“Apple Inc. is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features.
With a screen close to 6.5 inches, Apple’s big new handset will be one of the largest mainstream smartphones on the market. While the body of the phone will be about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, the screen will be about an inch larger thanks to the edge-to-edge design used in the iPhone X. (Apple is unlikely to refer to the phone as a phablet, a term popularized by Samsung.)”
As an iPhone 8+ user, I can say that, while it’s a bit unwieldy, it’s great to have the extra screen real estate. There’s no reason to not make an iPhone X model that size, which will result in a massive screen.
The larger screen should especially appeal to business users, letting them write emails and manage spreadsheets on a screen about as big as a small tablet. Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the new handset will probably enable split-screen modes for certain apps. Still, the larger phone could cannibalize iPad sales, a category that recently started growing again.
I would think that anyone who needs this type of screen size regularly would more likely use an iPad. “Business users” want more comfort than just a slightly larger display on their phone. And remember, a 6.5″ display on an iPhone X isn’t that much wider; it’s a lot taller, and the height makes up most of the difference. So it may be better for viewing certain types of documents, but not all.