Now this one is a crazy prediction and comes from designer Marco Arment, who also developed the Instapaper iOS app. This isn’t the first time he has predicted future iOS devices, and he has never been right about them. His latest mockup is of a 4.94-inch iPhone Plus, with the same screen resolution as the iPhone 5 and 264 pixels per inch.
According to him, it is very much likely that Apple might release an iPhone with a larger than 4-inch display. The phablet market is booming and Samsung is doing very well with its Galaxy Note and Note II. Customers do like larger screens these days, even if they can’t access the whole screen with one hand. Android phones have a lot of different screen sizes to choose from, which is why they’re doing so well. With Apple, it’s only 3.5 or 4-inch. A larger iPhone has been previously rumored, known as the iPhone Math, which apparently has a 4.8-inch display.
Marco believes that if Apple used the Retina iPad’s display to craft a 4.94-inch screen for the iPhone, they could give it the same resolution of 1136 x 640. This would mean that apps that are compatible with the iPhone 5 will be able to run natively on the larger iPhone Plus. Developers wouldn’t have to update their apps on the App Store to support the new iPhone. In my opinion, a 4.94-inch iPhone is just too big! Apple sold an impressive number of the iPhone 5, so a new iPhone with a larger screen will provide more options for customers and would likely do great. Here’s how the iPhone Plus would look next to the iPhone 5, the iPad Mini and the full-sized iPad.
Because the iPhone Plus described by Marco uses the Retina display from the iPad, it would only have 264 ppi. At that ppi, the iPhone Plus can’t be called a Retina device as smartphones are meant to be held closer to the eye. If Apple could come up with a way to plonk a larger display without drastically increasing the size of the device, it would be great. The iOS device line up would look better with different screen sizes. Here’s how the iPhone Plus looks when compared with a Samsung Galaxy SIII and Note II.
I’m not very positive with this idea, but anything is possible. Apple may or may not introduce a bigger iPhone later this year, but an upgraded iPhone 5S is a sure shot. What do you think of the iPhone Plus? Would you buy an iPhone that’s so big?