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iPhone 5: The 4-Inch Screen

Updated on September 13, 2012

So. If you haven't heard about the new iPhone 5 by now, i assume you're sleeping under a rock. The new iPhone has a 4-inch screen (as compared to 3.5 inches on the 4S), and a smaller dock connector. The one feature I want to deeply focus on is the screen. People have been begging for a larger screen on the iPhone since Android decided to offer phones with bigger (touch) screens. A 4 inch screen would be greatly appreciated. Here I will go through the pros, cons, and all sorts of other information about the 4 inch screen. Enjoy!


Well, there isn't much to write about specs, considering we're only looking at a screen. Obviously, it's gonna be 4 inches (3.999 to be exact). It will still maintain the great retina display we've come to know and love (326 ppi). The screen will only increase in length, not width. That's about it when it comes to specs.


Believe it or not, half an inch will make a very big difference. One advantage about having the 4 inch display is surfing the web will become much easier. Since a bigger screen can display more content, reading articles online will become much easier on the eyes. Trust me, after you use a Galaxy S III, and then move back to your iPhone, it becomes tough to use it. A 4 inch screen can also be very useful with apps. Apps will be able to display more content, allowing a more intuitive experience. A final pro, which is probably my favorite, is that you will be able to fit another row of apps on the home screen. I don't know about you, but having another row on my front screen will be really handy, so I can keep more of my favorite apps on the front. Talking about the home screen, I'm sure a bigger screen will allow us to fit another row of apps in folders as well, so we can keep 16 apps in one folder, not 12. Organizing my home screen becomes a real problem sometimes. This is sure to help. Alright, enough about how good this screen will be, let's talk about the bad!


If Steve Jobs absolutely despised the idea of a bigger screen, there must have been a reason. Jobs actually had pretty good reasons. One was that bigger screens would cause fragmentation. If you're unaware of what that means, let me explain. It basically means creating more categories. If bigger iPhone were to be introduced, we have to remember that there are also people who have the old iPhones too. This will create two categories of iPhones; 3.5 inch and 4 inch. This would create havoc in the app ecosystem. Some apps that are designed for the larger iPhone would not work on the smaller iPhones. This would be quite confusing for the average consumer, and Steve didn't want that. He favored simplicity. Also, a 4 inch screen would give app developers a hard time as well. They would have to design an app for both displays if they want to get the most out of the app store. Other than that, there are no more cons. Oh wait, yes there is. You see, when Apple engineered the first iPhone, they came to the conclusion the 3.5 inches was the perfect size for the hand. In one hand, the average hand would be able to reach every corner of the screen, making it great for one handed use (I don't want to know what your doing with the other hand!)! As far as that, I've pretty much summed up all the cons.


Now I gave apps a separate category just so it stands out. Some people are arguing that apps not supported for the 4 inch display will not display properly on the iPhone 5. Well let me remind you again, the 4 inch display will only increase in length, not in width. So apps that are made for the previous generations won't have much of a problem with the new display. There will just be two black bars above and below (or left and right, depending on which orientation the app uses) the app. So apps will have almost no problem on the iPhone 5. But there is one thing I'm not sure of. Apps that are made for the 4 inch display, will they be somehow backward compatible? Will new apps be able to run on older iPhones? That's a question to be answered on September 12, 2012.

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Well, thanks for reading this article! Leave your thoughts and comments about a larger display down below!


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      francomur99 5 years ago

      I wished a larger display on the iPhone 5 unfortunately is not the case...4.5 inches like my android would be perfect...the Htc One of the best devices ever had anyway!

      I'm not sure I will upgrade with Apple in December , I can keep my iPhone 4 with Jailbreak ( It's cool) and get the Nokia Lumia 920 insted....I'm going to have 3 platforms....and maybe wait for the iPhone 6...I think it's a reasonable compromise to my wallet.

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      Oilersmyth 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Totally agree and understand!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      No probs bro, it should be out in a few days or so, I been slacking on my hub writings, reading, and sharing lately, so I could load up my youtube channel.

      Its tough but we must span ourselves across the full spectrum of the monetized zones of the web today, you know! Chat with ya soon.

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      Oilersmyth 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Thanks! Tell me when you write your article; I want to read it!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I really like your article here on the iPhone5, I just saw it on yahoo, and so I am soon to be writing an article on it as well, but on the side of a person who is a non-iPhone user, and so it will definitely be different, but possibly a fun one as well.

      Nice hub here, very informative, and I like the images you chose to provide as well, and also the tech info on the screens, and all was very professionally written but with a personal touch. Nice!

      Thumbs up and out!

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      Oilersmyth 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Haha your welcome! You gonna buy the iPhone 5 when it comes out?

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      SoaresJCSL 5 years ago

      C'mon iPhone.... I'm waiting for you...


      Nice Hub. Thanks for sharing

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      Oilersmyth 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      You're welcome. It's not confirmed if the phone will look like this, but with all the similar leaks floating around, I'm 99.9% sure that this will be the final product.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'd be happy with any screen the 5 has to offer, I just want the 5 and I want it now. I haven't seen the 5 until this hub, I did notice other photos and took a quick glance, but I actually stopped for your hub and I thank you for this info!