We have already seen mockups of what a larger 5-inch iPhone would look like, but now Instapaper founder Marco Arment throws his mockups into the mix, and envisions a 4.94-inch iPhone with 264PPI, in what has been rumoured as the “iPhone Plus” or “iPhone Math”:
The theory is easy to understand: perform John Gruber’s Mini-predicting math backwards. The iPad Mini uses iPhone 3GS-density screens at iPad resolution. What if an iPhone Plus used Retina iPad screens with iPhone 5 resolution, keeping the rest of the design sized like an iPhone 5?
Its 640×1136, 264 DPI screen would measure 4.94” diagonally, and it would look roughly like this next to an iPhone 5:
As Android competitors have had success with larger smartphones or “phablets” (cool word), it remains to be seen whether Apple would introduce a larger iPhone, based on consumer demand.
However with the introduction of the iPad mini, we never know what direction Apple will proceed even though on the surface they state the current iPhone 5 screen size is the “right one” for one-handed operation (stressed numerous times in their TV ads), as clarified by CEO Tim Cook in the most recent Q1 2013 earnings call:
Bill Shope – Goldman Sachs
Okay, great. Thank you. Katy had alluded to this, many of your smartphone competitors are now focusing on differentiating themselves with larger screen sizes than that of the iPhone 5 in your predecessor products. I mean, how do you think about the competitive dynamics for the market right now? In that respect, do you think that’s a valid point of differentiation? And do you think there is a long-term case for a larger screen size or at least the larger variety of screen sizes for iPhones and for the smartphone category in general?
Tim Cook – Chief Executive Officer
Hi Bill, it’s Tim. The iPhone 5 offers as you know a new 4-inch Retina display, which is the most advanced display in the industry and no one comes close to matching the level of quality as the Retina display. It also provides a larger screen size for iPhone customers without sacrificing the one headed ease-of-use that our customers love. So, we put a lot of thinking into screen size and believe we’ve picked the right one.
Many users want Apple to further evolve their operating system, which has remained relatively the same since its launch with the original iPhone in 2007, although iterations have added numerous features along the way (iOS 6.1 was released a few days ago).
What’s more important for Apple–a refreshed iOS 7 at this summer’s WWDC, or a larger 5-inch iPhone? Or both?