Thursday, September 13, 2012

iPhone 5 Surprises

Wired proclaims: The iPhone 5 Is Completely Amazing and Utterly Boring. A column at ZDNet complained about Apple's missing Reality Distortion Field. Basically, the new iPhone did not have any surprises. Most of the details had already been leaked.

What I have yet to see commented on is the importance of the new screen. It is not only larger, it changes the proportions from 4:3 to 16:9.

One of the big advantages that Apple had was that developers only had to develop for limited specifications and that apps for one platform would still work on others. Yes, the iPad is bigger and the iPhone 4 has a "retina display" but apps written for the earlier iPhone still worked on the newer ones without change.

Apple changed that with the new proportions. Now, older apps everything written to date) will be for the wrong proportions and all new apps will have to support two proportions.

Steve Jobs always insisted that they had hit the proper proportions and that everyone else got it wrong. I guess this proves otherwise.

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