NOV 23, 2011
For quite some time now rumors have been circulating about the next iPhone supposedly boasting a larger screen. I think that’s a ridiculous rumor, and I can’t believe so many people actually believe it. First, let’s have a look at Apple’s current lineup of iPhones in terms of screen resolution:
Now, assuming Apple sticks to non-fractional scale ratios (more on that further down), a 4-inch display iPhone would imply one of the following:
Both are foolish. Why?
So you ask: what about fractional scale ratios? Say, a 2.5 scale ratio?
I don’t think that’s gonna happen either:
Now, these are technical reasons for Apple not releasing a 4-inch iPhone. But as we’re all aware, Apple isn’t the kind of company that let technical limitations block their way to innovation. So, let’s forget about scale ratios and ppis and imagine that a 4-inch display makes sense. I still have to wonder: why give the iPhone a larger screen?
I personally find my iPhone’s 3.5-inch display to be of perfect size. At times, I almost find it too big and if anything, I wish Apple made it smaller. “Too big” may sound like a subjective thing, but half an inch larger would undoubtedly make some areas of the screen much harder to reach. Dustin Curtis wrote an excellent piece about this which pretty much sums it up: your thumb can only reach so far.