iPhone 5: Will the bigger screen make me look ugly?
Speculations about a bigger iPhone 5 screen have been mentioned by some of the biggest websites namely Wall Street Journal and Reuters. The Wall Street Journal was still contended with a 4 inch display. Reuters increased it to point six more. Assuming the reputation these sites carry, let’s assume this is true to an extent. Good then for those who have always desired for a slightly bigger screen.
What about the developers but? Would this be a welcome change for them? Opinions vary.
“It creates problems and opportunities, as with anything,” observed Lisa Calkins, CEO of mobile applications developer Amadeus Consulting. She is not worried about the functionality of apps but raises concerns for the looks of those apps. “It isn’t that the app wouldn’t functionally work, but it may not look as great as it would have looked when it was smaller”
Whereas Craig Palli, vice president for client services & business development for Fiksu, a consulting firm for app developers, has a different opinion. He understands Apple has dealt with cases like these before. The iPad runs the same apps on its 9.7 inch display. The distinction is set by the standards. First Apple developed a set of standards for the iPhone 3.5 inch display, then for the iPad. And now, it may be a third set for a “universal build” that could be balance all the devices.
“Apple could introduce another set of standards for this device type, or they could stretch their universal build proposition,” reportedly said Palli. Palli in fact look at this in an enthusiastic manner. “By increasing the size of the iPhone, it almost creates an opportunity to blend the best of both form factors — a little more portability than an iPad, but richer than an iPhone in richer engagement experiences,” he maintained. “That’s a nice win for the app developer.”
Another Analyst Howe thinks if Apple increases the size of the iPhone’s display, it will increase the height of the screen but not its width. That way, legacy apps could run in a “letterbox” on the new device without any changes being made to the older app. “They’ll look fine,” he opined. “They’ll look great.”
“That’s the approach I expect Apple to take,” he said.
“I think with iOS 6, Apple will go to resolution independent because we’re going to see a lot more types of screens in the future, “and it will provide a legacy accommodation that will make the old apps run fine without any changes.”-Howe concluded.