The next smartphone instalment via Apple is the so-called iPhone 5, and this got us wondering a little about the new screen size and change of design. We say that this is the ugly truth behind iPhone 5 screen & design, which is a little harsh but please let us explain.
We reported not so long ago mentioning that the new iPhone 5 will be a little larger and thinner, the iPhone 4S for example is 125mm x 58.5mm x 7.4mm, and the new Apple smartphone will be around 10mm higher, and will also be 2mm thinner. If we head on over to Reuters, they report that the iPhone 5 would move up from the iPhone 4/4S 3.5-inches to a new 4-inch display.
Stay with us because we will go little deeper into things that you will either agree or disagree with, we are only suggesting a few things that we would love for you to comment on, we always welcome your opinions.
If the iPhone 5 has a larger screen size and the design is totally different to the iPhone 4 and 4S, this could potentially be a pain in the backside on many levels, and this is where we get to the ugly truth. If the new smartphone comes with a larger screen, would current apps be compatible with it? It would surely not be impossible to run current apps, but if you look at when you get an iPhone app onto your iPad it did not fit the screen, we remember putting iPhone apps on the iPad 1 and at the bottom right hand corner it displayed “2X” and when this was pressed it made the app larger to fit the iPad screen, distorted and ugly is what we got. Now looking at this, if the iPhone 5 screen is larger surely current apps would be slightly distorted, obviously not as bad as the iPad distortion.
Going a little more into the iPhone 5 larger screen size leads us on a whole different journey with app developers, new paths and challenges will surely arise, not difficult but most definitely challenging for them to update current apps to cater the iPhone 5. Many developers will love the opportunity, whereas some will hate the idea of a larger screen. If you are a developer please do come forward and let us know what you think, thanks?
When the iPad was release developers had to build apps for that bigger screen, but these were new apps. The whole point of us mentioning this has nothing to do with devs building new apps for the iPhone 5, but purely down to current apps needing new updates.
Will Apple release a new iPhone with a higher screen or a wider screen, or both come to think of it? We may be looking at this all wrong, and this is why we want you to have your say. We all know that Steve Jobs wanted customers to have a phone that fitted nicely into their hands, and this is why he did not move on larger screens before because 3.5-inches was ample.
Moving onto the whole new design, if Apple decides to change the design with curvature in mind, many companies will have to design new cases, skins and covers for it. This will not be such a problem as current iPhone 4 and 4S cases will still be purchased, as there are millions of these current phones still on the market and will be for a long time. It is a little unfair to all those that have spent a fortune on customised cases for their iPhone 4/4S smartphones that will not fit the new iPhone if design changes are made, one we will be reviewing next week retails at $140, bit of a shock to the system to order another one to fit the iPhone 5 if it has a new design.
Please do let us know what you think of the above, love to read your comments. Is there anything else you can think of about the screen size and design change for the iPhone 5? Just a quick reminder: WWDC 2012 kicks of June 11, it is not sure if the iPhone 5 will be announced here. Some say it will not and that the event will concentrate on an iCloud refresh. Here are a few new iPhone 5 concept ideas – Concept One – Concept Two