Originally Posted by oneaburns
I know I do. Just as I know I don't want a longer computer monitor I don't want a longer phone unless it's wider as well. I have relatively short fingers and feel the current iPhone is on the smallish side. It was a great screen size in 2005, but not anymore.
Sure, a little wider might not be a big deal
but does affect the usability and there is a limit that the thumb sweep can accomplish. A taller phone is more feasible for the thumb sweep as you get about double the range when one handed. You also aren't likely to stick a jewel case wide item in your front pocket but something a little longer isn't a big deal since you put it in length-wise.
On top of that, there is the chin and forehead of the iPhone which are being shrunk to accommodate this new display. The side bezel also looks to be slightly smaller but there is a lot more room with the top and bottom than the sides to contend with. Now the device's overall length is a little longer, but not at the same scale as the display height increases. If they made it wider they might actually have to make the bezel bigger, but they certainly couldn't have feasibly made it smaller than they are doing for 2012 for the structural support they want.
These rumoured leaks are almost exactly what I've been asking for for years. My only caveat is that I didn't want the casing to increase in size at all. That said, my wish did allow for some increase in size so long as it didn't impact the usability in any major way. You have to wonder if Apple is so threatened by large Android devices, as some say, why not make the display larger. No one has access to the great displays Apple has shipped on the iPhone, iPad and Macs. They are so far ahead that if they thought the best device was making some ginormous
* display they would have done it. No one comes close to besting Apple in this area.
* I think that's the first time I've ever used that word.