The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have massively divided opinion among the Apple faithful, it appears, after a uSwitch survey laid bare widespread antipathy over the company's decision to sacrifice ease of one-handed use to join the phablet market.
For years, former CEO Steve Jobs dismissed calls from some consumers to bring a larger iPhone to market to match the slew of big-selling, amply proportioned Android phones from the likes of Samsung and HTC.
His rationale was that phablets are ‘too large’ to be used comfortably with one hand and represented an unacceptable compromise for a company whose success was built on prioritising ease of use.
And although the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which come in at 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches respectively, have set sales records, it seems that many – in fact, most – consumers who’ve tried the iPhone now think Jobs may have been right all along.
Of 200 uSwitch Tech site users polled, some 55% said that now they've got their hands on the new iphone modes they support the talismanic tech visionary’s insistence that usability is paramount and that four-inches is the maximum size for a smartphone.
The survey also suggests that Apple’s attempts to change the design to ensure the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still optimised for one-handed use have not succeeded.
These included repositioning the on-off button from the top to the side, so users don’t have to reach as far.
Apple also introduced the so-called Reachabilty mode. This enables users to bring apps at the furthest edges of the screen within reach by lightly tapping the home button.