Originally Posted by Premium1
I wasn't talking about that. I was talking about making it larger to try and come closer to some of the competition. If you honestly think they just did it to make it 16:9 you are crazy. Especially how they had all those apps for awhile with black boxes because they weren't optimized. And you know how much apple loves to brag about their apps working and only using certain screen size/resolutions for this
Yes... they did it to come closer to the competition in 2010... when 4" phones ruled the roost.
But more importantly... they changed the aspect ratio. Notice that the iPod Touch also got a 16:9 screen.
The iPhone and iPod Touch had a 3:2 aspect ratio for the first 5 years. Now it will be 16:9 for the foreseeable future.
In a couple years Apple won't be selling anymore 3:2 ratio devices. But there's always growing pains for developers.
Remember the move to Retina? They survived it!
Originally Posted by Renzatic
I'm thinking they did it because they wanted to make an iPhone with a bigger screen without increasing the width of the device. They bumped it up to 16:9 because it's an industry wide standard, and it gave them a good bit more screen real estate to play with.
Who knows if there was a single reason or not.
They got both a larger screen and
an industry standard 16:9 aspect ratio in one revision.
I'm predicting iPhones and iPod Touches with 16:9 for a while... and 4:3 for iPads.