Is an Edge-to-Edge Screen Even Possible?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BlindMellon, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. BlindMellon macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    i've notice looking at all the 4" and larger phones that they've all got a pretty hefty space around the screen to the edge of the phone. makes me think the edge to edge design that's being talked about isn't even possible.

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  2. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    You need something to hold the screen to. I have never seen an edge to edge screen in any electronic product ever. So yes I guess if the iPhone goes for the 4" it will require a bezel and be much larger than the current one.
  3. BlindMellon thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    that's why i'm thinking the iphone5 will look exactly like the iphone4. maybe a new design next time.
  4. AmereckanPsycho macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2011
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    Some of you need to stop dreaming. A 4" screen is never going to happen. Maybe we'll get a 3.7" screen a few models down the road. Apple will never conform to the new ridiculous 4" or 4"+ screen sizes that garbage Android phones use. Also, every app would have to be fixed to support a new resolution.
  5. thaoxa macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    Do we really need a bigger screen?! Is it that necessary to have or not having make the iPhone less attractable?! People, relax with the bigger screen thing. If you want a bigger screen, jump to the Evo or whatever else is out there.
  6. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    People complain about light bleed now... Just wait for an edge to edge screen!
  7. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    You're not analyzing this properly though.

    The other phones have a bigger form factor, it's like holding a brick in your hand, and are huge compared to the iPhone 4.

    Can Apple put a 4" screen in the same form factor? That would be nice! Let's see Apple 'innovate' once again.

    It's not about being attracting, it's about usability. The extra screen real estate could do so much for the future iOS, such as non-intrusive notification systems. The possibilities are endless with a bigger screen.

    Actually, i'm thinking about jumping to an Evo or some Android if Apple doesn't deliver with iOS 5 and iPhone 5, this is the last straw for me.
  8. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008

    I said that last year and moved on to android, while i liked it... the iphone 4 is a better overall quality device (build, photo-videos, app quality and battery life) I then switched back. I feel iOS 5 will be better.

    Android OS itself is ok but the quality build of the devices is semi cheap and the battery lifwe is the worst i have had on a smartphone.
  9. tctony macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    No need to be so hostile towards Android. I would never say never to Apple. A 4 inch screen would be nice. Why would they bother only adding .2 inches?

    You have a valid point with the apps updating their graphics. But AFAIK it isn't/shouldn't be a huge deal to support new graphics, its just that some devs are lazy. The ones that want to sell their apps will update their apps.

    Thats a real great suggestion there... Have you ever thought that there might be people who like the iPhone and don't want to get an Android, but also would like a bigger screen?

    Exactly. If Apple could put a bigger screen in the current form factor, why wouldn't they?

    The iPhone has a great design as is. I really don't see the need for some drastic improvements in design and such. When Apple gets a good design, it can probably stick with that.

    With current technology, I don't really know what needs to get added to the iPhone for now... besides marginal upgrades of course. The best things Apple can do with the iPhone right now involve iOS features.
  10. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I wouldnt mind a 4" screen only if they keep the device itself the same size.... if not then I am perfectly fine with the current size. One of the things I dislike about some new android phones is how huge and brickish they are. I dont know how some people carry those things around in their pockets.
  11. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj
    Once again... I don't know of anyone that holds their iPhone by the tiny little black strip to the left and the right of the screen. Most hold it where the metal is.
  12. testcard macrumors 68030


    Apr 13, 2009
    Northumbria, UK
    An edge to edge screen will certainly make life interesting for the case manufacturers.
  13. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj
    I just don't see what the big deal (problem) is. It won't literally be edge to edge. There will still be a TINY gap. Screen would be under metal and glass just like now. What's the problem??
  14. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    i am not talking about people holding the phone I am talking about a place internally in the phone to hold the screen.

    And by the way you know that a 4" screen in the same aspect ratio is wider than the iPhone 4 itself, so it is impossible to keep the same size and use a 4" screen.
  15. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.

    Android phones are not garbage -_-
  16. Synthion macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    Agreed -_- -_-
  17. chris975d macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2008
    Georgia, USA
    I don't know why everyone assumes that all 4" + screen phones are "brickish". There are some with a 4" screen that are not much difference in size than the iPhone 4. Here is a pic of my Motorola Atrix (4" screen) next to my iPhone 4, and as you can see, the outer dimensions of the Atrix are almost identical to those of the iPhone 4. There really isn't enough of a difference for it to matter usability-wise, and shows that if Apple can shrink some of the internal components a bit more, then a 4" screen would be a relatively easy upgrade. The Atrix certainly isn't a "brick" when in your pocket.

    (click to enlarge):

  18. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    Your pic demonstrates what I said. The Atrix does not has an edge to edge screen and is wider than the iPhone 4. Check my post I never said 4" phones are bricks. I just said it is phisically impossible to put a 4" screen in the same size iphone 4.
  19. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Does it really matter if the phone gets a little bit bigger? There comes a point where a compromise needs to be made. Sure, the iPhone could potentially be the smallest, lightest smartphone ever but it would come at the cost of being a decent contender in the modern market. If it becomes the most powerful and feature heavy phone it will be bulky and unusable for those with smaller hands. If it become slightly larger it will still be very pocketable, and who knows, they could be able to fit a much larger battery in with all that extra space. If Apple keep the same 3.5" display they will still sell millions of iPhones, but people have begun to want more screen real estate.
  20. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2011
    Again. What I wait is that people claim the iPhone 5 will have a 4" screen and the same exact shell as the 4. That is impossible.

    I am not saying it is bad or good. Read my posts before answering them
  21. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    The technical challenge for all tempered glass is that their weakest area are the edges, so having the edge exposed is a no-no for glass screens.
    It might need to be some different type of material for it to have the edge exposed.
  22. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    The Atrix certainly isn't a brick.

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