There have been numerous leaks ahead of the anticipated release of the iPhone 5 which is expected to come on screen later this year. Most significantly, rumors and images suggesting the latest version of the Apple iPhone will have a larger screen than its predecessors, hardly surprising given the rampant success of larger screen smartphone such as the Galaxy S.
The latest stories surfacing this week suggests that iOS 6 supports this new resolution: 640 x 1136 pixels to be exact, a full 176 pixels more than the 640 x 960 display of the current iPhone.
Some iPhone users are happy with the current look and feel of their smart phones, but maybe the following facts will convince them that larger screen is better. The current iPhone screen is an in betweener, its aspect ratio neither falling into the standard laptop 16:9 category, not the 4:3 ratio of the iPad. Whilst the ratio of the iPad is perfect because books, PDFs and digital magazines fit the existing 4:3 ratio much better, the rumored 16:9 ratio of the next edition iPhone works well with video, more especially HD video. Most existing premier Android smart phones are 16:9 and indeed Apple’s own 1080p video camera shoots in 16:9, meaning videos are letterboxed or suffers from issues on digital zoom on the iPhone 4S.
A larger, longer screen results in less letterboxing and whilst there may still be some issues with older shows or some movies, in the main the 16:9 ratio screen will mean the average piece of video content will fill the screen more and make the iPhone viewing area seem much larger than at present.
However, HD video works really well with a 16:9 aspect ratio screen. This is because most Android phones and even Apple’s own iPhone 4S features 16:9 with 1080p video camera shots, in which the vide gets letterboxed or suffers slight digital zoom.