Analyst: Next Apple iPhone can retain one handed operation with its 4.08 inch screen

Analyst: Next Apple iPhone can retain one handed operation with its 4.08 inch screen
According to  KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the next version of the Apple iPhone will be 4.08 inches, an increase of 26% from the current 3.5 inch screen. The resolution of 640 x 1136 means that it will remain a Retina display with pixel density of 320ppi, and offer an aspect ratio of 16:9. Kuo says that Apple takes one handed operation of the Apple iPhone seriously and that the next iteration of the phone will still offer one-handed operation, even with the larger screen.

Thanks to the 640 width of the new resolution, the new Apple iPhone will only be taller, not wider, and the 16:9 aspect ratio is the same used by HDTV and other HD screens. Making the aspect ratio 16:9 also allows apps written for older Apple iPhone models to be used on the new handset with the use of a black letterbox at the top and bottom of the screen.

The analyst says that he doesn't see Apple going larger than 4.-8 inches with the next iPhone screen because of battery life. A chart released by his firm shows that a display larger than 4.3 inches would need a larger battery which would stand out too much as far as Apple is concerned. Kuo says that the "longer" size of the new Apple iPhone would help those who make a lot of phone calls using the device as the micro[phone would be closer to the mouth when the unit is held up to the ear.

The next Apple iPhone will  be just 7.9mm thick, according to Kuo, thinner than the 9.2mm of the Apple iPhone 4S and just slightly thicker than the Motorola DROID  RAZR which weighs in at 7.1mm thick.

source: AppleInsider



32. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Can someone provide a link from the interview where Steve Jobs said 3.5 was the ideal size?

33. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I do not think it is aa quote from steve jobs. I think that this idea is from a study done a pretty long time ago. The study was in no way related to apple but claimed that the average thumb reach when holding a phone was 3.5 inches. Then many reviewers, including phone arena, decided to claim this is why apple made that idea. I could be wrong but i think that apple never confirmed or denied that this was why they chose the screen size. Either way I think it is a very smart move by apple to upgrade to a 4 inch screen.

26. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Another iPhone rumor which will turn out to be false.

24. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012


22. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

big deal im average size.. my infuse is 4.65" i think... one handed operation here

21. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

love peering how apple struggling in order to remain "retina term" and apps compatibility. World has been chasing apple since they released first iphone. Now, it's getting utterly opposite.

19. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I thought Steve jobs said that 3.5 inch is the ideal size just a few years ago? LOL Now its going to be 3.9/4.0/4.08 inch whatever I don't care. Why Apple? Has the human hand suddenly evolved within 5 years with a size increase of 26%? I am just waiting to see Apple launch a 7.0+ inch tablet. Didn't Steve Jobs say that all the competing 7in tablets would fail during the launch of the iPad because its too small? Come on Apple. Launch a 7+in tablet and eat your own words. Just proves that all Apple's marketing talk are plain brain-washing bulls**t.

28. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Back pedal, back pedal, back pedal

34. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ok enough you 2 idiots... 1st Jobs is dead.. 2nd the hand has not evolutionized.. but technology has.. as a successful company it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that making it bigger is the way to go.. no backpedal there. they just want to be successful at selling an appealing product.. and times changes as well as technology,.. so don't act dumb.. and please no dumb questions anymore..

18. mikeyjunk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

A 3.5-inch screen used to be ideal size for the human hand. Now it's 4.08-inches. I guess they have evolved bigger hands. This is a sure sign of fanboyism- a moving goal post. This one hand operation requirement is overrated. Even pinch-to-zoom requires two hands. One to hold the phone and one to pinch. This is all just spin to justify the lack of options to have a smaller or bigger screen depending on personal preference. Just like the absence of options for user expandable storage, removable battery, to have adobe flash or not, widgets, live wallpaper, etc. Iphone is like the Toyota Camry-the best selling car in the US for the last ten years. Is it the best car in the world? Not necessarily...

16. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

one handed use will be no longer easier on iphone 5 coz if they are keeping the width the same and increasing the height it would be impossible to reach the top left corner where the back button is placed. thats why i love the soft keys on android devices

17. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I agree. I really hate the placement of the back key on the top left corner on iPhones because its not intuituitive at all. Have to really stretch my thumb beyond comfort level and I have big hands. With Android no such problem even on mega screen sizes.

13. TechDork

Posts: 405; Member since: May 10, 2010

Okay, but we're still going to have a cramped keyboard =/ It needs to be WIDER as well.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I like the balance of phones like the EVO and Thunderbolt, they were both very wide yet not super tall.

12. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

This was clearly paid by Apple. If Steve Jobs said the perfect size was 3.5 how can 4.08 be perfect as well? I have a Galaxy Note and I have no problem with one handed operation (granted I have big hands), one handed operation depends mostly on the size of your hand and means little. No one size unit can be the perfect size for everyone since everyones hand size varies. The main size factor is display, smaller screens are cheaper to produce. If apple made a retina display on par with the general size of android OEMs trend of 4.5 it would cost alot more cutting into Apple's profits or raising the price of the device too much that people might not be willing to spend. The next time Apple increases the size of it's display will be when retina displays 4.5 are cheaper to produce bottom line.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ok, first it was 3.99, then 4.0, now 4.08....what is next?

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008


31. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's called a rumor so no one knows

10. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

This is great. Underaged boys can operate it with their girlish hands!

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Like non-sequitur you shouldn't bash him like that

8. ervman1

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This is ridiculous. I remember when Apple was justifying the 3.5" screen saying any bigger would be too big to handle one handed. Now they're pretending it's ok as long as it's an increase in it's ok because they say it's ok. Quit acting like you invent everything and stop trying to sue HTC and others into oblivion because they're creating a superior product. Either step it up or get out of the way.

9. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Awww shutup

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Sithman have you noticed the Fandroid trolls are turning up the heat? They're getting nervous because WWDC is around the corner. As usual they'll hate everything Apple announces while they sit in front of the screen refreshing every 30 seconds on the live play by play.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

actually that was just steve jobs… so the un-steve apple might not mind a bigger screen

25. qxavierus

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Actually, iPhone can't be operated with one hand only. Try for example pinch-to-zoom while using only one hand. Some people do it, but are risking to drop that fragile phone. Even Steve Jobs himself used two hands to operate the phone at his famous presentations: ictures/2011/10/11/1318357844918/Steve-Jobs-unveil ing-the--007.jpg 8/0625-iphone-4-reception-steve-jobs_full_600.jpg The one hand story is just an excuse for not having a bigger screen.

5. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Pretty soon Apple will put a patent on screen size and being able to use the phone with one hand.....

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I can operate an 4.7" HTC One X with One hand. Heh. "One" hand. I'm on fire today. *shot*

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14. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

not everybody has big hands you know

27. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Not everyone has baby lady hands either.

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