Apple iPhones have increased in size by 5% every year since 2007 and would be larger than a wine bottle by 2040 if the trend continues
- Apple’s new iPhone 12 Pro Max is 6.7 inches tall, nearly double the original
- The iPhone has grown five percent every year since its 2007 debut
- If the trend continues, they’ll be bigger than a woman’s hand by next year
- By 2040, the iPhone would be 17.5 inches, larger than a keyboard or a wine bottle
- The Samsung Galaxy has doubled from 3.2 inches in 2009 to the 6.4-inch F41 released this month
The new iPhone 12 Pro Max has a screen that’s 6.7 inches tall, which is nearly double the size of the original iPhone released in 2007.
A new study suggests that if this sizing trend continue, the Apple smartphones could be larger than a MacBook in 20 years.
Phone accessory company Wrappz analyzed the evolution of smartphones by Apple, Samsung and other top makers.
According to its findings, the iPhone has grown five percent every year since its 2007 debut.
At that rate, the world’s most popular smartphone will be bigger than a woman’s hand by 2021 and larger than a man’s by 2024 – it would be 17.5-inches long, or nearly a foot-and-a-half.
The iPhone began slightly larger than a credit card. If Apple continues to increase its size by five percent a year, though, it will be bigger than a Mac keyboard in 20 years
‘From the camera quality to advancements of technology networks, we’ve seen the iPhone incorporate a number of changes since its launch in 2007,’ Wrappz said. ‘However, perhaps the most noticeable change we’ve seen has been its size increase.’
While the first iPhone in 2007 had a screen size of just 3.5 inches, the recently announced iPhone 12 Pro Max is almost double the size, at 6.7 inches. In total, that equates to a 91 percent increase and an average growth of 5 percent year-on-year. ‘
Apple kept the iPhone at 3.5 inches until the iPhone 5, which boasted a 4-inch screen.
It maintained that size until 2014, when the iPhone 6 Plus hit the market at 5.5-inches long.
The first iPhone (left) had a screen size of just 3.5 inches, while the new iPhone 12 Pro Max (right) is almost double the size, at 6.7 inches. In total, that equates to a 91 percent increase and an average growth of 5 percent year-on-year, according to research from phone accessory company Wrappz.
The average woman’s hand is 6.8 inches, while the typical adult male’s hand is 7.6 inches.
If the iPhone follows its current trajectory, it will be 6.9 inches by next year and 7.9 inches by 2024.
‘While a large display size offers a great user experience, it is clear to see a compromise will need to be had in the coming years in order to ensure smartphones remain practical,’ Wrappz director Liam Williams said in a statement.
‘As research continues into the development of cutting-edge technology, Apple will be keen to stay one step ahead of its competitors by implementing the latest technical advancements in the next two decades.’
If Apple continues to increase the size of its iPhone by 5 percent a year, by 2040 the popular device would be a foot-and-a-half. (Artist’s rendering shown)
Other popular smartphones are also growing up: The Huawei P1 clocked in at 4.3 inches when it was introduced in 2012, while the current Huawei Mate 40 stands nearly 6.6 inches tall, an increase of 4 percent a year.
Google unveiled its Pixel 5 smartphone in late September. The latest iteration is 6 inches long, 20 percent taller than the original Pixel
The Google Pixel was 5 inches tall when it debuted in 2016, while the new Pixel 5 is 6 inches – a total growth of 20 percent.
The Samsung Galaxy has doubled in size, meanwhile from a modest 3.2 inches in 2009 to the 6.4-inch F41, released this month.
In a recent survey by Android Authority, 75 percent of respondents said they thought phones were getting too big.
As Wrappz points out, larger phones aren’t just unwieldy, they can cause various injuries – including ‘smartphone pinky’, ‘tech neck’ and ‘text claw’- especially among younger users.