I still get excited about new phone announcements. Even if the mystery is pretty much destroyed before the event, thanks to leaks, rumors, and wild speculation, I’m still eager to see what a company showcases on the stage that they’ve chosen. HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry. They’ve all done their duties. They’ve all shown what their next big bet is. What they’re hoping you’re so eager to have that you’ll throw down your hard earned cash to make it yours.

We’re only three months into 2013, and we’re already seen some remarkably exciting smartphones unveiled.

With these announcements, I believe my focus on software over hardware this year is justified. Just look at the options. First we had BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, take the wrappings off their BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 devices. Both handsets aren’t powerhouses when it comes to physical specifications. They aren’t slouches, either, but they aren’t trying to win you over with the most powerful devices on the block. No, BlackBerry’s focus is their software, with BlackBerry 10. Gestures, gestures, and more gestures. It’s a whole new game for the company, and one that people here in the United States seem to be excited about.

(Skip one event for just a moment, while we keep the train rolling.)

Samsung’s event proved the point even further, going as far as to reuse the design aesthetic from the Galaxy S III in the Galaxy S 4. Sure, there are some improvements in hardware, like processor (for us here in the U.S.), and screen size-slash-resolution, but for the most part the S 4 looks like its predecessor. Samsung wanted to put the focus on the phone’s features, on the software they are working hard on making a truly unique experience for the user. They’re succeeding with things like Smart Pause, for example.

HTC went the other way, though. Their big focus is on hardware and bucking the megapixel norms. They want to provide the best hardware possible, and make sure that you jump on board with UltraPixels moving forward when you choose your smartphone camera. Admittedly they do have some interesting software features, like HTC BlinkFeed, but for the most part HTC was pretty tame on the software side of their new device.

There isn’t anything wrong with that. I believe that the HTC One is garnering enough praise from its hardware (seriously, our very own Aaron Baker loves the hardware) that the lack of major software innovations won’t hold it back in the slightest.

With the plateau that we’ve found ourselves on in the hardware department for the majority of 2013, I’m not the only one that thinks this year is going to be about software. But while I’m happy BlackBerry and Samsung are putting the focus there, I’m now beginning to hope that one other company does something else entirely.

A few days ago I wrote about how Apple needs to go ahead and fix what isn’t broken. They need to just take the chance that so many people are practically demanding of them, and redesign iOS. Not completely, but just something new. Give it a facelift. Do something. But the truth is, it isn’t broken. Sure, it’s looked the same since 2007, more or less, but it’s still functional. It gets the job done. It works.

So you know what? Instead of asking for Apple to change the software, I want Apple to do something else instead. I want them to go right in line with the rumors we’ve heard for the last year, and make a bigger iPhone. Yes, again. We got a bump from the iPhone 4S to the 5, from 3.5-inches to 4-inches, but it isn’t big enough.

The main reason why I leave the iPhone is its display size. I want a bigger phone. Do I want something as big as the Galaxy Note II? No, no I don’t. Why? Because I don’t want Apple copying Samsung and doing something with a stylus. But, I do want an iPhone with a display size between 4.5- and 4.8-inches. That, to me, would be the absolute perfect size for the next iPhone.

Glutton for punishment. I expect Apple to start taking even more cues from the competition, to start really being different from their past efforts, even though I should know that that’s just not going to happen. They’ll stick with what they know. We’ll get a 4-inch iPhone 5S, and iOS 7 with a whole bunch of new features but the same user interface.

Par for the course.

What do you think? What are the possibilities that Apple lets loose an iPhone with a larger display than four inches? If it doesn’t happen this year, what about next? Or do you think Apple will stick with the iPhone 5’s display size for several years? Would you buy a new iPhone if it had a bigger display than four inches? Let me know.

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"Would you consider buying a new iPhone, even if they don't change iOS, if they made the display size bigger?"

