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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Try the 5-Inch iPhone Experience with this Printable Papercraft Model




There have been a growing number of reports that Apple is working on a larger form factor iPhone, presumably to better compete with the wide variety of Android devices currently available. Based on those rumors, there have been also been a number of speculative articles on exactly how Apple might adapt iOS to handle the increase in screen size.

The predominant theory suggests that Apple will simply scale up the existing 4-inch iPhone 5 screen to nearly 5 inches. This would result in a display with the same 1136x640 resolution of the iPhone 5 but with a lower pixel density. The pixel density would drop from 326 pixels per inch (ppi) to 264 ppi, which conveniently matches up with the screen density of the full-sized iPad.

While lowering the pixel density of the iPhone has led some to question whether Apple could continue using "Retina" display marketing, it does seem like a reasonable strategy that would allow Apple to increase display size without introducing yet another screen resolution to complicate app developers' work. To date, Apple has been very cautious about introducing new screen resolutions to minimize fragmentation. The other added financial and logistical benefit of using a 264-ppi screen is that Apple can continue to use the same screen production facilities and processes that are currently being used for the full-sized iPad screens.

Another objection centers around the fact that increasing the screen size while maintaining the same resolution does not provide any more viewable area. This is not entirely true, however, as some features such as text with multiple font size options could be used to show more content on the screen at a given time despite the identical resolution.

In order to provide a sense of how a 5-inch iPhone would feel in the hand and to show how the physically larger interface would appear in person, we've commissioned CiccareseDesign to create a papercraft mockup of a device based primarily on the design of the iPhone 5 but with the larger (almost) 5-inch display (PDF 1, PDF 2). We performed a similar exercise for the rumored 7" iPad that did provide a very accurate representation of the screen size of the then-unreleased iPad mini.

Our new mockup can be printed out at 100% scale (example), trimmed, and folded to provide a three-dimensional paper version of the 5-inch iPhone. Readers can then see how a 5-inch iPhone would fit in their hands and get a feel for the size of the icons and other interface elements at the larger size. We've also included a separate printable PDF (100% scale) of screenshots from several different apps at the larger size to help users gauge usability at that size.

In our testing, we felt that the larger iPhone fits surprisingly well in our hands. However, the ability to operate the device with one hand is significantly compromised compared to the iPhone 5. Whereas the iPhone 5 requires very little stretching to reach the opposite top corner of the screen with our thumbs, the 5-inch screen would definitely be a two-handed device for most apps. The included screenshots also show off existing apps that have been automatically scaled up to full size, resulting in tap-targets that are larger than on the iPhone 5. Developers could eventually offer different sizes for interface elements and font-scaling options.

So far, the 5-inch iPhone is believed to be in prototype form, and the latest reports have suggested we are unlikely to see it in 2013.

Article Link: Try the 5-Inch iPhone Experience with this Printable Papercraft Model
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:06 AM   #4
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:02 AM   #6
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:04 AM   #7
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
indeed, i'm already amazed how little iOS takes advantage of the bigger iPhone 5 / iPad screen.

even little thinks like the notification center are a wasted opportunity in itself on the iPad. theres not even weather so its empty and a waste most of the time
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:09 AM   #9
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Nice Concept

It is nice to hear that apple is going to put new iphone 5inch in market

I am very much eager to show first video of that
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 10:33 AM   #10
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
Indeed. I still think iPhone 5 was a great release, it's definitely a product that bears the Apple quality I expect. But jesus christ what a disappointing software release iOS 6 was. Not just disappointing, downright depressing! Especially in times when there is so much to do!
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
You might be surprised. Sure the geeks hate that iOS is the same but those are the same folks that were jailbreaking on day one.

The vast majority aren't geeks and likely love that iOS stays familiar because they don't want to learn a new system

Not to mention that Apple doesn't design for marketshare chasing. If they did the iPhone would be in about 50 different forms and$200 off contract tops.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 11:08 AM   #12
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
It will be interesting to see what Jonny Ive's inspiration is for iOS. Hopefully that is seen in iOS 7
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"In our testing..." made me laugh out loud.

