The largest change (no pun intended) to Apple’s handheld iOS devices this year was the increase in screen size from 3.5″ to 4″. This change allows for more vertical content to be displayed at once, and was welcomed by many. As with most changes to resolution, app developers have to update their programs in order to properly utilize the extra space.
Along with the larger screen, the iPhone 5 and latest iPod touch are also in the 16:9 aspect ratio. While this doesn’t affect most apps or programs beyond making more content available on-screen at one time, it does make movies more pleasant to watch. Most recent films are produced in the widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio, and therefore are able to use the whole screen on the latest iDevices.
There are some small downsides, as forum member Cloudy notes. He feels that, while the larger screen is very nice, it could be improved if the display was ever so slightly wider:
I can’t help but get the feeling that it should have been somewhat widened from the previous version. Even if just slight, keeping the proportions of 16:9, say the screen was 2 millimetres larger on all sides, so that it actually felt bigger.
Others feel similar, though the majority seem to enjoy the larger display. While a 4″ iPhone is still dwarfed by most high-end smartphones, Apple seems to have found a nice balance between obscenely large, and pocketable. If Android and Windows Phone require larger screens, iOS has proven to work just fine on a smaller display.
What are your thoughts on the larger screen? Did Apple finally listen to its customers, or is it simply a marketing gimmick to make the iPhone 5 seem like a better product than it is?