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Apple is planning to make the next iPhone’s screen a little bigger, according to several recent reports.The latest rumours suggest the new iPhone will have a 4-inch screen, up from the current 3.5-inch screen. Apple is expected to make the iPhone screen taller, but not wider.
This would mark the first time Apple changed the dimensions of the iPhone’s screen and there are concerns that it could cause fragmentation issues for developers.
Business Insider reached out to several prominent app developers to get their take on the rumours and to find out whether they are happy or unhappy about the prospect of a larger iPhone screen.
For the most part, they don’t think it will be a problem. The only concern we heard repeatedly was about “resolution”. As long as Apple doesn’t mess with that, it should be all good.
Here are some short reactions from developers:
- Dave Castelnuovo, creator of Pocket God: “If they kept the same resolution, it would be fine for us. If they actually change the resolution in any way, it would be a headache. Our games, as it stands, wouldn’t work on the device. We’d have to follow it up with another update and put special code in there to deal with the change… It might take a month’s extra work.”
- Akshay Kothari, co-creator of Pulse: “There are positives to having slightly larger devices. From our perspective, with a little more size, we will get bigger images that people can see, and it might make for an interesting consumption experience. Our case is slightly different too because we have dealt with this problem already on Android. So for us to actually tweak it and make it work wouldn’t require that much extra work because we have processes in place to deal with it.”
- Landon Judkins, lead iPhone developer for Stamped: “If the transition is handled correctly, as Apple always seems to do, the 4-inch screen would give us more real estate to build a great product, which benefits everyone from developers to users.”
- Danilo Campos, iOS developer for Hipmunk: “The conjecture I’m buying, because it feels most consistent with Apple’s priorities, is that the screen width and horizontal resolution will remain the same – but the screen height and vertical resolution will scale upward to hit the 4 inch mark. If Apple does this, it’s actually pretty great news. The user gets to see more content at once. Auto-scaling height this way is already supported by Apple’s layout tools. There’s a decent chunk of apps, if they set their auto resizing masks properly, where developers wouldn’t even have to change anything to support a taller display. So, if this happens – and it seems like the most Apple-y outcome I’d imagine – I’m losing zero sleep. If they alter the screen resolution in multiple dimensions, well, then things get a bit more complicated.”
- Robert Haining, iOS developer at News.me: “I don’t think there are that many advantages to having a slightly larger screen. I don’t imagine the UI would be drastically different until you hit a screen size closer to that of the iPad. That said, if they did indeed introduce a larger screen or change the aspect ratio, I would update our app appropriately, but I’d guess it wouldn’t drastically change all that much.”
- Vadim Chernega, CEO of Digi117, creator of Casino by Zeniz: “I would be surprised if Apple did this because they certainly realise how many challenges there are for quality game developers. For us, as developers, it’s a huge challenge and we would definitely be a bit stressed out. It would probably force us to throw in another 20%-25% in terms of time and money.”
- Loren Brichter, former Apple employee and the developer behind Tweetie: “I think there is wiggle room to make the screen bigger – maintaining the existing aspect ratio – without making the device itself bigger. Just eat into the bezel.”
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