Tel-Aviv, Israel - March, 15th 2011: Extreme macro image of an iPhone 4 back side, featuring Apple's logo and the phone's camera.With the recent unveiling of the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company revealed its much larger displays. In 2007, the original iPhone screen was 3.5 inches. In 2014, the sixth true generation phone boasts a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus’s screen measures 5.5 inches. For those craving a larger screen, this is an exciting day. For those who are content with the four-inch screen size of the iPhone 5s, this might be disappointing.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not just modifications made to a previous product; the new models can be perceived as an acknowledgement that the definition of the smartphone has evolved since its inception. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, its primary functions were phone calls, music, text messaging and email. This is because mobile data transfer rates were much too slow to use it for other purposes. There were very few apps at the time, and those that existed were mostly geared toward businesses.

At the time, the company emphasized standard tasks that could be accomplished with one hand, so the display size needed to be small. The company determined that the sweet spot for a display size was 3.5 inches. The competition at the time was the Palm Treo and the Blackberry, both of which had small screens.

Over time, mobile apps were developed, making it easier to check scores, flights, bank accounts and social media updates. Sharing videos or streaming television quickly became the norm on the morning commute. As a result, screen sizes have grown to the point where five inches is now considered to be mid-sized. In order to remain competitive and provide ideal functionality, Apple had to finally follow suit.

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