Originally Posted by TBell
I believe the rumor in substance. I think the iPhone should have three screen sizes. The original size, the current size, and a slightly larger size. It worked on the music player front. Colors would also be a natural extension of what Apple is doing with its music players. Further, if Apple switches to carbon fiber based products, as is the rumor, colors would be easier.
The reality is Apple likely has to become more aggressive to fend off Android. Google certainly has become more aggressive, and it is also becoming much better at software design than it used to be. Google's new search program's new voice features are nice. It works faster than Siri and the interface is clean. I still largely use Bing, but Google did nice work with the iOS search App. Google's new map program has some user interface problems as well as voice navigation issues, but the overall design is solid (I still prefer Apple's solution). I hope to see Apple improve at software design more quickly.
Revamping nearly the entire product line wasn't a terrible performance in '012, but I agree about the need for Apple to get more aggressive in covering profitable product niches, e.g., in particular larger screen phones. I'm seeing them everywhere. As many as I'm seeing iPhones, btw.
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Originally Posted by TBell
Honestly, the screen size might not be a huge deal with the iPhone 5 (at least for some), but it easily blows every other phone Apple has made away. It is noticeably lighter, and incredibly fast. The 4S feels like a brick in comparison. Further, the overall design is improved.
I concur and really don't like the "brick" feel of the 4S compared to the near weightlessness of the SIII. Haven't actually pawed a 5 yet, but it sounds much more pleasant to handle and carry. I would hope the larger model, if it appears (as I dearly hope), would incorporate as many weight-saving tricks - extending the improvements of the 5 and so not be much heavier.
Originally Posted by zoetmb
I don't buy the multiple sizes either. It's totally unnecessary and complicates matters for application developers.
Frankly, because most people use a case for their iPhone, I'm not sure how important multiple colors are until such time as Apple made an iPhone that was indestructible enough that it didn't need a case.
No complications for devs if the ppi are simply scaled down on the larger phone (say in the 280ppi +/- a bit range).
Also I watch people operate their smart phones a lot - and much of the time (while texting or writing, e.g.), they're using two hands, and of course with one hand once a song or video starts or simply scrolling an article. I have no problem with this at all, despite the "purity" of Apple/Ives's one-hand aesthetic - which starts to break down on the "tall screen" iP5 anyway.
Originally Posted by allenbf
4" is big enough to me. But I can see Cook experimenting. I think to many people Apple has lost it's luster, so they'll probably try a few things like this to come back. This along with a redesigned OS.
You'll also see touch-enabled Macs by 2014. Apple's bulk of sales come from touch-enabled devices and I've seen people going back and forth between trackpad and touch on Win 8 with ease. It just makes sense - and not being able to use touch starts to feel unnatural when you move from Pad or Phone to notebook.
More importantly, implemented properly, it would "just work." An area where Apple's traditionally been on the forefront.
And before the "muscle arms" reply gets trotted out, I'm NOT (NOT!) saying the function would be for full-time use, but an option for those who want it for here and there where it's convenient. There could also be an option (over time) to choose larger or traditional clicking points in the OS UI and over time in programs.
Originally Posted by Blastdoor
1. A bigger iPhone screen isn't as crazy as some people think. The iPad line already has two different UI point densities -- the iPad mini is the same as the iPhone while the iPad has a lower density. A bigger iPhone could follow that model -- the same number of UI points, but a bigger screen, so lower density. This is not as unthinkable as retina-purists might imagine
3. There may be a lot of people who really do want a bigger screen with a lower point density. Who are these people? People who are getting older and can't see small text as well anymore (and these people can't appreciate the advantage of "true" retina displays, anyway)
And me! Bring it on. There's no reason for the World's largest tech company to have to stick to one current form factor. Period.