iPhone's top and bottom bezels... Waste of so much space?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by raptorstv, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2011
    Is it possible for apple to make the top and bottom bezels waste less space? For ex, maybe by using iPad mini's home button size?
  2. macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2008
    Think about the things inside the device.

    The earpiece, the sensors, the battery, the heat envelopes, the speakers, the microphones... etc

    They need to go somewhere.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
    on the ip5, the top and bottom parts of the front face are minimal, the home button is the total height of the bottom piece. unless they made a smaller button.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2012
    Of course the phone's innards are a limiting factor, but I'm pretty sure Apple will lose the bezels as soon as they can.
  5. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    I really don't understand questions like this, of course it's possible, just like it's possible for them to make a 2" phone. Ask yourself if it's practical or a good idea.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    If they sandwiched the stuff under the bezels underneath the screen then they wouldn't be able to make the phone as slim.
  7. Greencardman, Jan 17, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2003
    Milwaukee, WI
    I don't think they can get rid of them. The top and bottom of the new phone are glass to allow the wifi and cellular antennas to receive a signal properly. I'm sure if they could enclosure the whole thing in aluminum they would have though.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
    Apple wants the iphone to be instantly recognizable. It's a design choice, and nothing else. There's no hardware limitation whatsoever stopping them from making the top and bottom bezels smaller.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Oct 26, 2008
  10. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Perhaps with fingerprint recognition will come a non-pysical button (requiring a finger touch so it doesn't go off in your pocket). That would leave only the provision for a speaker. That could be the glass itself, or a portion of it, or just a tiny hole in it or Apple will say we don't need speakers...

    Maybe a sculpted metal case mated to a full curved glass front. Would look about as sleek and uncluttered as physically possible at that point.

    Remember the stories about how Apple bought some expensive machines to cut curved glass?
  11. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Yes I think they can, they could had kept the 4 casing while stretching the viewable screen area for the 16:9, BUT my guess is, once again they went, THINNER! 'Nuff already.
  12. macrumors G3


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I really think the main reason why we haven't seen a change is because it has become iconic to the look of the iPhone. Even though the phone got taller, just glancing at it it's hard to tell whether it is a 5, 4s, 4, etc. Look at the silhouette logo for "smartphone". Almost everywhere you go it is the iphone silhouette with the big bezels.

    Apple is also big on the "you can use the iPhone one handed and touch anywhere on the screen with your thumb". If you reduce this space, it might look aesthetically nice, but it also forces you to either reposition your hand (how you hold the phone) or go about using the phone in a different way.
  13. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    They will most certainly shrink those wasted spaces for the next design once smaller components become available and everybody will look at the iPhone 5 like a strangely elongated outdated device full of wasted space just like we currently do at the "squatty" 4/4S.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    So true. If Apple looses all that honkin' upper space in the next phone, it will really make the iPhone 5 look goofy.

    Man, you'd love to be a fly on the wall in Apple's iPhone 6 design meetings.

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