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Ezraella Brody
Ezraella Brody No. Love my Samsung Galaxy S3!
Christy Lynn
Christy Lynn No you can't change batteries. Nor add gb to the memory and only apple can fix em and they charhe u for it.most of all you cant unlock em they want you to buy and unlocked phone seperate.
Gareth Ridout
Gareth Ridout YEEEEES!
Christian Ybañez Guioguio
Christian Ybañez Guioguio i would buy it just make sure the os is IOS 6
Austin Agli
Austin Agli no, ios needs a big change...Its nice, but i feel like others, mostly android are passing it in more ways than one
Teron Facey
Teron Facey I would buy one to begin with. Its plain utter trash.
John Tang Bello Cinese
John Tang Bello Cinese of course is iphone is the best smart phone
Ilija Jovanovic
Ilija Jovanovic no,its still a shitty phone
Devlin Robear
Devlin Robear Nope, they need a new operating system
Colin Hart
Colin Hart Nope
Gary Mana
Gary Mana If anything, they need a new hook. Retina doesn't seem "cool" anymore with 1080p screens blowing it out the water. But an OS revamp needs to happen asap
Jake Stumbaugh
Jake Stumbaugh No ijunk
Jaasiel Torres
Jaasiel Torres maybe if they do a over haul
Rok Vrtacnik
Rok Vrtacnik ugly...mother..f*****
Derek Wheeler
Derek Wheeler I would definitely buy! i've been saying that's what they needed to do since 3gs!
Jose Sut
Jose Sut No
Jorge Lopez
Jorge Lopez No
Patrick Shirley
Patrick Shirley Phuck ios, S3 all day!!!
James Norwood
James Norwood No, it's a sub standard product from a company full of smug jerks who refuse to get with the program. There is absolutely nothing high end about an Iphone anymore, Motorola and Samsung have no problem beating the Iphone in everyway. Crapple, I like that.
Anthony Gonzalez
Anthony Gonzalez Yes! That's the only reason I don't like tge I phone
Douglas Prevo
Douglas Prevo A bigger display?? For what? The creative genius at Apple that gave us another row of icons after how many years? Give me a break. when they can be more creative in the software dept they can feel free to break that 4 inch barrier. Until then...
Milton Gfl Williams
Milton Gfl Williams I'm a samsung user , but I must say I would love to see apple give ios a revamp they need to come with new ideas and fetures and it wouldn't hurt to put in a bigger display, I want to see all company's succeed remember people competition drives innovation.
Jane Johns
Jane Johns NEVER!
Maegan Babcock
Maegan Babcock I'd buy it.
Brain Roopull
Brain Roopull It dawns on me that the app drawer on Android is essentially the entire OS for the iPhone. So if all you want is a bigger screen, just by a nice Android and never ever navigate out of the app drawer! Awesome!
Susan Hugus
Susan Hugus Never will buy an iPhone
Carl Dale
Carl Dale No! Apple bad.
Krishna Karthik
Krishna Karthik Maybe if it's price is little low
Veronica Thibodeau Tomlinson
Veronica Thibodeau Tomlinson Yes!!! This display is ridiculous. Def needs to be bigger and ill be happy!
Herwin Torres
Herwin Torres Hell no...
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. I don't care what screen size they use. I'll never buy crapple. Just stop it already.
Jarmo Salmela
Jarmo Salmela No we won't call it good.
Shawn Gergler
Shawn Gergler NO
Jessica Rodriguez
Jessica Rodriguez Next phone will either be a windows or android phone
Ricardo Santos
Ricardo Santos Nope... I've decided I'm going Android for my next phone.
DK Brothers
DK Brothers No, no and heck no.
Zamir Yusof
Zamir Yusof for someone that never owns a iphone, I think larger screen will attract them only if Apple keeps the phone price affordable. i personally like the reliability and the ecosystem of ios but if I need to speed $600 on premium phone, I'll set the large screen size as the main factor.
Eric J. Powers
Eric J. Powers And for me to even consider buying an iPhone they would have to not only make the phone at least 5 inches they would have to add a bunch of impressive features.
Eric J. Powers
Eric J. Powers The iPad mini is a rip off, it is not worth the money...32g nexus 7.....that's a good deal
Sky Baun
Sky Baun no
Vito DiNatale
Vito DiNatale No
Joseph Alan Richardson
Joseph Alan Richardson Nope haha
Nisha Collins
Nisha Collins I am trying so hard to get rid of my iPhone 4S I even got if for sale $250 and nothing smh I'm tryn to back to android or whoever else
Antonio Horn
Antonio Horn Nope. More icons....yeah
Mohd Hanif
Mohd Hanif Just add the rows and the apple fans will go crazy
Mohd Hanif
Mohd Hanif Waii hui. It's PHONEDOG page not iPHONEDOG. WTH..
Rachit Kakkar
Rachit Kakkar neverrr ever... no changes in the OS?? Duhh...
Markus Doyal
