Apple’s decision to release a new line of phones, the iPhone XS, with screens ranging from 5.8 inches to 6.5 inches is being criticized by customers who say that the devices are too large to fit in the average woman’s hand. Adding to the controversy, some women have pointed out that Apple has begun discontinuing their lines smaller phones — meaning that those with small hands are effectively restricted to using old technology if they want to continue using Apple products.
“Women like me with small hands who need the most secure phone for safety reasons are stuck with something they can’t hold and constantly risk dropping,” tweeted Zeynep Tufekci, a sociology professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Some people like the bigger phones. Fine. Keep an alternative for the rest of us.”
"Welcome to the big screens" says Apple and women like me with small hands who need the most secure phone for safety reasons are stuck with something they can't hold and constantly risk dropping. Company that designs $5 billion headquarters without a childcare center for the win. pic.twitter.com/Owzy51RsrH
— zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) September 13, 2018
Speaking with The Telegraph, British journalist Caroline Criado Perez said that even the 4.7-inch screens of the iPhone 6 had been too large for her hold comfortably, and ultimately caused her a strain injury. Her symptoms subsided after she swapped to the 4-inch iPhone SE, but the company’s decision to discontinue the SE has left her considering alternative brands for her next phone purchase.
“In so much design and technology development the default standard is always that which suits a man,” Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, told The Telegraph. “Companies have got to get better at recognizing that their idea of normal should account for all their customers.”
Adding to the difficulty faced by women customers, most iPhones are now too large to fit inside women’s pockets. According to culture website The Pudding, 60 percent of popular women’s jeans lines won’t fit iPhones that are 5.8 inches or larger.
Read the full story at The New York Post.