iPhone 5 re-rumored to have a widescreen display, this time 3.9-inch 1136 x 640
Yet more widescreen iPhone 5 rumors have hit the web this morning, with a whisper that at least one of Apple's multiple iPhone 5 prototypes boasts a 3.9 inch touchscreen with a 1136 x 640 resolution. This by way of 9to5Mac which claims two of the larger-screen devices are code-named N41AP (5,1) and N42AP (5,2), and would have an aspect ratio around 16:9 to accommodate widescreen videos. Supposedly iOS 6, expected to make its debut at WWDC this June, will be fully optimized to make use of the additional screen real estate. For example, they claim we can expect an extra row of icons on the home screen, as illustrated in many mock-ups. 9to5Mac also claims the iPhone 5 will have a smaller size micro dock connector port, a rumor first published by iMore by in February.
iMore has also been told Apple is keeping the Home button, which means an extra long screen can't occupy the same space as that button. So, either the front would have to be moved around to accommodate it, the entire phone would have to be lengthened, or both.
We've already commented at length about a 4-inch iPhone 5, and there are a lot of reasons that make such a change reasonable. Android devices have been ballooning in size over the last year or two, while Apple has kept the iPhone at its original 3.5 inch screen size. Personally, I welcome the extra area, particularly if it's maintaining the same Retina sharpness that we've grown accustomed to since the iPhone 4. I have no doubts that Apple will at the very least maintain its current battery life levels, but that may be a steep challenge if the iPhone 5 comes with a hotter processor as well as a bigger screen. What I worry most about is estranging iOS app developers with increased fragmentation. Given Apple went a long time at the same screen ratio, we've already seen many devs skip optimization for the new iPad's Retina display; would Apple really change the aspect ratio further complicate the lives of app-makers, or do they have much of a choice?
If Apple does go to close to 4 inches with the iPhone, would you prefer a wider screen, 16:9 aspect ratio, or the same 2:3 aspect ration simply stretched larger?
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Like it or not, 16x9 is where Apple needs to be, that's the standard. It's a mobile media device, not a camera.
Also it is much more likely that they'll trim bezel off the top of the phone and a bit off the bottom rather than what either of your renderings show. That makes for a much better and more balanced look, and is how the Android flagships are doing it.
And a lot of the hand wringing about what Apple should do is based on keeping things simple for developers. Well, 16:9 is the most popular standard today for TV media, consoles, PCs, and Android. If Apple really wants to keep things simple in the long run for developers they should use a standardized 16:9 resolution. Not this goofy 1136 x 640 stuff.
I actually believe Apple is intentionally using wacky resolutions to make it more difficult for developers to port to Android. This has worked well while on top, but as Android continues to grow, that difficulty goes both ways and may do more harm than good.
Oh, and screens that are far bigger than 4" are just a fad. A gimmick. Samsung in particular is trying almost everything they can think of, whether it makes sense or not, to differentiate themselves from Apple. (I.e. trying to avoid being sued by Apple.)
Bigger screens do have some benefits.
Bigger devices do not.
I am switching to a used galaxy nexus
I'll pop in an extended battery and enjoy my giant screen goodness. So long Verizon iphone4. It's been real.
Hey is that a giant phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see me, actually I am happy to see you and no my phone is in the other room , how you doin?
If somebody snaps a photo of one million new front panels, odds are that it's the final design.
If somebody snaps a photo of one new front panel, it could be the final design, or it could be just one of hundreds of variations that'll never see the light of day outside of an Apple prototype lab.
All we can do is wonder and wait.
Although unlikely, I also might not be surprised if in the future, the iPad also switches ratios. Yes, maybe it might not be as comfortable for reading, but if over time every iOS device consolidates to this aspect ratio, it would work really well. iOS might be able to always scale iPhone or iPad apps to any future resolutions required for different screen sizes while maintaining "Retina" ppi.
Oh, and it also would nicely match the 16:9 ratio of a future iTelevision. How easy that any photo or video taken with any device would look the same on all devices.
Or maybe they are winging it.