New iPhone Sexist

Why is the New iPhone Sexist?

Apple recently released its iPhone XS line, with screens that range from 5.8 inches to 6.5 inches. They became the company’s largest phones so far, but the big screens have triggered a backlash from some women who say the device is too large for the average female hand

“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 sociology professor Zeynep Tufekci, who teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Some people like the bigger phones. Fine. Keep an alternative for the rest of us.”

“I can’t grow my hands any bigger,” another annoyed iFan tweeted. “Please make a smaller iPhone.”

British journalist and a feminist activist Caroline Criado Perez said for The Telegraph that she had her hand strained and injured after using an iPhone 6, that has a  4,7” widescreen because it was too wide for her grip. And her symptoms went away after she switched to the iPhone SE, with 4“ screen.

Apple announced it will be discontinuing the iPhone SE, which additionally angered their customers.

“I have to make a choice between making an upgrade to the only phone that fits my hand before they discontinue it, soon there will be no iPhone that fits the average woman’s hand size, even though the technology is two years out of date,” said  Criado Perez.

According to the study, which was publicly issued in the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, an average man has a hand that is one inch larger than a woman’s.

The representative of the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, told The Telegraph, “In so much design and technology development the default standard is always that which suits a man. Companies have got to get better at recognizing that their idea of normal should account for all their customers.”

As if this controversies weren’t enough, it turns out that Apple’s phones aren’t too big for ladies’ hands only, but for their pockets too. An August 2018 survey by culture website The Pudding took a look at the 20 most popular denim brands in the United States and found that 60 percent of women’s jeans can’t fit an iPhone X, which is 5.8 inches.

This is quite an unexpected controversy from the company that keeps their public image clean and holds users’ satisfaction high on their list of priorities. We’re not sure if the company itself is to blame, or the current policy of finding as many things to be offended with as possible.