Watching 4:3 ratio on iPhone


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 29, 2007
Horsham, UK
Hi there, I watch the show Survivor a lot, and was wondering if on the iPhone it leaves those annoying spaces either side like when watching on a widescreen monitor?



macrumors 6502a
Jul 17, 2004
That's up to you.. you can have the phone fill the screen with the video, or put the borders around it. Double tap I think.. Don't have my phone yet :(


macrumors 6502
Oct 12, 2007
Preston, UK
Those 'annoying spaces' ensure that the program is displayed in the correct ratio.

You can double-tap on any video and it will play it in it's correct ratio (wether 4:3, 1.85:1 or 2.35:1) or flick between full-screen.

Watching a 4:3 show in fullscreen mode however will make you lose bits at the top and the bottom... kinda like zooming in.

However, if you prefer it that way, different strokes for different folks... :D


macrumors 6502a
Jan 8, 2007
I think if you put the iPhone on a ratio scale like you do with TV you end up with a weird 3:2 compared to the traditional 4:3 .

You end up with black bars on the sides when watching 4:3 shows but they are really almost not even there. Slim.

Same thing with wide screen formatted movies. if you double tap so that the entire width is visible you end up with black bars on the top and bottom but very minimal.

I think Apple purposely chose a ratio that's sort of in between standard 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 to not upset anyone who are die hard fans of either widescreen or standard.

There seems to be a divide between those persons who prefer 4:3 or 16:9 like screens:

• I prefer 4:3 simply because Id rather watch a huge screen and could care less for how far left or right the panoramic background spans.

• Then you have those persons who are completely OK with only viewing 2 inches x 6 inches of a perfectly good 6" x 6" screen (which makes noo sense to me) putting to waste all the space on the top and bottom with black bars simply because the panoramic wide screen is part of the artistic filming err something. I can't really say why, i'm not on that side of the argument

Jade Cambell

macrumors 6502
Sep 14, 2007
I watch Friends on my iPhone, and I make it fill up the screen. The amount of image that I lose on the top and bottom is never enough to even graze the top of a head or cut off anything crucial on the bottom, and it makes it look more cinematic.
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