Leaked iPhone 5G case suggest Apple could be standardizing screen ratio between iPhone, iPad

By on May 16, 2011
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iPhone 5 may have a similar screen ratio as the iPad.

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We have all heard rumors about a larger screen for the iPhone 5, however a new leak from Chinese website Alibaba.com suggest that Apple could be looking to standardize the aspect ratio between the iPad and iPhone.

The site carried a mockup of a iPhone 5G case, which is the “newest design crystal case” for the device. The image shows an edge-to-edge display, and interestingly, has the camera and LED placed separately from each other.

“I figure there is more to the edgeless screen than just having more screen real estate and looking cool,” Tab Julius, a a software engineer with Dynamic Network Systems in New Hampshire, told PCMag.

“The iPhone currently has a 2:3 screen ratio (320×480). The iPad has a 3:4 screen ratio, or, rotated, 4:3. I suspect the wider screen on the supposed iPhone 5 is a move to the same screen ratio as the iPad. The photograph supplied is obviously smaller, but the ratio should hold,” Julius said.

“The photograph measures roughly 105×143 screen area, which if you want to wiggle a bit, is pretty close to 108×144, which would, in fact, be a 3:4 screen ratio—the same as the iPad.

“So I offer that the iPhone 5 photo is real, and shows an effort to move the iPhone to the same screen ratio as the iPad, which would be a logical thing to do.”

A standard aspect ratio could work out for iOS developers, as they would no longer have to work on two separate app resolutions.


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