Even though it's been less than a year since Apple last refreshed the iPhone, it's felt like much longer. Perhaps it's because the last iPhone update was so minor on a cosmetic level.
Whatever the case may be, for a year now we've been obsessing over this gadget. While we've seen a lot of leaked parts hit the web, we still have big questions about the phone and Apple's plans for it.
How big is the big new screen?
All signs point to Apple making the iPhone 5's screen 4-inches, as opposed to the current 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone. The question is whether it's really just going to make the screen taller, and not wider. This would seemingly impact developers who make their apps for one aspect ratio on all other devices, as well as older iPhones. It would introduce a layer of fragmentation that Apple has thus far avoided. Developers think this won't be a big deal. We'll see what they think when it's actually out.
How big a screen is big enough for consumers?
If Apple does in fact just make the screen taller, as most reports indicate, is this going to sate consumers who are buying huge Android phones? Those phones are bigger overall, not just taller.
If this is what it looks like, are consumers going to be okay with it?
In the first four years of the iPhone, Apple redesigned it three times. The iPhone 4 looked different than the iPhone 3G, which looked radically different than the first iPhone. As a result we got spoiled into thinking Apple would always make major overhauls. The next iPhone doesn't look major. It's a big redesign, but it feels like a slight change to the iPhone 4. It will be thinner, and the back will be different, but the general elements of the iPhone 4 design remain in tact. Does that matter? Are people tired of this design, or are they happy with it and just want the newest phone from Apple?