Russian site Appledigger.ru (via MacRumors) has posted a mockup concept of what a 5-inch iPhone could look like. Rumours have been flying lately Apple would produce a larger iPhone model (ridiculously attributed with the name ‘Math’), but that was knocked down this morning by further reports only two 4-inch models would be released this year.
The mockup below shows a larger 5-inch iPhone with a 4.8-inch screen, along with six rows of icons, all based on the current iPhone 5 aluminum design:
Below is a video showcasing more of the concept:
Rene Ritchie over at iMore writes a must-read about the case for creating of a larger 5-inch iPhone:
The first way Apple could go to, or at least get closer to, 5-inches is simply by increasing the physical size of the current iPhone 5 display and keeping the 1136×640 pixel count the same. That would result in larger pixels, however, meaning lower pixel density.
At 4 inches, the the 1136×640 iPhone 5 has the same pixel density as the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, or 326ppi. What happens if you stretch that out close to 5-inches? Interestingly, it goes to 264ppi. That’s the pixel density of the Retina iPad. It’s a density Apple already manufacturers, much like the shrunken iPad mini display was also a density Apple already manufactured, the 163 ppi of the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS.
Will Apple release a larger iPhone and succumb to demands for a larger smartphone? That isn’t Apple’s game to follow what the market wants; then again we did the release of the iPad mini, which the late Steve Jobs had dismissed in the past. The issues against a larger iPhone would be the burden placed on developers if a new resolution is introduced, plus maintaining iPhone Retina pixel density expectations set at 326ppi. Anything less will be ‘seen’ as a disappointment.
A larger iPhone…yay or nay?