Markus Doyal But guys, a bigger screen will give you another row of icons!!
Arturo Cifuentes
Arturo Cifuentes If they made it at least 5 inches with the bezel small like the iPad mini
Grant Young
Grant Young No even if they gave out for free
Tiger Panomthonichakul
Tiger Panomthonichakul Fhd only
Allen Boatman
Allen Boatman No...
Rodger Samiie Myers
Rodger Samiie Myers I would accept it if it has true multitask like the note 2...with or without least a 4.7 to 5 inch screen...toggle support...and a strong long lasting battery...i like the simplicity of the iOS operation system...but its not as capable as my note 2 n terms of productivity...but in day to day...its perfect
David Muench
David Muench Waii, it's "phone" dog, not "iPhone" dog. You're going to get a mixed group.
Aaddy Rèd Ðévil
Aaddy Rèd Ðévil Never! Only if Iphone comes up with 4.7" screen, quad core 1.5 GHz , removable battery, Support SD card, new ios UI especially with widgets & iphone with new design not just taller or wider!
Eric Magana
Eric Magana Crapware is in android first off, all these new phones coming out is just annoying
Sheila Ellis
Sheila Ellis Bigger screen = More fail. LOL
Junyi Hu
Junyi Hu 0mg
Stephen Victor
Stephen Victor Waii, I concur. iPad mini makes sense as a phablet that can make calls. So apple doesn't look like a caver, they could just do that instead and appease both audiences.
?mraan Arabïa
?mraan Arabïa NO, Never... it is an iShit..
Dave Morgan
Dave Morgan The only way I would buy an iPhone is if it was made and sold by Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, or Nokia; ran Android; had a Snapdragon Pro, and had nothing to do with Crapple.
Daniel Savedbygrace Marquez
Daniel Savedbygrace Marquez Yup
John McCullough
John McCullough No.
Waii Hui
Waii Hui wow there's so much hating on iphone here. If you guys hate the iphone, why like this facebook page.
Waii Hui
Waii Hui Apple already has a bigger iphone, it's called the ipad mini. Why cant apple just shrink the ipad mini to 5 inches and you got your next iphone.
Waii Hui
Waii Hui yes, we need a bigger iphone. apple needs to fight back against android, at least introduce a device that doesn't get dwarfed by the androids.
Vladimir Conrado
Vladimir Conrado Nope
Ezequiel Lopez
Ezequiel Lopez 4.8" + widget support on iOS 7 = i'm back to iOS
Marc Brooks
Marc Brooks Nope, still hopelessly entangled with that crapware that apple forces you to use.
PhuongVy Doan
PhuongVy Doan Bigger screens? How about going back to a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. :(
Michele Fore
Michele Fore No, I hate iTunes.
Orion Pax
Orion Pax THey need to do alot of thing for me to even think of trying out iOS again..
Brian Chin
Brian Chin some say classic =.=" but i say boring !!!!
Stephen Victor
Stephen Victor If they released a Finder for iOS as a simple file management system in addition to a larger screen; I'm in.
Jerry Parker
Jerry Parker No, I'm happy with android
Gustavo Renteria
Gustavo Renteria Hell yea
Frank Porter
Frank Porter Lol! @Chris Kang That ad was hilarious to me. Thanks for bringing it up. Apple was so blatantly late to the party but were acting as if it was their novel idea to increase a phone's screen size.
George Majao
George Majao Of course
Frank Porter
Frank Porter No, cause it's not about the screen size. I prefer the level of custimization I have with Android.
Michael J Orta
Michael J Orta No. If the IOS doesn't change I have really no need to get a new device. I like apple but the issue is that the average user is bored with IOS. They need a new system with new options to maintain and bring back the wow factor. Since the iPhone 3 I been nothing but an iPhone supporter but I'm deciding more and more to switch devices.
Ivan Trudeau
Ivan Trudeau Unless they come up with a 4.5-4.8 inch screen with a removable battery IPHONE is on the BENCH !!!
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson Nope
Kenneth Maneeley
Kenneth Maneeley Perhaps a bigger 5in screen and a revamped IOS. This ops is old and stale and boring. Come on apple lets get with the program.
Nadia Merhai
Nadia Merhai Apple doesn't suck but they've definitely lost the innovative spunk that Steve Jobs forged while CEO. I've always told people the start of their success was their iTunes store, nothing else. They built a solid streamlined business model from their. Now that that Google Play has caught up, phones are fair game.
Richard Halm
Richard Halm nope I wouldn't buy anything that has to do with Apple. apple and all of there products suck
Vicente Trevino
Vicente Trevino I just want a different design
Chauncey Blessedtobehere Davis
