The Internet has been awash with iPhone leaks in recent weeks, but whether they came from tech sites, case makers or even celebrities they have all had one thing in common: they were dummy units. As such we have had no chance to see null – until now.
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Using motion tracking within Adobe After Effects, popular technology blogger Tom Rich has released a video projecting a developer release of iOS 8 onto a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 dummy unit. The effect begins 1 minute 35 seconds into the video and when compared to iOS 8 running on a 4-inch fifth generation iPod touch the result is startling.
The 0.7-inch jump makes a dramatic difference with significantly larger icons that make you wonder whether Apple will decide to add a fifth icon horizontally and sixth row vertically. Apple previously added a fifth vertical row in stepping up from the 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone 4/4S to the 4-inch iPhone 5. Such a move may also be facilitated by the iPhone 6’s expected jump to a 1704 x 960 native resolution.
Two Handed Device
Perhaps the most notable aspect to come out of the video, however, is null . Apple has long boasted about the one handed usability of previous iPhones, but it is clear that hitting the top corners – crucial for navigation in iOS – will be a struggle for most thanks to the sizeable top and bottom bezels. This is emphasised 34 seconds into the video when the iPhone 6 dummy unit is shown to be virtually the same size as the 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy S5 (screen grab also below).
Given the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is clearly targeting the so-called ‘phablet’ sector it is therefore somewhat surprising Apple hasn’t made more of an effort to make the smaller of its two new models more accommodating for one handed use. Let’s hope Apple has some software tricks still up its sleeve come the official launch which is expected to be in September.
Of course Apple’s thinking may well be to tie both new iPhone 6 models to its much anticipated iWatch. Samsung has tried a similar marketing technique pairing the Galaxy Note with its Galaxy Gear smartwatches and, while that has had limited success, Apple has a far greater hold over its fans than the South Korean giant.
That said one thing is starting to become abundantly clear: null . Getting it right will revitalise a range critics have said is becoming stale. Getting it wrong in a market littered with large screen alternatives doesn’t bear thinking about.
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