Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 4.6-inch Retina Display

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  • dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DaHarder View Post


    My Galaxy Nexus already has a 4.65 inch display (as shown in the article), though it's of the much more vibrant, power-efficient AMOLED variety.







    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


    Has anyone seen the Galaxy Nexus? It uses a horrible PenTile display and huge...









    LOL...love it!
  • dickprinterdickprinter Posts: 1,060member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AdonisSMU View Post


    Fan droids are compensating to smaller body parts.



    Didn't they used to say that about guns?
  • aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,582member
    It's more likely that Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will drop by for a night of sex with me than it is that this rumor is true.



    And Adriana is married, a mother of two, and highly religious. And Alessandra is presently about four months pregnant.



    So, do the math.
  • simtubsimtub Posts: 276member
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    Originally Posted by Technarchy View Post


    Too big.



    4" maximum for a screen.



    Agreed, 4" would be a nice size. Does anyone know what the PPI will be on a 4" at 960 x 640 ?
  • zeromeuszeromeus Posts: 177member
    4" iPhone with 1024 by 768 pixel would be great. If Apple makes this move, App developers won't need to make updates to their apps as the 4" iPhone can use iPad apps natively. Eventually, the current iPhone aspect ratio will be phased out and developers will only need to worry about one aspect ratio with 2X graphic for iPad and 1X graphic for iPhone.



    Imagine how happy app developers would be if their apps can be 1024x768 for iPhone and 2048x1536 for iPad.



    The app store can be updated to look like this.



    iPhone

    iPhone 5 and iPad



    Then in a few years when Apple no longer supports the iPhone 4/4S like they no longer support iPhone 3G and iPhone original... all they need to worry about is an app store without tabs for iPhone and iPad like they do now since the aspect ration would still be the same with different resolutions which can just be 1x or 2x graphics.



    A 4" iPhone with 1024 by 768 resolution would have a screen size of 3.2" x 2.4" with 320 DPI.
  • mcarlingmcarling Posts: 1,097member
    I don't believe this rumor.
  • macbook promacbook pro Posts: 1,605member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zeromeus View Post


    4" iPhone with 1024 by 768 pixel would be great. If Apple makes this move, App developers won't need to make updates to their apps as the 4" iPhone can use iPad apps natively. Eventually, the current iPhone aspect ratio will be phased out and developers will only need to worry about one aspect ratio with 2X graphic for iPad and 1X graphic for iPhone.



    Imagine how happy app developers would be if their apps can be 1024x768 for iPhone and 2048x1536 for iPad.



    The app store can be updated to look like this.



    iPhone

    iPhone 5 and iPad



    Then in a few years when Apple no longer supports the iPhone 4/4S like they no longer support iPhone 3G and iPhone original... all they need to worry about is an app store without tabs for iPhone and iPad like they do now since the aspect ration would still be the same with different resolutions which can just be 1x or 2x graphics.



    A 4" iPhone with 1024 by 768 resolution would have a screen size of 3.2" x 2.4" with 320 DPI.



    Brilliant analysis. I am not sure this will happen your proposal is rational and reasonable without requiring significant effort by developers and continuing to utilize the Retina Display.
  • iamnemaniiamnemani Posts: 64member
    This looks more suited for a new iPod Touch, than an iPhone. We are used to the concept of the iPod touch being the iPhone without the phone. But, there is no reason it should be so.



    the way iPod Touch has evolved, I think a 4.6" screen would be ideal for that device. Since, the larger screen would be nicer for gaming and other apps, and since it is not a phone, most people are not necessarily carrying it in a pocket like one. Infact, most people I have seen carry the iTouch in their backpack, or some thing of that kind.



    Or atleast a new variant of iPod Touch?
  • aaronsullivanaaronsullivan Posts: 99member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zeromeus View Post


    4" iPhone with 1024 by 768 pixel would be great. If Apple makes this move, App developers won't need to make updates to their apps as the 4" iPhone can use iPad apps natively.



