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Apple Takes Aim at Two Segments with the Latest iPhone 6

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The iPhone has been a leader in the smartphone segment ever since its launch in 2007, but there have been signs that the new age smartphone market has been showing a growing fanfare for large screens.

Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs famously said that mobile phones with more than 3.5 inches of screen size will have no takers since they will be cumbersome to use. However, the popularity of phones, even with a 5.7 inch display, or the so-called phablets, has surprised many and Samsung were one of first to take advantage of this growing demand with their Galaxy Note series.

Hence, it is not surprising that Apple has increased the size of the iPhone’s screen for only the second time in the history of the product. The iPhone will now be sold in two versions with different screen sizes. The smaller iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display while the larger iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch display. Clearly, the iPhone 6 is aimed at phones like the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be a straight competitor for the Galaxy Note 4 that was recently announced at the IFA 2014. Along with the increasing the screen size, Apple has also increased the resolution of the displays.

The iPhone 6 now comes with a better 750 x 1334 pixels but the increased screen size means that it offers the same 326 PPI as before. This may have been a disappointment for some considering that many phones in this segment offer a full HD display. The iPhone 6 Plus is the device to get a full HD display, but once again it loses out in the pixel density war by offering just 401 PPI. Apple may have a case in point that high resolution displays get noticed only in screen sizes above 5.5 inches, but there are likely to be many disappointed faces.