iPhone Bezels Are The Problem

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairh, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. blairh macrumors 68030

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    Not sure if you all are up to date with the latest rumors, but apparently there will be a major redesign of the iPhone coming in 2017. Potentially less bezels, OLED, curved screens, maybe no home button, etc.

    This would disrupt Apple's 2 year redesign seeing that it's inevitable that Apple will redesign the iPhone this fall. (Most likely thinner, no headphone jack, second speaker, etc.)

    A complete redesign makes sense to me next year. I don't thing going thinner this fall and keeping the same footprint, as rumored, is going to fly for 2 more years. Right now the S7 Edge looks compact and modern when compared to the 6 Plus side-by-side. Potentially this thinner iPhone come fall will be a stop gap for one year and we will see serious changes come fall of 2017. I believe there is potential in the fall of 2017 for an iPhone with no home button, seriously less bezels top and bottom, OLED screen, etc. They won't need to go thinner yet again at that point seeing that all the other changes are coming.

    That's how I see it playing out right now. I'm curious if the forum agrees or not.
     
  2. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

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    I think the source is wrong....with a 5.8" display it's clearly a new iPad.
     
  3. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

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    Gee I thought you meant the Bezels were the problem with poverty, hunger and world conflict.
     
  4. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Lose the bezels and the home button while keeping the 4.7 screen and make the battery bigger.

    dont give a rat's a•s about making phones and tablets lighter.
     
  5. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 6502a

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    Lol no, I like the bezels.

    Every time I go to one of these thin bezel Android phones, its just a constant struggle with accidental input all along the edges. It looks mighty good on a table but it's absolutely stupid to try to use on a daily basis without a whole bunch of accidental touching.
     
  6. Mxbzz macrumors 6502

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    As a current S7E owner, this is really a non-issue. The bigger issue is when trying to swipe/slide from the edges one-handed, as you're likely to slide your finger at an angle so the phone won't register it as a swipe. Two-handed is perfectly fine, and even with one hand it's not a deal-breaker.

    I think the bezels on the iPhone have pros and cons-- sometimes it is nice to have the bezel to grab when I'm watching a video in bed. With the S7E I have to be more conscious and hold the phone on the sides due to the capacitive buttons. However, once you get used to it, once again it becomes a non-issue.
     
  7. Suckfest 9001 macrumors 6502a

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    The bed thing is exactly it, actually. If you're holding the phone up above the face, you kind of need to rest your fingers on the bezels. I wouldn't think that it's as easy to do on an S7 Edge.

    Tiny bezels look better but at the cost of *some* comfort. That's why I think I'd prefer to have a reasonable bezel.
     
  8. Jamovik macrumors newbie

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    I agree, Blairh. That's what I think will happen as well.
     
  9. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    I agree. Apple will go all out with the 10th anniversary iPhone next year. All rumors so far are pointing to a very slight change in design this year. And I tend to believe the rumors these days since we haven't been surprised by an iPhone launch since the 3G I think. Ever since then we've had leaks showing us pretty much what Apple was going to launch
     
  10. emilioestevez Suspended

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    The bezels are fine. The thin, curved chassis is the problem.
     
  11. got556 macrumors 6502

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    Not a fan of the Edge screens from Sammy as my fiance has had both the S6 Edge+ and the S7E and now has the S7. But I agree, thinner bezels are a must for the next design. Apple prides themselves in innovative design and as far as the fronts of phones are going, Android OEM's are kicking their butt in this department. My Note 5 I had was damn near perfect with bezel thickness. Heck I think there was less bezel on top and bottom on the Note 5 than there is on the 5 and 6 iPhone designs. This will be the way that Apple can win me back towards larger phones. Trim the bezels on the SE, put a 4.3" screen in it. Trim the edges on the 6S 4.7" and 6S+ 5.5" and you will have a substantially smaller phone while keeping the large screen size.

    W/ all that ranting said, I love my SE :p
     
  12. HEK macrumors 68030

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    On top of that, when I use my phone I never see the bezels. I am looking at the screen and content. The bezels disappear. Same thing on my iPad, the bezels disappear unless I make a conscious effort to see them.
     
  13. wolfedude88 macrumors regular

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    To me it's not a problem of seeing the bezels, it's the fact that iPhones are unnecessarily bigger than their iPhone counterparts because of the iPhone's big bezels.

    When using a Galaxy s6 or s7 the bezels are a lot smaller, so the phone is barely bigger than the iPhone 6(s) but the screen is like 5.1 on the galaxy phones.

    The bezels aren't too small on those phones where it becomes s problem either.
     
  14. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    The 6/6s Plus overall size is IMHO RIDICULOUS, dumped them after trying to live with each for awhile giving them a reasonable chance at least.
     
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    it does look very dated and i dont just buy an iPhone for its functionality. same reason why i dont buy an S model cuz it looks the same. i also have the strong feeling i will have to skip the iPhone 6SS excuse me iPhone 7 for this reason.

    it could pretty much fit a 5.1 screen onto the iPhone while keeping the same overall size if it wasnt for those damn huge bezel
     
  16. blairh thread starter macrumors 68030

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    The bezels play a part in how you handle the device. Case in point the bottom bezel of the 6 Plus makes it much harder to use with one hand with respect to trying to reach the top of the screen.
     
  17. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    If Apple put any effort in design, they could have easily fit 5" and 5.8" respectively in the current iPhone body. I had used my brother's moto x pure edition and did not find it problematic to hold or use, yet the Moto phone is shorter and narrower while having 5.7' screen compared to 5.5" iPhone.

    forgot to add, it is also much easier to hold comfortably and it is not slippery.
     
  18. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Yes...some bezel is necessary. Big thing is the top/bottom bezel and no home button.
     

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