Originally Posted by JMRouse
Not sure what you mean by "widescreen effect." My point was always about the fact that not increasing the width at the same time as the height wouldn't provide for the benefits most people would expect out of a larger screen. Typing would still be cramped in portrait mode, reading wouldn't be improvded due to not being able to properly scale font larger, photos couldn't be displayed larger, so on... Without an even scale in size on all sides, you are not getting an improved (larger, more immersive) experience. The only things that would be improved are widescreen video and widescreen gaming. Who cares if you can display in portrait an extra row of apps on the home screen and another couple rows of tweets in Twitter? That's not what everyone is asking for when they say they want a larger 4 inch screen.
Not that I won't end up buying it at the end of the day, but I think it's a bad design decision if true.
I'm basically quoting you
with respect to calling the proposed 4" screen in such a manner.
My guess is that text would actually be slightly larger and easier to read in landscape mode with the proposed alteration. And hence, a better browsing experience.
The problem, as you are also stating, is that such a change does little to enhance the portrait mode experience.
A smart man would bet on Apple not changing the screen size at all. Just throw on LTE and a lighter/stronger backing and call it a day. I wouldn't be entirely happy with just that but my guess is that it would be enough to remain wildly popular.