    Wait, what? You are completely ignoring the SIZE of the devices. When developing for the iPad I'm developing buttons and UI locations based on how far thumbs are from the edge of the screen and how far a reach it is between common tasks. The size of the buttons would be incredibly small if you took most iPad apps and shrunk them down to the size of a phone screen. Just imagine how tiny the iPad keyboard keys would be is using the same image but on a phone sized screen.



    Maybe a better analogy is to just look at an iPhone only app running on an iPad and how rediculously large the buttons and UI look. Now take that problem in reverse and think rediculously small.
  • solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
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    Originally Posted by AaronJ View Post


    It's more likely that Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio will drop by for a night of sex with me than it is that this rumor is true.



    Even more unlikely is they'd say 4.6" is too big.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by simtub View Post


    Agreed, 4" would be a nice size. Does anyone know what the PPI will be on a 4" at 960 x 640 ?



    288.44 PPI.
  • zeromeuszeromeus Posts: 177member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aaronsullivan View Post


    Wait, what? You are completely ignoring the SIZE of the devices. When developing for the iPad I'm developing buttons and UI locations based on how far thumbs are from the edge of the screen and how far a reach it is between common tasks. The size of the buttons would be incredibly small if you took most iPad apps and shrunk them down to the size of a phone screen. Just imagine how tiny the iPad keyboard keys would be is using the same image but on a phone sized screen.



    Good point! I wasn't thinking very hard when I said that!
  • sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Technarchy View Post


    Too big. 4" maximum...



    That's what she said!
  • sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


    Even more unlikely is they'd say 4.6" is too big.



    Damn... Beat me to it.
  • sunilramansunilraman Posts: 8,133member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by zeromeus View Post


    I wasn't thinking very hard...!



    That's what he said!
  • rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    A 4.6" display? Yeah right.
  • aaronjaaronj Posts: 1,582member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post


    Even more unlikely is they'd say 4.6" is too big.



    LOL



    OK, that was cold.
  • rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
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    Originally Posted by SinisterJoe View Post


    I think there's plenty of room in the market for two different iPhone models. It seems that Jobs was dead set on 3.5" being the perfect size for everyone but I'm not sure Tim Cook is as idealistic about these things. For Apple's bottom line an iPhone Pro at 4.6" is sure to carry a bigger margin -- certainly they do fine selling half a dozen different types of Macs, so I don't see why there shouldn't be different size iPhones at some point. Developers will have to do a little extra work to support another screen resolution but re-working a GUI for 3.5" vs. 4.6" is not a huge deal.



    You don't think Jony Ive had a say in the size of the new phone? My guess is he and and Steve had the next phone worked out well before Steve died.



    Honestly I can't see Apple using the 'Pro' name with any of their iOS devices. IMO the only way we'll ever get different phone sizes is if the new iPhone is 4" and they continue to sell the iPhone 4/4S.
  • asciiascii Posts: 5,363member
    This seems dubious to me. They don't primarily choose based on what tech is available, or what the competition is doing, but what fits comfortably in your hand. If history is any guide, an iPhone mini is more likely.
  • firefly7475firefly7475 Posts: 1,499member
    It's completely ridiculous to think that this could be for the next iPhone.



    A 4.6" screen with the iPhone's aspect ratio would be difficult to even hold.



    Apple would need to change the aspect ratio which would change the UI which is something Apple simply can't do.



    So here's a news flash (6 months and about 1000 completely ridiculous rumours ahead of time)... the form factor on the next iPhone will be pretty much the same as the current iPhone.



    So if there is any truth at all to this rumour the screen must be for something else.



    The question is... what could it be? A new iPod touch? A controller for the new Apple TV? Something entirely new?!?!?
  • slurpyslurpy Posts: 4,537member
    That is VERY hard to believe. For most people, a 4.6" display is laughably large, and simply unwieldily. I've used a GN and it was very difficult to handle with 1 hand. I predict the next iPhone to be 4". No more.
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