Sunday, February 3, 2013

An iPhone 5 Inches and Scaling Interface

A few weeks ago that have been hearing rumors about the possibility that Apple releases an iPhone with 5-inch screen, with a density of 264 dpi possible, the same that has the iPhone 4 Retina display. Since the density of Apple iPhone used to make the iPad Mini, iPad density used to make a 5-inch iPhone keep certain symmetry.

But just pulling icons, buttons, text and other interface elements, would it be enough?. Let's see it.

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As affect 5-inch screen to the application interface and iOS

John Gruber of Daring Fireball said:

"From an operational standpoint, are already familiar with component reuse. From a software perspective, existing applications can run smoothly simply would on a larger screen. "

Marco Arment of Marco.org said:

"By keeping the pixel dimensions of the iPhone 5 would not be necessary application changes. While the larger screen would hinder the use with one hand, use two hands would become much more convenient to have all the interface elements larger metric and standard UIKit controls and yet this would work in physical size. "

Here's a comparison that could be shown as compared to the original iPhone, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 5.

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And here it is compared to a selection of market smartphones, including the Galaxy S3, Nokia Lumia 920 and Galaxy Note 2.

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However, the question we're doing, but if Apple would do, is if it would work the interface. From 4 inches to 5 inches all increases, each icon, each button, every bit of text, all pixels by 20%. For people with limited mobility or those keys and buttons are too small now iPhone could be very good news.

This is exactly opposite to the debate that preceded the launch of the iPad Mini, which some feared that the size of interface elements is too small for comfortable use. So what is the reality?.

Let's pretend a change in density screen and checked it out. Keep in mind that the following images have been scaled up to simulate a density of 264 dpi and then cropped to fit the screen of the iPhone 5. That means some icons, text and other things have been lost. None of that would happen in a 5-inch screen. The images below are only made ​​to show the size of the buttons, text, etc, not all complete (if you click on them you can see the larger size).

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Here's the same for an iPad Mini, clipping but with padding to fill the pixel size and different aspect ratio (you can click on them to enlarge).

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If you think about it, the iPad Mini is a tablet that uses the density of the iPhone, so a 5-inch iPhone would only use a phone that the density of a tablet. We'd have a phone with high density, a phone with a density less high, a tablet with a high density interface and a tablet with an interface with a density less high.

Then, just as there is a MacBook Air 11 and 13 inch, and MacBook Pro 13 and 15 inches, could have an iPhone 4 and 5 inches, and iPad 7.9 and 9.7 inches.

Nearly 9 out of 10 customers of AT & T bought the 4-inch iPhone instead of Android or Windows with larger screen, and about 6 in 10 customers of Verizon did the same. So for many users having a screen size smaller than the competition is not a handicap when it comes to choosing. It seems that Apple should not have any pressure to add another screen size to the iPhone line.

But if they do, the stretch of the screen offers less complexity and less impact for both iOS to developers. This is how a product is expanded without expanding the production of panels or create headaches for developers. It is a solution as Apple likes.

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