I pictured very serious fellows in lab coats in sealed clean rooms holding the oRigami phone and making pronouncements like "I'm bringing it to my ear now" and "Switching to left hand on my mark."
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 01:03 PM   #15
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I am still looking for something that can gives is that Apple "wow" factor with the next iPhone.
The wait could be awfully long
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 11:23 AM   #16
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I printed one out on thick photo paper to try out. I just think it is too big. I bet I use my iPhone 4s 90% of the time with one hand. The commercials are right.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 01:30 PM   #17
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I printed one out on thick photo paper to try out. I just think it is too big. I bet I use my iPhone 4s 90% of the time with one hand. The commercials are right.
The thing is, whomever created this mock up scaled the entire phone instead of just the screen - so with everything larger (top and bottom bezels, buttons), of course it will feel too big to hold.

A larger screen would have to be compensated by reducing the top and bottom bezels, as was done when evolving the design from the 4S to the 5.

But you still may be right - even after a proper redesign, it may still feel clunky! Depends on how big one's hands are, I guess...
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
Yep.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 11:51 AM   #19
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Enough Already!

Just make the iPad mini Retina and add the Phone App / Real Phone Capability. I returned my mini not just because of the display - that was 60% of it ... the other reason was that I quickly learned I did not like managing/having two devices with me at all time.

The iPad Mini also needs to be a phone.

This is the lowest cost, least fragmented and best option for Apple - I honestly think they will do it.
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A bigger phone isn't the answer. Fortunately, Apple understands this. The blogosphere/twitterscape/technocrati seem to think a giant phone is better, but again think about the target user and his or her experience. The real people (let's call them the 95%ers) who pay for these phones want it to fit in a pocket and use with one hand. 95% of 300 million people is a whole lot more than 5% of 300 million.
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Did they keep the top and bottom bezel the same size as iPhone 5?

Also, did they decrease the side bezels?, we know the new screen tech has improved edges, only requiring 0.5mm past the screen edge.
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Old Feb 19, 2013, 03:24 PM   #22
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If you're thinking about switching on your next refresh because the UI and text are too small for you to use comfortably on your retina iPhone, vote this up.

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How about no.
How about you cats with fighter pilot eyes and toothpick size fingers think about people whose bodies aren't like yours?

Apple has been my weapon of choice since 1985, longer than some of you "no, just no" folks have been alive. So, what? Well, I'm getting to the point where even with glasses, I can't see the tiny type on my retina 4s. Further, it would be great to have larger targets to manipulate.

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1. Take your iPhone 5.
2. Hold it a few inches closer to your face.
3. Boom, bigger screen!
That you still can't see, if you've got presbyopia - a common affliction.
pinch to zoom? three finger accessibility salute? - scroll each line to read
reader? - great if the 'made for mobile' page allows it
font size in control panel? - doesn't affect apps

All solved to a large degree with a scaled up iPhone, cf. the popularity of Nintendo's DSI/3DS XL consoles. Same horrid res, just bigger - and wildly popular with young (and old!). Just think, if you debased the wonderful res of the retina iPhone slightly in the name of accessibility, how popular would that be ...? and it still wouldn't be HORRIBLE res.

NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR RETINA IPHONE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A ONE FINGER RETINA PHONE. STOP STOMPING THE ALTERNATIVE!

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2/10 don't bother.

The UI isn't redone, it's just made bigger. that's not what Apple needs to do! They need to rework the UI so it works better on the bigger screen instead of just stretching (pinch-to-zooming IRL if you will) the UI elements.
For people with No PIN or PIN = 1111 the lock screen is fine. For people who have to use 'turn off simple passphrase' and answer comms in the middle of the night, the portrait lockscreen is a forced UI choice that stinks.

That's one example where a better UI would be great, but this is fixed somewhat by just making the pixels bigger.

iPhone5+ or HTC for my 4s successor? Apple, you decide.

Pardon the slightly caustic post - trying to get the attention of the "no, just no" types. I don't hate you!

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Just make the iPad mini Retina and add the Phone App / Real Phone Capability. I returned my mini not just because of the display - that was 60% of it ... the other reason was that I quickly learned I did not like managing/having two devices with me at all time.

The iPad Mini also needs to be a phone.

This is the lowest cost, least fragmented and best option for Apple - I honestly think they will do it.
They won't though, thats the best option for the consumer, not for apple. if they did that then people will buy one product instead of two. If you can release two or three devices that are all pretty nice, but none of them do everything people need/want them to, that's the best for the company. The true phone/tablet hybrid will be an android device first, of course, then followed by apple once the market shows how popular it is.
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
stock it is. jailbroken it is beautiful
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At this point, the size is only half the equation. iOS is getting more and more dated by the day.

Without a major iOS overhaul, I don't think they are going to capture any new marketshare.
Exactly, the iOS 7 presentation and OSX 10.9 is what I am most interested in
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