Hmmm … I don’t know how I feel about this. Do you think Apple will pull an Android and fragment their iDevices?
Originally posted on Gigaom:
If those pesky “people familiar with the matter” are to be believed, Apple(s AAPL) will move to a larger screen with the next iteration of the iPhone, thought to arrive sometime this fall.
The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News reported separately last week that Apple will introduce a screen of “at least 4 inches diagonal” or “bigger than 3.5 inches,” the current screen size. What’s not clear is how Apple would go about this and satisfy both users — who may enjoy a larger screen but also want to keep the Retina display quality — and its army of third-party developers — who don’t want to have to develop for a wide variety of different screen sizes.
There are several theories out there as to how Apple could build a larger-screen iPhone. They include scaling up the screen and just dropping the pixel density a bit; changing the aspect ratio, increasing the screen height, and keeping the pixel density the same; increasing the width and the height; or going bigger than 4 inches and using a standard 16:9 resolution. Rene Ritchie at iMore has a good explanation of how Apple could get there.