When the iPhone 4S was released last year, it was quite apparent that some people were actually disappointed by it. Probably one of the most prominent complaints regarding the latest iPhone was the fact that it still featured the same 3.5 inch screen similar to the previous gen iPhones. It has been a while since Android phones have larger screens, so people have been clamoring for similar-sized displays for their iPhones. There have been some lingering rumors that the iPhone 5 will feature a 4.6-inch Retina Display screen. Now here's a mock-up of how the iPhone screen will look like on a 4-inch iPhone 5.
Users have long been lusting for a bigger screen real estate for their iPhone. But of course, increasing screen size is not as clear-cut as it sounds. How will Apple manage to increase the screen real estate without making the device any bigger? How will they implement it without affecting how existing apps work? How would they maintain the 300+ ppi Retina quality?
A user over at the forums on The Verge has taken the liberty to design a mock-up of a 4-inch iPhone 5 display. The basic idea was to change the aspect ratio as opposed to keeping the same 960 x 640 resolution while increasing pixel size. All iPhones (including the iPod touch) have an aspect ratio of 3:2.
From The Verge:
Colin's idea was to keep the shorter side of the iPhones screen the same, i.e. 640 pixels at 1.94 inches. With that in mind how much would the longer side need to increase so the that diagonal measurement was 4 inches. The answer, derived using simple algebraic rearrangement of Pythagorus's theorem, 1152 pixels and 3.49 inches. That leaves the diagonal length measuring a little over 3.99 inches, I'm sure Apple PR could round this 4.
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With a 4-inch iPhone 5 screen, the biggest challenge is how to prevent app fragmentation because current apps will have to be re-done in order to benefit from the extra pixels or else, letterboxing could take place. So what happens to developers who doesn't update their old apps? While this 4-inch iPhone 5 mockup does look like a promising solution, it is quite unlikely that Apple will implement it. [via 9to5Mac]