I'm curious to hear thoughts on the seemingly never-ending growth of the physical size of our smart phones.
Let's look at a bit of history. The iPhone debuted in 2007 with a 3.5 inch display, which increased to 4 inches in 2012. All iPhones were the same size until 2014.
Currently, someone wanting the newest technology has to buy an iphone 15, with a 6.1 inch display. The 4.7 inch Iphone SE is available, but having 2-year old tech, may not be a good investment for many looking to stay up to date.
Furthermore, the form facter of the current SE will almost certainly not be used again, and rumors indicate the next SE will feature a 6.1 inch display.
It's also worth noting that choosing a smaller phone in the last few years means sacrificing the pro specs. This trend seems to only be increasing. Not only has Apple dispensed with mini iphones, but early rumors suggest that next year's pro iphones will feature an even larger display, with only the regular models remaining consistent. whether or not this proves accurate, it seems undebatable that small phones are rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
Let me say I know that bezzles can shrink, as they have on this year's pros, but this doesn't negate the overall trend. It's also constantly brought up that small phones aren't good sellers, and Apple and other companies are of course so concerned with the bottom line.
With that context, at what point does the unchecked growth of our phones become an accessibility concern, and something that should be advocated against from the perspective of disability rights? I assume that larger phones have helped people with low vision, and that's great, keep them coming! But what about when people who are blind are forced to pay more money for a bigger screen that they don't want and can't benefit from? As bothered as I am regarding this, I'm sure others are even more affected. I probably have larger hands than average, and I don't have additional physical disabilities that undoubtedly make it more difficult to manipulate these increasingly unwieldy devices. AT what point do we say enough is enough and as individuals, communities, or disability rights organizations, begin to apply some pressure? Apple is a multi-trillion dollar company. Without taking anything away from the groundbreaking work they've done with accessibility, maybe selling devices that better accommodate people in the above situations could also be a priority along with ever increasing profits.
I'm curious on others' thoughts.