Six months in, the iPhone 6 Plus is the best computer I’ve ever had By Dan Frommer for Quartz:
“At first, it was a bit jarring. After a month, I called it “luxuriously comfortable.” Now it’s just normal. I don’t think I’d like to go back to a smaller iPhone. Until the 6 and 6 Plus, Apple was simply wrong about big phones, and it’s smart that the company has changed course. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have both been huge hits.”
The fact that these larger phones have been successful isn’t quite proof that larger phones are more in line with user preference. Each new release of the iPhone has been successful, and that the latest phones are also larger could well be coincidence. They have more power, better battery life, and better displays and cameras than their predecessor; no one can dispute those advancements and the effect they’ve had on sales.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus though are the first of Apple’s devices that will be competing with another Apple device designed expressly to chip away at the value of a phone. Apple isn’t positioning the Watch this way; it would be foolish for them to do so in such early days. But the chorus from those who have spent hands-on time with the Watch is that it cuts directly into the amount of attention the phone gets. Apple understands that something always unseats their products, and they have a history of making sure it’s made by them and not their competitiors.
Frommer concludes his piece by saying he’ll appreciate the convenience of having a larger phone to turn to when the Apple Watch isn’t sufficient. While the phone needs to be around for those times, it’s truly necessary function is to provide connectivity to the Watch. There are other devices besides a phone though that can step in in those moments. Macs and iPads dwarf the iPhone in their utility for tasks requiring large displays and more compute power, and they’re often times more convenient than a phone as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see users of the Watch opt for a smaller phone. One that fulfills its duties to the Watch but otherwise becomes a fallback device while the user is out of reach of a more traditional computer.