iPhone 5S bigger screen, identical form factor?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Radiating, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Here's an idea, why can't Apple make a 4.1 or 4.2 inch screen for the iPhone 5S by having the screen fill out more of the bezel.

    Seems like a no brainer. A resolution bump to 1.5x or 2x more pixels would also be welcome.
  2. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    If the next iPhone is an S release the screen will defiantly not change, don't bother hoping for that.
  3. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Would it be worth all that engineering to make the screen 0.1" bigger?

    If they go bigger, they will go BIGGER.

    As for the resolution jump, this will only come when the screen gets much bigger. Currently you can't see the pixels (at normal viewing distance) so doubling the resolution wouldn't have much effect, except it would hinder performance and battery life.

    I think what we will see, next year, not this year is.

    A 5" or 5.5" iPhone at 16:9 and double the resolution.

    Apps would all just work pixel doubled until updated and it would be a higher resolution than all these 1080p phones coming out, something Apple will like to tell everybody.
  4. Radiating thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Apple is playing a losing battle. Their competition is leapfrogging them at every turn. While the Apple ecosystem and accessories are great and changing the form factor would hinder that Apple needs to make the 5S a major upgrade or they will continue to bleed on the 2 year cycle.

    .1 or .2 inches will make a huge difference, if only because they can start getting developers ready for future higher iphone resolutions.
  5. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    I wouldn't call it a loosing battle when they are selling phones in record numbers, screen size is mostly a preference and apple has seemingly decided to stick to small screens on their phones and people buy them. Apple could make say a 4.8 inch screen but apple thought that it would be easer to just stretch the display for software reasons making it easer for developers.
  6. Want300 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    I agree with AQUADock on this one, I tried out the Galaxy S3 for a month before my iPhone 5 was shipped to me. I also previously had a Galaxy S2 as my work phone for 6 months. So, I gave Android a pretty fair shot to win me over.

    Screen size is a personal preference. I both LOVED the big screen, and I hated it. I almost dropped it a couple times using it with one hand because I was trying to click something in the opposite corner of the screen.

    Also, I did not think the 0.5" increase for the iPhone 5 to make it taller would be that beneficial. I will be the first admit it, I was wrong. It makes a HUGE difference, especially when I am using my work phone (a 4S). But, for me, the screen size is perfect.

    It is kind of like using an iPhone with a retina display, then looking at the screen of a iPhone 3GS. You don't truly notice it, until you look at how it used to be.


    Also, if there could be only one new feature on the iPhone 5S... I would pick battery life. I would love to never have to worry about it during the day... I use my phone too much for that to happen.
  7. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Apple clearly has the choice to make small iPhones. Do you honestly think that they're incapable f making a bigger iPhone? I think not.

    If Apple were thinking like you, they'd just make a 7 inch phone. As they said, its easy to make a phone bigger, but its not as easy to increase the screen size, and reduce the volume, and make it lighter, and make it feel comfortable in the hand; all at the same time. They are clearly gunning for these aspects. Not just to simply make a big screen.
  8. Radiating thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    It's not about form factor. Again the phone would be the same size. It's about sceen real estate. A bigger screen is always better but a smaller phone is also important. Both can coexist. .2 inches would be as usable as the current device but just appear much larger.
  9. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    It's very difficult for them to coexist. Apple only has a couple of tenths of an inch of headroom. Not much of a difference. Besides, the existing competitors' phones are massive and uncomfortable to hold.

    And you're saying that it's not about form factor, but yet you say that it needs to be big, with a good form factor. :confused:

    A phone needs to have a form factor. It's a mobile device, so it needs to have a mobile shape. If someone wants a big-ass screen, they should just buy a 27 inch monitor. Or even better, a 100 inch TV. Use a mini inverter to power it, and you can get the biggest screen you want.
  10. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    If Apple DEFINITELY want to change it, it won't matter how DEFIANT the screen is, it will change!
  11. Ste Nova macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2012
    LL22, UK
    they should just enable voice on the ipad mini for people who want a huge phone
  12. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    Mr Cook mentioned when the iphone 5 came out, that Apple wanted a phone that was easy to use with one hand only. If Apple wanted a larger phone, than they would build one. They won't, so get over it. You want wider phones, go ahead and buy the competition. Plenty around to chose from. Why bother bad mouthing Apple for not having one when you can select one of the others for goodness sakes. :confused:
  13. TallGuy1970 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2010
    You're basing this statement on screen size? HA!

    Have you seen the sales numbers and market percentages? Hardly a losing battle, especially if you worried about a .1 or .2 inch increase in screen size.

    Here's a tip... go buy a Samsung Note 2 and be happy! :eek:

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