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Apple kicked off the touchscreen smartphone revolution with the iPhone that originally featured a 3.5-inch screen. This was increased to 4-inch with the iPhone 5. However, the portability of the small screen has given way to a fetish for devices that no longer fit in the pocket.
Rumor has it that Apple will bump the screen of the iPhone up from 4-inch to 4.7-inch or possibly to 5.5-inch to compete with the large screen smartphones and phablets now available.
People want bigger screens, and Apple will I feel need to follow the herd and give people more display to interact with.
Better battery life
Apple has managed to keep the 3G talk time battery life of the iPhone at 10 hours for several generations, but once you start to make heavy use of the handset, the battery life plummets to a few hours.
At a time when there are handsets offering far better battery life, Apple needs to consider whether this is enough given that handsets such as the LG G2 can beat this by a couple of hours.
I'd like to see Apple add a couple of hours to the iPhone battery life to reduce that anxiety I feel when I see the indicator fall as I'm using it. Ideally, I'd like a situation where I could use the iPhone for a full working day and only have to charge it up during the evenings.
While the iPhone's screen isn't the most fragile around – some feel like they're made of cheese – Apple needs to get beyond the need for its devices to need screen protectors to prevent scratches.
If the rumor that Apple is planning to use sapphire displays is true, then screen scratches should be a thing of the past. And if Apple is going to make the display even bigger, then a stronger, tougher screen is even more important.