Saturday Fun Leaks: Is this the 16x9 iPhone video?
We get leaked third generation iPhone pictures. Not all of them are compelling enough to post or link to, but every once and a while, something comes in that fires off the old brainstorms. See above.
This one was sent to us by Emanuel who said simply, "Hello, this is leaked Photo of the iPhone video coming out June 9."
Date aside -- how tall is that screen now? Quite a bit taller than the current iPhones and iPods touch. We've heard rumors of a repositioned ear piece before, and this could certainly be a reason for it.
Not only is it taller, however, it's also exactly 16x9, that magical widescreen video ration the current iPhone achieves by letter-boxing, and what the Zune HD will have by going with a slimmer 272x480 display.
Apple can't cut pixels -- it would play havoc with all those 40,000ish apps that count on every single one of the current 320x480. Assuming Apple adds to them then, we'll be looking at 320x570.
Adding pixels wouldn't create the same problem for developers, since current apps would still fit on the wider screen. However, instead of having to letter-box video as much (some video is even wider than 16x9), Apple would suddenly be letter-boxing (or pillar-boxing) everything else. That doesn't sound like Apple.
We'll speculate after the break!
Enter our noble editor-in-chief, Dieter Bohn: "Hey, what if they just left the dock visible for everything but video. That would make app switching a lot faster."
Doing the math, the current iPhone dock is 90 pixels high. 480 (old screen height) + 90 (dock height) = 570, which looks to fit nicely into 16x9.
Sure, landscape mode would require a dock that re-stacked vertically during transition. The current dock would likely also cause some problems for some users in an always-on implementation, coming too close to the menu tabs many apps use at the bottom of the current iPhone screen, and making the overall look a tad busy and cluttered.
The ability to auto-hide the dock like in Mac OS X (where you see pillar-boxes of black until you touch the area) could solve that. So could a whole new dock or approach to the home screen in general, which Daring Fireball's John Gruber had on his wish-list going back to Macworld 2009 in January.
So, let's break this back down. The picture above claims to be a leak of the iPhone video, available January 9. It has a 16x9 screen ratio. Do you think a) the picture could be real, b) the release date of June 9 could be real (it's been , c) Apple could go with an even wider, wide screen iPod, and d) if they do, how will they handle it for existing applications?
We have roughly 48hrs to figure it out for ourselves before Phil Schiller takes the keynote stage at WWDC and -- hopefully -- tells us for sure.