Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
We are repeatedly told by Apple that their one size fits all iPhone strategy is best because it makes things easier for developers. But Android developers don't seem to have a problem adjusting their app's for the multiitude of different sized Android phones. Last time I checked the number of Android app's was not that far behind the number of iOS app's. I hope the success of phones like the S3 will make Apple look again at this policy. I don't think we need a multitude of iPhone sizes - just 2 would do: 3.5" and 4.5" or something along those lines. I think that would satisfy most people.
I don't get it. Seriously I don't. Apple markets a variety of machine form factors and configs to run OS X programs on screens from 11.6 to 27" currently - including Retina and non-Retinized variants - and makes money (or at least holds "mind share") on them all - because they all fit the various needs and budgets of segments of buyers. And yet for years now they've ceded the entire screen size market from 3.5 to 9.7" to other companies with a line limited to one phone, one tablet (and lest we forget, one long in the tooth iPod variant) - as if, having discovered the "golden mean" for all iDevices they can develop and release no others.
iPhooey!! Let's say Apple released a Galaxy III (or so) sized screen, forgetting for a moment whether or not it has more pixels [the dreaded "new res to write for"] or just slightly larger ones. There's really no question that for a significant slice of the market it would meet their needs better.
One simple, but telling consumer level reason: You're at a club, party, picnic (or whatever social gathering) taking pics and vids with friends and everybody wants to see. Which has more appeal: the purity of retina-res or the fact that more of your friends a few feet away can make out bright and colorful content?
And one more analogy: all mainstream at least mid-scale HDTV's have the same 1080p res, yet there are healthy market slices for sets from 22-80" - again for multiple reasons including budget, room size, types of viewing done, etc. - an astounding range compared to what we're talking about here - even tho you can clearly see pixels if you want to stick your nose on your 80" screen.
I hope Apple's not becoming paralyzed and blindered by their own marketing schemes here!
I also think the case for a maxi-iPhone is stronger and more compelling than that for a mini-iPad - but in fact I'd like to see what Apple can do at both 4-5 and 7-8" once they figure out how or if to jigger the OS to "make them so."
Originally Posted by Quadra 610
It's all fun and games until the next iPhone.
Originally Posted by island hermit
A $99 4S and a new design for v6... should be interesting.
The above two near-randomly selected quotes show what I mean. It's almost gospel or something in articles, on forums and from Apple's marketing that there has been, is and will be continue to be one perfect instrument that is their sole entry into the entire world of smart phonery!
Originally Posted by Povilas
Resizing objects on a screen is not an issue with android. How do you make an app more usefull on a 4.8“ display compared to a 3.5 inch display with android? You don’t, that’s the problem, you just resize to fit the screen.
See my take on HDTV screen sizes and market segments above.
Originally Posted by iVlad
The best part is when you get an app that looks like Android 2.2 on a 4.0 OS device. Looks like you have a different phone. That's the problem with Android OS, Google changed the looks so many times all apps look different. The fitting is not an issue, looking like a complete, polished product -- is.
Two (or eventually, gasp, more) phone models - with Apple's control over OS updating and distro means that this "phate" would not occur for their phones.