Chauncey Blessedtobehere Davis Yes I can't wait!
Max Perez
Max Perez no
Brandon Thompson
Brandon Thompson Yes
Gregory Graham
Gregory Graham Android been better finally ppl realize it Apple just wants your money
Viktor B Thumperofseals
Viktor B Thumperofseals 3.5in screen is big enough for me, I'd never go back to android they suck ass
Tod Blauer
Tod Blauer I wouldn't consider buying an iPhone period.
Dominick Grasso
Dominick Grasso I have the LG mytouch by t mobile and i luv it since i did the new update the night before last it's fast as hell.
Mohammed Alwishah
Mohammed Alwishah Guys ill get this bike
Vikraman Ananda
Vikraman Ananda Yes iPhone rocks
Dominick Grasso
Dominick Grasso Android all the ways forever :-)
Chris Kang
Chris Kang their "your thumb goes from here to here" ads would be instantly nullified and makes them look like they're lacking "common sense" as they claim
Charles W. Y. Wong
Charles W. Y. Wong Nope. I had the iPhone 4, it was okay.. then switched to Note II.. that was the greatest thing ever!
Mohammed Alwishah
Mohammed Alwishah Prince Ahmad liked my comment too, 8 more!! 8 more!!
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes So a bigger display. A smaller version of the iPad mini but w/ calling?
Watashiwa Brandon
Watashiwa Brandon lol.. 4 inch is enough already..this is just a phone... make a phone call, send text message and play games 4 inch really enough... i will go for ipad if i want bigger screen..
Joseph Anthony
Joseph Anthony Yes!!!!!!!
Brandon Wood
Brandon Wood Hell no
Mario Alan Perez Arreola
Mario Alan Perez Arreola no
Edgar Borrero
Edgar Borrero i think they need to do something in the software 4 inches is nice and big enogh for me, the software is what they need to change and i mean a BIG change no features
Ethan Ramsey
Ethan Ramsey iOS needs a complete revamp. I'm find with the size, it's the operating system that's so dated.
Mohammed Alwishah
Mohammed Alwishah Aamir Uddin liked my comment first, who else do we got? (Mom said I get a bike if I get ten likes =D)
Justin White
Justin White i would buy a bigger iphone even it ios was the same.
Melissa Cruz-Guzmán
Melissa Cruz-Guzmán No because the OS is still dated. Refresh the damn thing. Same old look since 2007. I have an iPod so it'll be the same thing.
Robert Hoellering
Robert Hoellering No it's to little to late for apple unless something major happens a bigger screen wont save them look at BB there OS was one of the main reasons they have ended up in the mess they are in now.
Ylla Quezon Pansacula
Ylla Quezon Pansacula im always been an android fan but if apple come up with bigger screen like the gs4 hell yea I would! lol
Mark Navarro
Mark Navarro I thought Apple fan boys said any screen size bigger than 3.5 inches isn't useful... man you guys are behind the times.
Josh Doncevic
Josh Doncevic Why would I want a bigger iPhone when I have a Droid? To answer the question, absolutely not. My reasoning is simple. I had an iPhone for three years (3G, and 3G S), and I can honestly say that I outgrew the iPhone. Droid has everything I want and more.
Ván Drëw Låi
Ván Drëw Låi as an Apple Fan ... i loved and worked for the company here in Malaysia .. but over the last quarter of the 2012, i had begin to worry about what apple in doing next, with the introduction of iPad With Retina Display, with minor upgrades of processor and Graphics Card, is does not make it any special ... and the best thing was the name, iPad With Retina Display ... as if The New iPad was not retina display ... so it confused customers ... with iPhone 5 also, i have customers coming back with 3G connectivity issues with happens on every network here in Malaysia .. i know Apple's wifi connectivity is not that good compared to other devices, but the basic 3G connection issues, the iphone 4s remains a better buy, yes iPhone 5 is faster in sense of processing, but is it necessary? how slow it is, eventually we will get there .... so if you ask me iPhone 5s or what is gonna be called, i will buy it if it has something special that used to be apple's trademark and i dare to say DURING STEVE DAYS ...
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz Only if android doesnt exist
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Wow. That's all it takes to please you CrApple dick riding puppets??? A larger display and you can overlook how dated, non-competitive, and weak that POS iPhone is compared to all of the high end Android competition and many of the Windows Phones??? Stupid ass iSheep who don't even realize how much they are part of the problem.
Flàvio Gomes
