones will have the larger screen sizes. The iPhone 5's screen is 4 inches, up from the previous incarnation's 3.5 inches.
Are screens that large really important? Given that people use their phones more for Web surfing, photos, maps and apps than they do for making phone calls, they seem to be. Just take a look at some of the most popular phones in the world. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch screen and the HTC One M8 has a 5-inch screen.
And IDC reports that phablets, with screen sizes between 5.5 inches and 7 inches are the fastest-growing segment of the market. It says that their share of the worldwide smartphone market will grow from 14.0% in 2014 to 32.2% in 2018. And mobile analytics performed by Netbiscuits found that in the second quarter of 2014, the size of mobile phones in every country it surveyed grew.
So do you need a smarphone with a 4.7-inch or 5.5 inch-screen? All indications are that yes, you do. Apple seems to have made the right decision is giving the iPhone 6 larger screens.