A New Theory for a 4-Inch iPhone Display

Posted on April 11, 2012 by

We probably won’t see a new iPhone until this fall, but as usual, we are hearing lots of different rumors and speculation on what the device will look like and whether it will have a larger display or not. Every year claims are made that the next iPhone’s display will be larger than the current 3.5-inch, but so far they have all turned out to be false.

Although I personally think the 3.5-inch screen is fine, there is some speculation that Apple will need to increase the size of the next iPhone to accommodate for a larger battery to handle increased battery usage by 4G LTE technology. If Apple increased the size of the display, this would be a good way to give a little more room for the battery. I just hope they don’t make it awkwardly large like many Android phones on the market.

A user in The Verge’s forums has come up with an interested theory on how Apple could move to a 4-inch display in a future iPhone:

Change the aspect ratio. As I mentioned above, all iPhones (and iPod touches) have had an aspect ratio of 3:2. Could Apple change the aspect ratio to increase the screen size while maintaining the same 326ppi (pixels per inch)?

…For those of you who are good with numbers I’m sure you’ve noted that 1152 x 640 has an aspect ratio of 9:5 and the 1152 pixels is an increase of 192 from 960 and that’s 20% more than on the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Changing the resolution and aspect ratio would cause some issues for app developers. I would never imagine Steve Jobs’ Apple creating Android-like fragmentation like this, but with the genius gone, it’s hard to tell what will happen.

What do you think? Will Apple increase the screen size on the next iPhone?

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