Flàvio Gomes i love apple, but they need to know samsung is coming out with a lot of good software, im looking forward to what apple is coming out with next.
George Millhouse
George Millhouse becky you must really be a retard if you got viruses on your phone. been using them since the beginning and never ever got a virus. means you are doing something very wrong. and your email getting hacked has NOTHING to do with you thinking you got a virus on your phone.
Kyle Orr
Kyle Orr Yes. 4.5 to 5" is about right. IOS needs some tweaks but it still works.
Ian Baylon
Ian Baylon Apples gonna make a bigger iPhone similar to the Galaxy phones then sue Samsung again for "stealing" their ideas.
Joy Thompson
Joy Thompson Not even an option.
Don Stephen Strada II
Don Stephen Strada II If it's not Samsung Mobile USA i won't buy it...god bless samsung lol
Mohammed Alwishah
Mohammed Alwishah Ali Alefnain wins the first comment award
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago Why if I have a note 2? Apple died along side Steve Jobs. IOS is outdated and zzzzzz. They will have to make drastic changes on the new iphone for me to even consider buying one.
Justin Charles Reback
Justin Charles Reback I wouldn't consider it. I don't like Apple's products or ecosystem. But in order to attract more users, they should be going big so to speak. 4.5-4.8 inches at 1080p for the iPhone 6.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis I already have an iPad. Why would I need a 5 inch iPhone?? I'd get the note 3 & watch the demise of apple.
Edward Atienza
Edward Atienza NO
Virg Prekazis
Virg Prekazis Apple wouldn't do that. They'd make some sort of iOS change.
Joseph Lee
Joseph Lee Take my money..
Jaden T. Brown
Jaden T. Brown No, just because of iTunes. I absolutely despise it.
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Why can't people just answer the question they ask. It always has to turn into a Fanboy war. GET LIVES THEY'RE JUST PHONES.
Brian Walden
Brian Walden nope
James Johnson
James Johnson That would be some big and pretty HD icons now wouldn't it...
Erick Ramirez
Erick Ramirez Nah.
Larry Ayonn
Larry Ayonn There needs to be a middle ground. Samsung seems to think everyone has gigantic hands, and Apple seems to think we're still in the early ages of the smartphone.
Becky Parker
Becky Parker Anyone who buys and Android... will get viruses(my HTC EVO 3D had antivirus and my email still got hacked).... iPhone = no viruses
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Yea. If I liked iOS and wanted another iPhone. I would want it to be bigger. In the 4.3-4.65" range
Mel Elvin
Mel Elvin pffft cant afford 1 now ffs let alone if they changed anything.
Mike Hogue
Mike Hogue Stick with my Samsung Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh Look at all the old iPhone owners finally coming to the light side... It warms my heart.
Becky Parker
Becky Parker Yes.... because for my used iPhone 5 I can get $650 for it.. Black 64gb..
Alfonso Manuel Avalos
Alfonso Manuel Avalos they should put the home button on the back of the phone
Shawn Dulin
Shawn Dulin If the can make a big screened phone not made out of poorly fitted pieces of plastic I'd try and sell my s3
Nadeem Ansari
Nadeem Ansari fish no
Patrick Scot
Patrick Scot Nope
TuCan Dan
TuCan Dan Yes
Adam Budish
Adam Budish Absolutely not.
Quang Nhat Nguyen
Quang Nhat Nguyen if i wanted a bigger iPhone i'd just go ahead and buy the iPad.
JFella James Stringfellow
JFella James Stringfellow Hell no
Eric Castillo
Eric Castillo no android ftw
John Dalisay
John Dalisay if iPhone has the same screen size as my s3... meh.
Faseeh Pervaiz
Faseeh Pervaiz no , I will prefer android over ios even if they increase their iphone's display !
Tito Cruz
Tito Cruz No
Harold Hidalgo
Harold Hidalgo Nope, wont even consider it.
Jonathan Escobar
Jonathan Escobar iSheep.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Hell no.. I would be done with them as far as phones.
Ricky Bonilla
Ricky Bonilla Pretty much why I brought the note 2 instead of the s3. Same software, touchwiz, but the screen got me
Alan Holmes
Alan Holmes Nope too little, too late....
Camar Green
Camar Green No umm no and no.
Julian Ju-yen Garcia
Julian Ju-yen Garcia maybe. all depends how it differs from the previous gens.
George Millhouse
George Millhouse well it wont happen with the 5s
Steve Bachman
Steve Bachman No thanks. iOS=BORING!
Ali Alefnain
Ali Alefnain first comment bitches
Luis Reich
Luis Reich Nope. Whats a bigger display if the OS is still crippled??
Ali Alefnain
Ali Alefnain ahh
Ali Alefnain
Ali Alefnain noo

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