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: You are so fast...
by MOS6510 on Wed 16th May 2012 14:46 UTC in reply to "You are so fast..."
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

I'm not sure Apple actually ever said that the iPhone was the right size. They, well Steve, said the iPad was the right size.

Probably a number of factors gave the original iPhone its size and that may have caused other generations to keep about the same size making it easier for developers.

Personally when it comes to the iPad I think bigger is better, but not too big. The iPhone: smaller is better, but not too small.

Making a bigger iPhone AND a smaller iPad doesn't make much sense to me. A phone needs to be ultra portable. Making it bigger limits its portability, yet it's not as big as an iPad, so it doesn't get its big screen advantage. Likewise making the iPad smaller doesn't make it much more portable, but you take away its big screen and it still doesn't fit in your pocket.

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RE[2]: You are so fast...
by kwan_e on Wed 16th May 2012 14:57 in reply to "RE: You are so fast..."
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

I'm not sure Apple actually ever said that the iPhone was the right size.


No, but several bloggers acted as though every choice made by Apple had a well researched/thought out reason for it, where normal people would see a lot of "choices" were just incidental.

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RE[3]: You are so fast...
by MOS6510 on Wed 16th May 2012 15:39 in reply to "RE[2]: You are so fast..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Of course nothing is just coincidental when creating a technical device. Apple nor any other company works like that.

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.

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