Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 11:39 UTC
Apple "Production is set to begin next month for the screens, which measure at least 4 inches diagonally compared with 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S, the latest phone from Apple, the people said." Cue the usual suspects twisting and turning to change the very fabric of space-time so that instead of 3.5" being the optimal size, 4.0" will be the optimal size. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
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RE[4]: You are so fast...
by kwan_e on Wed 16th May 2012 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: You are so fast..."
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Of course nothing is just coincidental when creating a technical device.

I didn't say coincidental. I said incidental, and I meant incidental. Of course choices were made, but they weren't decrees, as they were treated. People were writing as though Apple discovered the touchscreen phone size equivalent of the Golden Ratio.

The choices Apple made were, in their view, the rights ones at that time. A larger screen sucks more battery. If batteries become better bigger screens become an option.

But they probably took also in to account the size of the device vs the eyes and hands of the users. I can't be too small or too big.

So they choose a certain size, but one that also could hold all the components. Price is a factor too, making the coolest phone ever that nobody can't afford doesn't work.

So everything you wrote here - I agree with. As a result of all these considerations, they settled on the screen size they came up with. But some people were treating it as though it were some kind of universal constant, and that other companies only had larger screens because their designers were incompetent and not like Jonathan Ives.

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