The 3.999-inch iPhone

I’m excited about the prospect of a 4-inch iPhone. Generally speaking, bigger is usually better.

What I don’t want to happen, though, is for Apple to create a bigger device. I have small hands and small pockets, and I don’t want to be fumbling and toting around an aircraft carrier of a smartphone. I think there’s something to be said for usability, and John Gruber makes a great point that Apple can make the iPhone’s screen larger without increasing the size of the device itself. Regardless, as someone who’s visually impaired, I would most definitely welcome a larger-screened iPhone because, well, bigger is better.

What I really don’t want to see happen is Apple going bigger for bigger’s sake. As Rene Ritchie notes:

There’s a school of thought that, since Apple’s iPhone outsells all larger screened Android phones combined on major U.S. carrier networks, Apple doesn’t “need” to go to a larger screen for competitive reasons. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t go there for predatory reasons.

Just because people are buying more 3.5 inch iPhones than larger Android phones doesn’t mean people prefer 3.5 inch screens. It means, as a total package, they prefer the iPhone. Some users no doubt compromise on a larger screen size just to get an iPhone. Others no doubt compromise on getting an iPhone because they really want or need a bigger screen.

 Of course, Apple’s MO is never to be a follower insofar that they’ll do something or create a product just because Samsung or HTC or whomever did it. If the iPhone (6) does indeed have a bigger screen, then whatever Apple’s baked into iOS 6 naturally has to take advantage of the increase in pixels. Still, there’s still a part of that’s nervous that the new iPhone will be physically bigger, and I think that’d be a bad thing. But we shall see.

Speaking of iOS 6, Marco Arment wrote today about how the design of the WWDC 2012 app may be signaling a change in the iPhone’s UIKit from blueish tones to a silvery, almost monochromatic look. I agree with Marco that while the existing look isn’t terrible, a refresh wouldn’t be bad either -- and be symmetrical to the iPad’s UIKit.