If the iPhone get's a bigger screen....

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iPhalandrew, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. iPhalandrew macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2011
    i was thinking about why Apple would make the iphone screen taller not wider, and one main reason i could think of was that the keyboard would stay the same. Then i thought, what about in landscape mode, would the keyboard just be spread out? would there just be grey bars on the side? not that anyone here would know i just thought it was something interesting to think about
  2. Catdogchicken macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Sheffield UK
    I really don't think the keyboard is a deciding factor for Apple 'apparently releasing' a stretched 4S. I'd imagine it would be straight forward to space the keys out a little to the side if it was to be wider.

    If it does (all pointing to probable now) turn out to be a long 4S, I just hope they explain why in the keynote, what reason they didn't do wider (non developer reasons, as going wider is easier for them than going retina was for the iPhone 4)
  3. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    This is a good point, that keyboard is going to be wide!! I can barely use it as it is :p
  4. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    I actually like the 4s just as a phone to put in your pocket.

    I would buy one now but curiosity about Sept 12 stops me!! :D

    If its taller I wont buy.

    If its taller and wider I might buy.

    If I don't like I buy a 4s cheaper than now. :D
  5. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    99% chance the display is going to be taller. It will be a 16:9 display (in my opinion perfect for mobile phones) and it's unlikely that all the leaks we've seen and the rumours we've heard are incorrect.
  6. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    We're all trying to figure out why Apple would only go taller on such a tiny screen. 16:9 is fine on a larger screen, but something as tiny as the iPhone screen will still be just as painful to use as ever.

    I think it's: "let's play it as safe as possible while still hitting the 4" target screen".
  7. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    I really hate using the iphone's small screen, and to make it longer, it's still tiny because the width is the same.

    I really jealous looking at android, especially the nexus prime and galaxy s3, i tried to convert but i just can't. I kept coming back to iPhone because iOS and all the polished third party apps are my preference.
  8. JerseyDoug macrumors regular

    May 10, 2012
    Perhaps I am in the minority, but I like the iPhone as is. Works perfect for me. Longer may be helpful. Otherwise, I am good.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I'm in the same boat. The size is great, and a little longer would be perfect. I never use the phone in Landscape except when watching a youtube video. Mostly using the phone in portrait mode, the length will be welcomed for web browsing. I don't want it wider b.c I hate the direction smartphones are going with 4.5+ screens....just to big to hold with one hand IMO.

    4" is a safe move on apple's part. For as many people that want bigger than are tons who still want small. Going too big would definitely cause me to not upgrade, and I would use the 4S until it stopped getting support.
  10. pad07 macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2007
    I bet you by Christmas you have the next iPhone, which is taller and not wider.
  11. subrar08 macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2012
    I think the screen should not be bigger than iPhone 4, i love it as a standard for phone, as phone must not be a tablet.
  12. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It would be pretty easy for Apple to allow us to optionally split the keyboard, much like on the iPad, while in landscape mode. If this is the new iPhone we have been seeing, I'd bet my money that they do that.
  13. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010

    The deciding factor to switch to 16:9 1136 X 640 is so more content is able to be seen. Scaling up a 3:2 screen just makes things bigger but still doesn't display more content.
  14. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Increase the resolution, as other phones (and displays) have done for years. Problem solved.
  15. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010

    Yes but that wouldn't be as clean and easy as just adding pixels lengthwise (in portrait). With the way they're doing it, the @2X graphics will work just fine.
  16. BuckeyeMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2012
    You're going to be very disappointed then in the future because I don't see phones going back to small screens for a while.

    These things go around in cycles (for years)...the iPhone needs to be bigger to keep up.

    And I highly doubt that going .5" wider would not allow you to hold the phone anymore...
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I didn't say it was going to be easy. If Apple wants to do it, it's doable.
  18. yegon macrumors 68020

    Oct 20, 2007
    While I think we're likely nailed on for just a taller phone (sadly imo), imagine how utterly utterly awesome it'd be if Apple revealed a 4"-4.3" screen with a doubled res of 1920x1280 and tiny bezel! Absolutely is NOT going to happen, we'd have had a tonne of leaks from the screen manufacturer, but that would be mindblowing nonetheless.

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