Why did Apple choose a tall screen instead of remaining with same proportions?

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  1. thermal macrumors regular

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    Based on consistent rumors, it seems 95% sure the next iPhone will have a 4" 16:9 screen.

    Why is Apple choosing to go with a 'tall' screen instead of having a 4 inch (or larger) screen with the same proportions as the iPhone 4?
     
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  3. profets macrumors 68040

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    I would think (or hope) that they base it mainly on ergonomics and a phone that fits well and is useable with one hand. 4" 16:9 android phones feel comfortable that way to me, though 4.3" and up seem difficult to use one handed (in my experience anyway).

    My guess is that, along with the screen resolution only changing in one direction making most UI/apps easier to adapt and change.
     
  4. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

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    ...and 1164x640 or whatever is a widely used standard, right?
     
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    No one being who?

    I've also been wondering about this aspect ratio. Not a huge concern of mine but still makes me wonder.

    Though I'm ready for LTE, NFC and maybe yet another camera upgrade on the new iPhone. Not really sure what other hardware features it could incorporate.
     
  6. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Why does that matter? The aspect ratio is a widely used standard.
     
  7. applesith macrumors 68020

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    Wait until 9/12 and all will be revealed. NO ONE ELSE KNOWS!
     
  8. lazard macrumors 65816

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    nope, which is why I wanted Apple to make a 4.3-4.5" screen and get to 720p.

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    640p is not a widely used standard.
     
  9. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Lots of possible reasons to go with the taller screen in no particular order.

    - maintain ergonomics
    - ease developer transition
    - simplest change to home screen layout
    - maintains current pixel density
    - same screen means more economy of scale
    - minimize difference in total size of the phone
    - match aspect ratio for HD video
     
  10. Fernandez21 macrumors 601

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    It's because what makes those larger android pones uncomfortable to use is the width. So to get a larger screen on the iPhone without making it wider, the only way to is to make the screen taller.
     
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    he said the aspect ratio....meaning 16:9

    not the resolution
     
  12. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    I understand that. I asked why that matters.
     
  13. lazard macrumors 65816

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    I have no problem with the 16:9 aspect ratio. I actually prefer it over the 4:3.
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    that is what he was saying and calling it standard haha.
     
  15. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

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    Really? 1920x1080 and 1280x720 are exactly 16:9
    Apple is rumored to be going with 1136x640, which is not.
     
  16. lazard macrumors 65816

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    16:9 is standard, however, 1164x640 is not.
     
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    grr i know, and that is what he said in his original post that you quoted. I think you thought he meant 1164 x 640 was standard, but he really meant 16:9 is standard...grrr :/

    the same mistake sakau2007 made
     
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    I am sincerely hoping the proposed iPhone 5 looks nothing like the size of whats floating around out there, that long stretched out design looks so bad. My biggest gripe is screen size on the 4S, and the successor not only needs to be taller but wider as well...
     
  19. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    It's practically 16:9, it's just one pixel away. There is no way to get exactly 16:9 while maintaining the 640 width.
     
  20. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Again, why does this matter?
     
  21. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

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    well, it doesn't really matter... but let it be known that Apple won't be able to do true 16:9 with a width of 640 pixels.

    ...but it is kinda sad that the iPhone screen looks like it may have a lower resolution than that of the Galaxy S3 (and other phones) which will be several months old when the new iPhone is released.

    And if people don't think it matters, then why did people act like it mattered when they unveiled their revolutionary retina display (and then comically made up the rules as they went along on what "retina" meant)
     
  22. BuckeyeMac macrumors 6502

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    Screw these made up retina specs....give me the best screen/reso that will beat all of the screens out now
     
  23. needsmoar macrumors member

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    because they didn't want to get sued by Samsung
     
  24. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    Ergonomics.

    Current apps will work without being stretched with black bars on the sides.

    Widescreen good for video.
     
  25. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    Let it be known... that it doesn't really matter. :confused:

    The Galaxy S3 has a lower pixel density than the iPhone 4S (and presumably the new iPhone).

    Because it was a huge jump in pixel density.

    Comically? :confused:
     

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