May 23, 2012, 11:15 AM —
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Google might be getting its layoff machine rolling again, Samsung’s stylus-oriented Galaxy Note tablet is due soon, and Apple, dear Apple, is having its video ambitions debated in a wide public rumor exchange. Let’s get to this Wednesday’s rumor roundup.
Apple’s next iPhone: 16:9?
Details: 9to5 Mac doesn’t give specifics on its source, other than that it has “heard” the following:
Both of these phones sport a new, larger display that is 3.999 inches diagonally. Apple will not just increase the size of the display and leave the current resolution, but will actually be adding pixels to the display. The new iPhone display resolution will be 640 x 1136. That’s an extra 176 pixels longer of a display. The screen will be the same 1.9632 inches wide, but will grow to 3.484 inches tall. This new resolution is very close to a 16:9 screen ratio, so this means that 16:9 videos can play full screen at their native aspect ratio.
Diaz’s counterpoint is that this doesn’t make sense for content producers, or customers, and doesn’t gibe with the kind of screen Apple would have to produce to get proper 16:9, which seems technically impossible at the moment.
While a 16:9 screen would fit this content perfectly, it would also push that "problem" elsewhere. It will actually make it even bigger. There are tens of thousands of movies and videos filmed in other formats (both 4:3 and all kinds of panoramic aspect ratio). More importantly, there are hundreds of thousands of apps and video games that are not designed for 16:9. Even if scaled, that will bring letterboxing to a much broader range of content.
Likelihood: It seems like the next iPhone will be bigger. Apple has already shown a willingness to break form factor with every other phone or so, expecting accessory makers to grin and bear it. But the 16:9 standard does seem like something Apple won’t feel compelled to hit. If you desperately want to see Blu-Ray-quality films on an Apple screen, they have iPads for sale.