Why Four Inches?

I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of weeks now, but I now have a theory as to why Apple increased the iPhone’s screen size from 3.5 inches to 4.

Apple made a short term negative design change for a long term benefit. The iPhone 5 is a temporary holdover until they figure out a design flaw. Want to know what that flaw is? It’s this:


Yep. It’s that top bar with the camera and speaker. There is a time when you have to make a tough decision to pave the way forward. Maybe the only way to make this thing go and not make the phone “feel” weird was to extend the height of the screen, and then snip off the top.

iPhone 5:


iPhone 6:


I know, I know, my Photoshop skills need some work.

To be frank, I just got the new iPod Touch (which is practically identical in size to the iPhone 5), and I’m kinda liking it, so I’m not actually sure if this will happen. But it’s a theory, and I think it’s plausible. If you don’t think Apple would do this, look no further than the iPod nano.