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iPhone 5's terrible letterbox show Apple's apathy for developers

0. phoneArena 21 Sep 2012, 18:15 posted on

Apple has always prided itself on design. That's why every year, we get to hear in very minute detail what goes into the process of making the iPhone look the way it does. Unfortunately, Apple hasn't been so exacting when it comes to iOS design, and it shows with the iPhone 5's letterboxed apps...

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posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:21 40

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


What a joke. I'd take terrible tablet apps over letter boxing any day.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 23:26 3

30. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sad to say, this is not Steve's program any more. He would have put the squeeze on a group of developers to deliver native resolution apps for the iP5 on release date. The letter-boxing with a dearth of apps that provide native resolution is just chickens*t.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 23:37 2

31. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


At the risk of getting banned, there is an op-ed on nytimes that talks to Apple's decline (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/opinion/nocera-has-apple-peaked.html?hp ). The Cliff-Notes version is that once a company gets so successful that its business model is focused on protecting the franchise that it was able to build, that is the beginning of the end. The company may remain profitable (MS), but it is no longer the innovator that got it to its position of profitability.

The perfidious lash-up that is the Apple Maps application and this stupid letter-boxing is proof of Apple passing its zenith.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 06:08 6

41. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I've used four android phones for the last 3 years. WTF is a letterbox? Is that a new innovation Apple has come up with for the new iPhone 5?

iFans, thumbs up if you're excited with this new innovation! Woohoo!!!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 12:46 1

44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Letterboxing is a set of black panels on the right and left sides of the display that indicate un-filled space from the image being projected on the display (as occurs when a 4:3 image is projected on a 16:9 display). If you look at the picture of the iP4 next to the iP5 in the article, you can see two black 'bars' on the iP5. The white iP5 shows the bars more than the black one.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 16:25 2

46. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Sorry bro, forgot to wear my sarcasm mask when I posted that. Lol!

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 00:16 1

57. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Scaled apps are garbage, especially on a tablet. Wonder why Android tablets don't sell? "Design once, run everywhere" is a poor compromise, and if you are paying $500 for a tablet, scaled apps just suck.

posted on 12 Oct 2012, 10:23

58. toplinetony (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2011)


That statement perfectly encapsulates what responsive design is meant to solve. Except you got it the wrong way round; Android promotes it, Apple and iOS do not.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:28 1

2. Pings (Posts: 303; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Hmmm wonder how many things at Apple are an after thought.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:33

4. justaphone (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)


I guess there's not much more that could have been done when developers never had to worry about screen size on an iOS device before this release... A lot of anger in this article ;)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:39 3

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"A lot of anger in this article ;)"

But reasonable.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:43 3

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Apple is not a Software company so why blame them :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 19:19 15

14. lasp24 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


because they were the ones that decided only to stretch the screen height-wise and so all of the apps that they had previously will now have black bars. It is Apple's fault, not the developers of the apps.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 21:36 8

22. tedkord (Posts: 12203; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apple absolutely is a software company. What do you think iOS, OSX, their new maps app, etc...are?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 02:56

39. cso26 (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


oh .now i come to know that ios is hardware.lol.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:28

53. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Well ofcourse a.pl is a software company.. They don't make hardware they only take the best from the best hardware manufacturers in the world like Samsung, Sony, sharp etc.. They cherry pick the best things and put them all together and put inn their dumb iOS software.& wala dumb ppl with too much money here is your iPhone.... And they call it innovation. Yesi admit they once used to innovate but now they just seem derailed...

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 14:15

54. bhsolace (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


they dont take hardware from other manufacturers, and although they havent innovated much in a physical sense, the software has been approved. to answer your question, no im not an apple fanboy, i appreciate technological advancements. theres no such thing as an apple fanboy, theres good things about apple and there are some bad things. Myself, being competent, can appreciate apple for its innovation and comment on its mistakes. But i can see your one of those ignorant hipsters that think, because they're successful i should hate on them. you think your cool because you stand out from "the crowd" that likes apple, but your really aren't. you're a fool, if android had been on top, and it was apple trying to get noticed i bet you a million dollars you would back apple 100%.
***Your opinions do not matter at all, please stay out of future comment sections, thanks.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:25

56. baustin4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


1: Competent? Ex. See "software has been approved" try improved.
2: No such thing as an apple fanboy? No comment.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:45 7

7. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Why hasn't the keyboard been stretched to fit the entire width of the screen when in landscape mode? Surely one of the biggest benefits of a larger screen is more room to type. One of the reasons why I want a phone with a bigger screen is that I'm constantly mistyping because of the small keyboard on my iPhone.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:49

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Did you pre ordered or maybe already bought iPhone 5 ?

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:52 13

9. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


No, I was looking at my brother's iPhone 5 today. I'm moving to Android within the next few weeks. I'm not anti-Apple or pro-Android. I've had iPhones since the 3GS and I fancy a change. Also, in my opinion, I think I can get a much better phone for a lot less than the cost of the new iPhone.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:58 2

10. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Also, because I've been with my carrier for so long I've negotiated a really good tariff so I'm going to buy a phone sim-free as I want to keep the tariff I'm on. I've worked out that for the total amount of money it is costing my brother for a 2 year contract with his new iPhone (including his tariff, the handset cost and insurance) I could buy an Xperia T, One X or S3 sim free and use it for 7-8 years before it came to the same amount!!!

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 18:59 3

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Then it is good that you have noticed that keyboard hasn't been stretched to fit the entire width of the screen. :)

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 22:01 4

25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Welcome to Android. Here, you have total customization to your liking. Enjoy your phone!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:37

52. TalkingTechy (Posts: 97; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I had the iPhone 4...I fancied a change and went to the Samsung Galaxy S3...I lived with it for 1 month and determined the following:

http://tinyurl.com/8gklonl

Read on and decide for yourself which pros and cons weigh more for you.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 19:02 9

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thank god I haven't bought the iPhone 5 yet...
What a shame Apple... Most of the apps still stuck at th 3.5inches...

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 19:06 4

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


Nice article Michael, especially that picture 'i do not like the shame of cones'
I really need to wear one in front of the fandroid :(
Really really as shame :(

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 22:02 1

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol Wendy you're so funny.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 16:00 1

45. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Didn't you want to have the coolest iPhone yet?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:02

48. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'll wait for the fix 1st...

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