Five-Inch Screen? Voice Commands? They Say Anything About Next iPhone
The drifts may have melted in the Snowbelt states, but spring is still a distressingly long way off, and so is iPhone 5's June debut. That doesn't stop the rumor mongers from spreading their "informed" wisdom about what Apple's new product is going to be like. In the last week, I've heard that it's going to have a five-inch screen, a four-inch screen, come in several sizes, be cheaper, contain a SIM chip that will drive out the cell carriers as middle-men, and basically lay waste to every Android phone on the planet.
This is all ridiculous. A five-inch and even four-inch screen on the iPhone would throw off the proportions needed for the iPhone's much-vaunted "retina display" (I can't do the math, but I've read enough about it to be convinced that the current approximately 2x3" screen is optimum for iPhone's size.) If iPhone's screen were to go up to 5 inches, Apple would have to turn the device into a brick, and remember those big, bulky cellphones of the past? Not going back there, no way.
Then today's New York Times comes out with an article saying that Apple is actually going to build a smaller iPhone to spark more interest in its product. Smaller? I find the keyboard one of the weak links on the iPhone (which I happen to love, anyway). I have small hands, and I still feel like my fingers are too fat for the keys on the keyboard. How in the world would I be able to handle a smaller iPhone? In fact, as the article goes on, unnamed executives at Apple say that making the phone smaller would not necessarily make it cheaper and might make it harder to operate.