Is this the perfect form factor?
Ever since the iPhone 4 came out Apple has basically kept the same form factor. From what everyone has seen, it looks like the iPhone 5 will be following suit with the exception of making it a touch thinner and almost half an inch longer. I personally love the current shape factor, and making it a little bit thinner/longer should only make it better. Your thoughts?
- 08-31-2012, 02:20 PM #2
I would have to disagree. In my opinion the iPhone 4 and 4S is perfect as is. Atleast to me it is. The form factor, the screen size, just the look of it in general is very appealing in my eyes. I would wish they'd keep the exact same form factor they have now on the 4S but just keep updating it with better camera megapixels and more features. Other wise in my opinion it's perfect for me. But I'm still upgrading to the iphone 5 none the less.
- 08-31-2012, 02:23 PM #3
Personally, the 4/4S is the perfect form factor for me (even compared to the older iPhone's, which i never cared for the plastic backing of the 3G and 3GS...or the metal backing of the original). The size, shape and weight of the current model (for me) is perfect, and while I'm certainly not opposed to a slight increase in size, I'm really hoping Apple doesn't follow the Android phone models with the really large screen variants, they are simply too large to me for a cell phone, some of the phones approach tablet proportions!
I like the unorthodox way this new iPhone is POTENTIALLY going to look...slight longer, slightly thinner...but retaining the what we know.
- 08-31-2012, 02:48 PM #4
A 16:9 4" iphone is basically a widescreen iphone. It should still be the best screen out there retaining it's 326 PPI. With the rumored "in-cell" tech, this would mean a thinner iphone. But also a clearer, sharper, and more responsive touchscreen. This should definitely feel like a different iphone.
Currently, the iPhone's "on cell" display is layered a bit like a sandwich (or if you're feeling like dessert, think of a trifle). At the very bottom, you've got the back light. Directly above that, the LCD section, which houses the red-, green-, and blue-colored pixels of the display. Then there's a layer of glass.
On top of that is the capacitive touch layer, which is then topped off by a tough layer of Gorilla Glass. The middle layer of glass separates the liquid crystal portion of the display from the touch portion.
In-cell display tech eliminates that middle layer of glass, combining the LCD and touch sections of the display into a single layer.
Last edited by cardfan; 08-31-2012 at 02:58 PM.
- 08-31-2012, 06:36 PM #5
To tell you the truth, the most exciting thing to me about the phones that are developing right now is the fact that i know, within the next 10 years or so, we're going to have cell phones that slide in your pocket and would be about as noticeable (weight/size wise) in there as having something like a credit card in there.
- 08-31-2012, 06:59 PM #6
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- 08-31-2012, 10:42 PM #8
The Nokia designs are pretty cutting edge, and are making the iPhone look dated for sure. Plus, you get more than two colors. WP8 will definitely make a little noise next year. In part due to carriers no longer wanting to pay the ransom per iphone sold, and the fact that OEM's may be a bit hesitant to jump on the Android band wagon.
The new iPhone will sell their millions several times over, but I think there will be more people leaving iOS for something else in the next year. iOS 6 is a me too retread, and the phones are looking stale too n
- 09-01-2012, 10:49 AM #9
Apple has a product that still breaks records when a new variant is released. Every...single...time. And the changes they've made have been relatively small in comparison with the other phone manufacturers. Samsung would give anything to have the kind of sales Apple enjoys year in and year out, and they've thrown every kind of design change they possibly could at the dart board, finding legitimate success with only a few.
In the end...change CAN be good, if properly postured and developed, and looking back at the last 10 years, Apple seems to have a strangle hold on this concept and how to effectively implement it.
- 09-01-2012, 11:54 AM #10iPhone Newbie
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In my opinion the new form factor is better. I think a 4 inch screen is a good sweet spot. I'm a fan of both Android and Apple and I own an HTC One X right now, and iPhone 4 before this. I love the size of my screen but I miss the, it just works of iOS, so seeing an iPhone with a 4 inch screen is just what I was looking for.
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- 09-01-2012, 09:35 PM #13
I kind of feel it's going to seem long and skinny! But maybe it won't seem that way in person. I just notice for whatever reason I put my index finger on the top of the phone when I type. Won't be able to do that with the new phone! Having said that 4" seems like a sweet spot. Those 5" android phones are crazy!