Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2012 19:13 UTC
Apple As expected, Apple announced its new iPhone tonight, dubbed the iPhone 5. The rumours and leaks nailed it, with the most prominent feature being the move from 3.5" to 4" (1136x640). Due to the way iOS handles resolutions, applications need to be adapted for this new display, and if they are not, they will be letterboxed (black bars). It has a faster processor, better camera, LTE, and several other improvements, while the. As always, Apple does it right: shipping 21 September in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore - the rest of the world will follow later.
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RE[2]: Letterboxed.
by plague on Thu 13th Sep 2012 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Letterboxed."
plague
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2006-05-08

They basically had two resolutions: 480x320 and 1024x768.
The other two are just multiples of those.
Now they kinda, sorta, added a third: 1136x640.

And they basically made the exact same mistake as the TV makers did when they decided on 1366x768 for "HD Ready", instead of following the 16:9 standard resolution 1280x720, because keeping the vertical resolution compatible with the standard 1024x768 was oh so much more important than keeping every god damned 720p movie from beeing badly upscaled 86 pixels horizontally and 48 pixels vertically.

1136x640 is NOT 16:9 (nor a standard resolution), 1136/16=71 71*9=639, so they either put a one-pixel black bar for 16:9 content or they upscale that pixel. Sure, most people won't notice a damn thing, but it's just not good design, plain and simple.

Now I know you could claim it's not for viewing movies/videos anyways, but come on, why do you think they finally went with widescreen? Movies and/or videos.

Btw, expect the next iPad to have a 2732x1536 resolution. Hint: it's a multiple of 1366x768.

Crappy design.

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