New survey on screen size preference fuels smaller iPhone 6C rumors

piper jaffray smartphone screensize survey iphone 5c green
It’s clear that most people prefer a large and in charge smartphone. We have seen screen sizes getting larger and larger to the point that some of them are too big to fit in your pocket.

While most manufacturers pushed the envelope to 6-plus inches, Apple waited until last year to go over the 4-inch mark. Once Apple obliged, sales for the iPhone went through the roof. However, not all consumers prefer to hold something larger in their hand. Keep it in your pants folks — we are still talking about smartphones.

Related Offer: The iPhone SE. A big step for small.

Investment firm Piper Jaffray conducted a survey that showed 20.3 percent of consumers yearning for a phone with a 4-inch display, which is the same size as the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C (pictured above).

Now as much as there are some people who have great eyes and prefer the smaller display, the survey of 1,077 U.S. consumers proved that most people want more screen real estate, which isn’t surprising. 31.2 percent of respondents feel the iPhone 6S (4.7 inches) is the perfect size, while 27.2 percent prefer the larger iPhone 6S plus (5.5 inches). The remaining 21.2 percent wanted something other than 4, 4.7, or 5.5 inches.

While this data is fueling rumors that Apple might offer a smaller iPhone 6C to cater to the 20 percent, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster doesn’t think it would have a positive affect on sales. He believes that most of the 20 percent who claim they prefer the 4-inch size haven’t upgraded to a larger iPhone yet. Munster thinks they will move to the “dark side” once the jump is made.

I wholeheartedly agree with Munster on this. I remember when I would tote around my larger Android phone, iPhone users would constantly say that they have no interest in a larger phone. Once Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in late 2014, those same people magically loved the larger size.

With that said, smaller phones aren’t going away anytime soon. They service a niche, namely budget phones. The iPhone 6C might not set the world on fire, but according to Munster, it would be a lower-priced alternative for many consumers who want the Apple brand, but can’t shell out $600 plus for an iPhone. He believes an iPhone 6C could cost $450, which generally isn’t classified as “budget” by today’s standards, but it would be for Apple. The phone could launch next spring alongside a new Apple Watch.

Let us know in the comments what size you prefer — and yes, we are still talking about phones.

Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.
Mobile

On a budget? We found the best affordable smartphones you can buy

Here are the best cheap phones for anyone working with a tight budget, whether you're a fan of stock Android or marathon battery life. Find out what you can get for under $500 or far, far less as we round up the best budget smartphones.
Deals

The best iPhone deals for December 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for December 2018.
Mobile

Galaxy Watch vs. Apple Watch Series 4: Which one is the smartest?

The Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Apple Watch Series 4 are two of the best smartwatches available today. But which is better? We put the two watches head-to-head to find out which you should buy.
Gaming

Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 turns the Black Shark into a mini Switch

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has introduced the Gamepad 2.0 for its Black Shark gaming phone that launched earlier this year. The new gamepad is similar to the Switch Joy-Con, with one piece attaching to each side of the phone.
Mobile

Google makes it easy to donate to charity straight through the Play Store

As we head into the holiday season, Google announced a new feature on Google Play that makes it a little easier to donate to charity. Through the new page, you'll be able to choose from a range of charities to donate to.
Product Review

The Black Shark gaming phone takes a big bite out of your free time, but the software sinks it

The world is being treated to an ever-increasing number of high-powered gaming phones. With so many great options already out, is there room for another? The Black Shark thinks so. But is it any good? We find out.
Deals

REI clearance sale extends discounts on Garmin, Fitbit, and GoPro devices

Beyond the things you typically expect to find at REI — like tents, skis, and jackets — there are tons of great deals on quality tech foryour outdoor adventures. From smartwatches to action cameras, here are the best tech deals.
Wearables

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.
Mobile

Sprint’s 5G rollout: Everything you need to know

Sprint is building its next-gen 5G network in preparation for a 2019 rollout, but it's taking a decidedly different approach than some of its competitors, including Verizon and AT&T. Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

The Galaxy S10 may be announced before MWC, sell for up to $1,750

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Deals

Amazon slashes price of 2018 iPad to under $250 in time for Christmas

Whether you love Apple or prefer Android, this 2018 iPad 32GB tablet deal is rather tempting. If you're still on the hunt for gifts, then this deep discount from Amazon makes now an excellent time to pick one up.
Wearables

How to use the ECG app, set up irregular rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best smartwatch iPhone owners can own, and it just got even better with the addition of the ECG app and ability to identify irregular heart rhythms. Here's how to set it all up.
Home Theater

Common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.