iPhone 5 Teardrop Design...?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by asaeta, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. asaeta macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    So from what I can tell, some of these new cases taper down towards the bottom of the phone, suggesting that the phone does the same. My question is, why on earth would you want a phone that's not the same thickness on both ends? When you hold the phone in landscape mode, wouldn't it be very uncomfortable and rather unstable? Just thinking aloud here...
  2. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I don't get it either. Maybe it would be good for table typing in portrait, or for use as a VNC trackpad?
    Those are the only benefits I could see. :eek:
  3. asaeta thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Hm...I feel like there's so many negatives to it though. Also just thought, if you have it tapered, setting it down on the table in landscape mode will make it crooked and would probably affect your visibility.
  4. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    Judging from the schematic pics, looks like the teardrop will be very slight. I highly doubt it'll affect productivity so much.
  5. asaeta thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    I think it would be easier and much better to just taper both sides equally, but still have the middle, un-tapered part long enough to prevent waddling while place on a table.
  6. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    please note i say all this as someone who would much prefer a non-tapered phone with symmetrical top and bottom bezels:

    realistically the taper looks subtle enough that it probably wouldn't functionally hinder the phone in any substantial way, even comfort when holding in landscape. likewise with the asymmetrical top and bottom bezels.

    the 6 million dollar question (provided there is even any truth to the rumoured design) is what does it add to the phone? right now it feels gratuitous change for the sake of it. but so did the broken metal bands when iPhone 4 first leaked. then it suddenly seemed like a stroke of genius when they revealed it was actually the antenna wrapped around the perimeter of the phone. of course whether that was ACTUALLY a good idea is a whole other debate, but at least there was clear motivation. and the motivation contributed a lot to its perceived elegance.

    if i had to make a guess at the design justifications of the rumoured iPhone 5 based on their past choices, it would be as follows:

    -They want a larger screen to compete with some of their competitors, but they needed to keep a certain amount of bezel, so they had to increase the width and height. the iPad is a good precedent that they continue to believe bezels are important.

    -They don't want it to be considered an oversized brick, so they push to make it as insanely thin as possible to compensate. pretty much their entire company history is a good precedent for this behaviour :p

    -Decent camera components just don't come that thin. (Precedent: iPod touch. They abandoned their first attempt and then eventually settled for a lower quality camera that left many dissatisfied.) So they taper the phone to be a little wider on the top to fit it all in, while still boasting about how thin it is at its thinnest point. Marketing precedent: macbook air

    Anyway, I'm not saying you couldn't argue the objective sensibility of many of those points, but i do feel they all "fit" with apple's M.O.
  7. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    With a tapered design you can make a large majority of the phone extremely thin. That's the only reason I can see Apple doing that.
  8. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    If it happens it is so apple can say they have the worlds thinnest phone again.
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    I don't think the cases are for the ip5 I think there for the new iPod touch!
  10. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    I would imagine it would be to compensate for the larger screen size. Bigger screens look great, but when trying to use one with one hand (as most of us do with our phones throughout the day) it can be a bit awkward to reach the top of the screen. With iOS 5's notifications, reaching the top will be important and users will do it dozens of times each day.

    By reducing the thickness at the bottom, the phone will take up less space in the user's hand three-dimensionally, making it so that the movements will be very similar to previous generation iPhones, despite the increase in screen real estate.

    I can't imagine it would have that much of an impact on gaming in landscape mode either. You don't really hold the phone by the ends, it's more of a wrapping around the outside of the frame with your index fingers, then resting your middle fingers on the back with very little tension. They also tend to contact the back of the phone in the middle, where the taper won't be noticeable.
  11. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    I would cry little iPhone 5's if Apple did this. It would possibly be uncomfortable both in portrait and landscape. We can only hope this is false, or that Apple has done it in such a way that it just works -- which is always possible.
  12. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    Notice how most of Samsung's phones have a hump at the bottom? There's got to be some big component in these smartphones that simply can't be in the nice thin part.

    But I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet... If the iP5 is bigger at the TOP, won't it be really oddly balanced when holding it normally, in portrait? A lot of reviewers complained about that in the Nexus One - the phone being "top-heavy" I'd hate for that to happen here with the iPhone too
  13. Abby21 macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2011
    Well, I would like it to be a comfortable design, actually I think it has designed long time and now in producing!
  14. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Even on the MacBook Air I do not like the look of the tapered, wedge design. I don't think it would look (or feel) good on a phone. Screw having the world's thinnest smartphone. I could care less about that if the phone looks and feels terrible. If the iPhone 5 ends up like that, then I'm gonna be picking up an iPhone 4.
  15. asaeta thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Are there any specs experts out there that know a good deal about what parts make up the bottom of the iPhone and whether or not it's even possible/plausible to make it thinner on the bottom?
  16. Harvey Specter macrumors regular

    Harvey Specter

    Aug 29, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    You just described the curved back like on the 3GS
  17. asaeta thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Didn't even realize 'till I took mine out of the case and looked at it. But yeah, something like that. I think the 3GS back design is great (would be cool to see it in metal though).
  18. twitt3r macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2009
    If you "could care less", it means that you do care, to some degree or other. On a scale of 0 - 10, you could be a 1 or you could be a 10 with that statement. You should say "could not care less", which means that you care so little it is not possible to care any less, so 0 on the scale.
  19. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    A teardrop design is an answer to a question nobody asked. There's no reason for it, no advantages and plenty of disadvantages. If Apple foists this out on the public, it shows they're out of ideas.
  20. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Basically the same back that is on the iPad 2
  21. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I like the mockup off BGR where it is like the current iPhone but with curved glass design. I really hate the teardrop design.

  22. twitt3r macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2009
    Something like that would be nice - glass shaped like the iPad 2 (so flat, with curved edges), that meets up with the bezel also cut at an angle to maintain the smooth flow of the glass. Right now, the iPhone 4 is one of, if not the worst phones to hold in terms of aesthetics.
  23. outlawarth macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2011
    I will reserve judgement until it's officially announced, but this stupid teardrop design from top to bottom is the one thing that bothers me most from all the mock ups we've seen. I hate it.

    I type on my ip4 in landscape lying flat on the table all the time. Now it's gonna wobble???

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