'Arrogant' Apple should have made larger screen iPhone - Woz

Wozniak with Kim Dotcom during his recent Auckland visit

Apple recently released the 4-inch display iPhone 5.

The company told NBR a key aim was to keep the handset "thumbable" - that, is all parts of the touchscreen reachable when the iPhone is used in one hand. Giant Androids like the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III were deemed unthumbable.

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak told South African podcast TalkCentral he thought that was the wrong approach.

“Part of me wishes that Apple had not be so, kind of arrogant and feeling ‘We’re the only one with the right clue’ and I wish they had made a small and a large version of the iPhone. It would have been great for me,” Mr Wozniak said.

“I think Apple tricked itself and said, ‘Oh, you can reach everything with one thumb’, and I don’t see anyone having trouble using the larger screens Apple said that as a defensive move because when the other phones came out they all had larger screens. Not all people want the same thing and a lot of people really want the big screens.”

Meanwhile, Samsung has announced a smaller, 4-inch version of its Galaxy S III. 

A spokeswoman for Samsung NZ told NBR there was no local release date for the new handset at this point.

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As much as I admore Woz for his PAST contributions to computing. He seems to make a lot of noise and do very little. I agree that Apple are arrogant and that bigger screen on the iphoine would be nice. But at the end of the day I just don't care what some ageing has been has to say


Hi. You may not care what he had to say, but you agreed with him. He is wealthy enough already and I can appreciate that he wants to let the younger guys lead while he retires in luxury. As I understand, he was interviewed and he simply gave his opinion to their questions. What's wrong with that?


I for one love my "thumable" iPhone 5 screen and am very happy with the phone.


Woz seems to get a lot of press, now that Jobs is out of the picture


I too seem to enjoy my thumable i5 and it works a treat.. I think Apple got this one spot on.


so what demograps are buying Apple and Samsung


Apple is the standard from which all other smartphones are judged.


you have been indoctrinated to think that very effectively


Dudes, screen size is where it is at ......... 4 inches just doesnt cut it. Let all these iphone lovers have a crack on your S3, and watch how quickly they become 'converted'.


I have an iPhone 5 and love it. I would have loved it more if it was bigger though.


i think my new iphone 5 is awesome. So awesome that my original, 3 and 4 just sit in the draw.


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