An iPhone with a 4 inch screen could be the same size as the iPhone 4S

An iPhone with a 4 inch screen could be the same size as the iPhone 4S
We’re going to see the Galaxy S3 introduced quite a while before the next iPhone, but that hasn’t slowed down the iPhone rumors any. Hot on the wish-list are a quad-core A6 CPU, LTE, and perhaps most intriguingly a 4” screen.

A 4” screen might seem like a no-brainer, but it presents problems of its own. Apple has long said that they like the form factor of the iPhone, and they have steadfastly refused to increase the size of the iPhone even as American’s shifted in preference to 4.3” devices. Another reason Apple has resisted increasing screen size is that it would create imaging problems – do they keep the same resolution and just add pixels (forcing developers to revamp all of their apps) or would they simply reduce the pixel density to make it easier on developers (at the expense of image quality)?

A new mockup shows that this may not have to be an either-or proposition. A programmer named Will Hains has mocked up an idea that would allow the next iPhone to retain the same size despite its 4” screen, while also solving the dual problems of resolution and app compatibility. The solution would be for Apple to change the aspect ratio of the screen, adopting a taller screen while preserving the same width.

The resulting screen would be 1152 x 640 pixels, and could actually fit within the current iPhone size, although the home button would have to either shrink or change size. The result would be one more row of icons on the home screen, although it would open up quite a lot more room for watching movies or playing games. The aspect ratio wouldn't quite match up with the 16:9 format that many movies and most HD TV programs adopt, but it would be very close - much closer than the current iPhone screen.

It would also allow the UIs of most apps to stay the same in terms of pixel density; perhaps by default and app could float above the four bottom buttons with no change at all until a developer made the minor changes to allow for a longer full-screen app experience.

Is this what Apple will do? Time will tell, but we have to admit that this feels like a very “Appley” solution to the problem. We have no idea whether or not the mockup’s styling has any bearing on the final product – and really that isn’t important here; the key is that all the rumors pointing to a 4” screen on the next iPhone may not require a radical overhaul of existing apps, nor a change in size of the phone itself.

What do you guys think – do you hope Apple adopts this screen solution in their next device?


source: Good Will Blogging via Paris Lemon

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55 Comments

54. tombayy

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

apple needs to get with the times. Ditch the lame home button there is absolutely not need for it ANYMORE. its just wasting valuable space that can be used to increase screen size. to unlock it you can always use the top right button. there is also a lot of screen size if they simply put the need to make the iphone any bigger. the real estate is there just utilize it better. put front facing camera as well as the listening speaker higher on the phone. i like apple i on an imac, 13 mac book pro,ipad, 2 iphone 3g, and 2 iphone 4s. so yes i like apple, But that being said, i am really getting sick ad tired of apple holding out on technology just to keep you buying a new product every year. but they can so far since android has such hideous looking phones. listen HTC Samsung and everyone else. no one and i mean no one wants to see verion sprint or att logos plastered all over their cell phone. it makes phones look cheap and unattractive. learn from apple IDIOTS! look how sleek the iphone looks. do you see sprint verizon or ATT plastered all over iphone? HELL NO!! just how everyone likes good looking people same goes for devices.. humans are visual creatures i would think these other cell companies would have figured that out by now. i actually want samsung htc or who ever to actually come up with a better cell phone than apple. why you ask .the minuet that happens apple will no longer have the luxury to hold of on technology specs, in order to compete they will have to put everything they have on their products. other wise they will not be in the competition. so please android please make a better cell phone already. and tablets as well. so while i am an apple fan i want apple to feel the pressure. pressure to update their products. they dont do it because they are on a class of their own right now. so android get your s**t together and beat apple. make them and force them to give us apple fans better technology. with bigger freaking SCREENS!!!

53. scvzw2

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 20, 2010

As far as battery life goes with a big screen I have a iPhone 4s now coming from a Droid Razr and I can say even with the bigger screen I have the same battery life as the Razr. BUT apps are much smother on the iPhone because of the standard ratio where as in android there are multiple so the quality vary.

51. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Man that mock up looks horrible. I hope Apple doesn't come with such screen size. Something like 4.3 would be good.

50. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Man that mock up looks horrible. I hope Apple doesn't come with such screen size. Something like 4.3 would be good.

39. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

So in other news, Apple is still that little girl in the corner crying for attention

42. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You got that right

37. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

4.3" is perfect . Retain same width for easy to hold and slightly longer so it can pack in more battery for bigger retina screen and Lte speed use.

36. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The FACT is that Apple is so greedy that it won't spend for a bigger creen for it will loose profit

31. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

No matter what Apple pulls out, people will love it and make it the standard to judge everything else by. Fact.

22. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

not only that it woudl hurt to see they fit mor escreen into the current bezel size from 4s cuz it will look too long and unappealing

21. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Although I don't see it happening...I woul like to see iPhones in multiple sizes. Maybe a 4", 4.3", and a 4.7". I know a 5.3" screen is probably out of the question, so I won't even think about that! I know Apple would want to avoid the whole fragmentation argument, but I would be cool to see different sizes.

19. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

4" is decent I used vibrant for almost a year...but once your eyes see a 4.3 or 4.5 display...4.0 looks smaller...but thats just me!

30. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

The bigger you go, the harder it is to enjoy something smaller.

18. beefsupreme

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

i think it would look better if the screen was wider instead of just being really tall. also saying that "the home button would have to either shrink or change size" seems a bit redundant.

17. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

WHOA WHOA WHOA thats a sexy phone right there x___x!!!!

20. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Are we looking at the same phone... it is a hideous monstrosity.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I'd be happy with a 4"

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

^LOL!!

14. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Me too

15. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

That's what she said.

16. md227a

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Taco is back, lol

26. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You know they say "the bigger the better" ;) You, my friend, actually deserve some thumbs on that one!

29. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I would be disappointed.

10. dkpitman

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

eww... the 16:9 ratio hurts to look at.

9. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This is Apple. They have their own way of doing things. I think they like to play it safe and they never seem to take a big jump. If they dont bump it up to a 4.0 inch than it will lose the costumers fast and will want to use another phone.Better phones are coming out in the coming months with better specs and screens like the Samsung Galaxy S 3 , if they dont do something than it wil be overshadowed and it will be a 2nd rated phone regarless what they call it on the final product. Its already a 2nd rated company already since last year. You cant teach a old dog new tricks what what Apple seems to be doing. I just dont see Apple a big competitor anymore since last year. They never seem to take a leap of faith. Look at the ipad 2 to the ipad 3. not a big jump.

33. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Apple gives people what they want and the sales of the iPhones to date have supported this. Not only are the consumers happy, the Apple developers are happy as well. It's funny how the critics never look at the hard data like number of units sold, customer satisfactory scores, and instead make up opinions that only make sense to themselves. It's a phone and battery life is important. Plus it now has Siri in beta.

38. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I had a 4s, it wouldn't last 12 hours just sitting there, and that was iOS 5.1. I got a RAZR, it lasts 2-3 DAYS, and has a 4.3 inch LED screen. I'm sorry but the 4s is horrid in the battery department. Which is wierd because the iPhone 4 was pretty good batterywise.

55. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The correct way is to compare the average android device to the iPhone. For example, the iPhone 4 has 6 hours of continuous 3G usage versus the average of 5 hours for android devices. My Motorola has 3 hours and 45 minutes of continuous usage, which is one reason I don't like android due to the short battery life. Again, you need to compare the average Apple products against the average android products, since this will be more statistically sound. iPhone 4's 6 hour life is impressive when compared to its competitor's average of 5 hours.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

16;9 as I suspected. I remember reading some Apple developer post that if apple just changed the Ratio to 16;9 without changing the resolution of the width it wouldn't be too bad, because all they'd have to do is space stuff out, but if they make the screen larger and increase the x and y resolution there would be a lot of work to do because they would have to rescale and resize all the objects...

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The home key could be the same size if the top bezel was thinner....

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