Originally Posted by wizard69
First let me say this is another garbage AI article better suited for a slow news day!
As to your comments I'm not sure why everybody gets hung up on aspect ratios. Going 16:9 gives both the user and developer more screen to work with, without making the device awkwardly larger. A longer device will fit the pocket much better than a wider device.
The big advantage comes when viewing documents and doing just about any sort of editing. The current iPhone screen is a real pain in the butt when working with documents or web edit boxes like this one. I really don't understand the negativity here. Further if Apple was smart this really wouldn't be a "new" iPhone but rather a new cell phone added to their line up. Different people have different needs and the single form factor iPhone solution makes about as much sense as having a single size laptop.
Offering the choice of a 3.5" device or a 4" device isn't really much of a choice. If you're really trying to appeal to different demographics then there should be a more significant difference between the two models.
If I thought offering two different sizes of iPhone was the best strategy I'd keep one phone with the current 3.5" screen and introduce a new 4.5" model. The smaller one would retain a 640x960 resolution while the larger one would use the exact same 326ppi LCD cut into 720x1280 panels.
That's essentially what's happening in the Android market. A vast array of screen sizes and shapes is slowly boiling down to what is essentially a binary choice:
1. big 720p screens with the latest high performance specs and Android 4.0
2. compact phones that fit easily into a shirt pocket and typically run Android 2.2 or 2.3.
Unlike Android, I would ensure both sizes of iPhone had excellent performance and the same OS.
I think Apple could afford to target both the compact and large form factor markets, but won't. I think they're fixated on the one-size-fits-most approach of offering only a single product with the simple name "iPhone". Continuing to offer older models at lower price points is the only market differentiation they appear willing to make.
Going with a single 4" 640x1136 iPhone makes sense. It offers a little more screen and a little more battery without significantly harming one handed operation for men. Based on my observations women typically use two hands to interact with their smart phone screens so making the phone a bit bigger won't make any difference to them.