Originally Posted by PG4G
Hmm... right where EVERYONE is going to be holding their ipod from? Stupid. It will be up the top with the screen if it's anywhere.
The problem I see is that putting it at the top would either push the screen down or make the device thicker if its behind the screen. I don't think those ideas will fly out of Apple, particularly the thicker part. Of course, this may be just one of those things that they have to make a choice/compromise, because they all have undesirable factors going against them. though personally, I think pushing down the screen a bit wouldn't be a big deal to my sensibilities, depending on how it's presented, and I think some visual slight of hand such as what Apple does with their notebooks right now.
Originally Posted by zoetmb
1.5:1 makes no sense to me (except that some still cameras use that ratio). All new TV production is 1.79:1 and movies are either 1.85 or 2.39:1, except for some European productions where some are 1.66:1. Only pre-1954 movies are 1.33:1. You don't want to letterbox such a small screen. While 1.5:1 is better than 1.33:1, it's still not wide enough.
Let me get this right, you are going to watch a feature length movie composed and designed for screens measured in several feet or meters, and run for well over an hour, on a 2" screen? Really, in the case of the nano (the root of this thread), that's what you seem to be arguing. If that's true, I wish I had your fortitude. At any rate, I don't see why feature films is a justifiable reason to push the screen aspect ratio of a hand held device in a certain way. Just as movies don't stick with one aspect ratio, I don't think hand held devices should be forced into any one of them either.
If you want to talk about digital still cameras, most are 4:3 or 3:2. Some offer a 16:9 mode, but that's not so common, and I think those cameras usually offer it by cropping pixel rows the top and bottom, not by adding pixel columns to the sides. Even two of my HD camcorders have a 4:3 sensor, they record HD by using only a 16:9 frame within that, not recording the top and bottom portions.