What the 5-Inch iPhone Could Look Like

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this week, China Times published a rumor that Apple could release an "iPhone Math", a larger iPhone with a 4.8" screen that could compete with "phablets" like the Samsung Galaxy Note. Though the name is particularly suspect, it's possible that Apple would want to get into that product category. Samsung has had some success in the area, and similar products were popular at CES this year.

    Russian site AppleDigger.ru has created a mockup of what such an iPhone could look like [Google Translate]. One significant part that the video gets incorrect is that the original rumor claimed the larger phone will come with an 8-megapixel camera, whilst the video says it will have a 12-megapixel camera. Instead, an update to the iPhone is said to come before the holiday season this year, upgrading the lens to 12-megapixels.

    Considering the sketchiness of the "iPhone Math" rumor and the lack of any specific claims about how Apple would handle the larger display in iOS, the mockup video should primarily be viewed as a concept giving a general idea of what such a device might look like.

    Article Link: What the 5-Inch iPhone Could Look Like
  2. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    Saint Louis, MO
    Not sure if its just me but i find it really sad that the "big thing" (mockup video or not) of a new bigger screen for an iPhone is yet ANOTHER row of apps.


    EDIT: Just reminded me of this parody
  3. burnside macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    But I need 7 rows of apps.

  4. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I frankly don't care for phablets personally, but I understand that many people like to carry "1 device to rule them all" (vs. iPhone and iPad/iPad mini).

    To me, the biggest stumbling block is the new screen target that larger iPhone screen will necessitate. I suppose larger iPhone can keep iPhone 5's resolution, simply making screen target larger (hence lower pixels per inch), but real solution would require higher resolution, and hence new screen target for app developers.
  5. MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
  6. timshundo macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    This is the last step to horrible screen size compatibility fragmentation for app developers.
  7. Jbrumz85 macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    If iOS doesn't change much it won't matter how big the screen gets it'll still be boring just with a bigger screen now
  8. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
  9. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
    It's not even just boring, a lot of native apps on iOS just have bad interface compared to the new apps that are coming out on both iOS and android.

    They really need to revamp the next iOS.
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    They really need to shrink the wasted space above and below the screen. Maximize the screen while keeping the overall size smaller.

    As for revamping the next iOS, don't bet on it. All the Mac OS X iterations have remained essentially unchanged.
  11. Unggoy Murderer macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    Livingston, Scotland
  12. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    I think they would change iOS a bit for it, because the spaces between the apps on the homepages would be strange (especially since it's 4 across still and the phone WILL get wider to keep the aspect ration!).
  13. carlos916 macrumors regular


    Jun 18, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    Love how they emphasize 6 rows like thats what everyone wants!!

    I don't mine 5 but maybe some bigger icons would be cool?
  14. dantehicks42 macrumors newbie


    Apr 5, 2007
    Great !

    At this point might as well carry an iPad Mini in my pockets. I don't want a bigger screen, but I would take a revamped iOS.

    Extra rows of apps is just getting unusable.
  15. violaboy macrumors member


    Sep 7, 2007
    No more pages

    I'm sick of having to waste energy flipping through pages. They should make it so I can put all my apps on the home page! :D
  16. melendezest Suspended

    Jan 28, 2010
    That parody was awesome; too funny!

    This phone looks terrible in the different colors. But more than that, I'd be disappointed if Apple were to make the phone just taller, again.
  17. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Haha, pretty ridiculous info and concept but I do think the iPhone 5s will introduce colors and I am excited for that :) Too bad I won't upgrade my iPhone 5 till the year after that :(
  18. TurnTronics macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Cincinnati, OH
  19. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Looks hideous. Badly thought out - of course Apple wouldn't just add another row of icons.
  20. ctdonath macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    While at it, how about heading the other way: the iPad Gnat, featuring an icon array size of 1x1.
    (Take that previous-gen iPod nano design and bump it up to near-iPad specs!)
  21. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2011
    Saint Louis, MO
    Oh jesus i just realized they will probably now start having arguments on here saying

    "Its going to be called the iPhone 6 because there will be 6 rows of icons now! iPhone 5 had 5 rows!!! IT ALL MAKES SENSE!!!"
  22. M-O macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    if apple ever does go bigger, i hope they keep a 3.5" or 4" model in the lineup.


    you can fit 384 apps on one screen of the iPhone 5.
  23. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    And give the 4" model the same performance as the oversized phone, unlike Android handsets.
  24. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    Terrible! The whole purpose of a 5" or larger screen isn't just to put the same grid of icons and terrible usability on it. Give us some widgets or allow us to actually SEE some things right from the home screen.

    Don't just make the icons bigger and cram more of them on the screen like on the current models.
  25. WeegieMac Guest


    Jan 29, 2008
    Glasgow, UK
    I like the Lucky Labs Spectra wraps on the antenna band ...

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