Originally Posted by SolipsismX
1) Look at the bottom of each device. They have about the same size bezel. I think you're seeing an illusion of a double bezel.
2) If they make it as thin as the back of the iPhone 5 then how will the Home Button be made to fit? I think it's possible with a more elongated button but changing it isn't something to be considered lightly.
3) Note that the HTC phone has the logo printed on the front. The iPhone does not. It's never had it on the front but even with the display off you know it's an iPhone. That means the front look is iconic even after the change from a 3.5" 4:3 display to a 4" 16:9 display. I think that's important.
You also don't see the logo on the front of the iPad or MacBook. The only Apple product where the logo is visible on the front is the iMac. Ive is a fervent believer that the screen should dominate because it is the sole functional component for the user. That's a true adherence to function driving form.
As for the home button, it will be interesting to see what happens. Right now, there are two good reasons for keeping it:
- Relying on software (i.e. touchscreen) to provide the home feature removes what is effectively a useful hardware reset.
- The length of iPhone5 is hardly obtrusive. Therefore, removing the the home button may not make the device any sleeker. OTOH, it will either reduce space for the battery or force Apple to make it thicker. For Ive, thinness seems more important than length of width.
Edited by stelligent - 2/18/13 at 8:14am