When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is form factors.
Recently, rumors have been swirling about possible iOS device form updates. You may have read about 7" iPads (or, possibly, a 7" relaunched iPod touch) and iPhones with mighty 4" screens, both of which would certainly throw monkey wrenches into the world of app development.
That's because each time Apple adds a new form factor into the mix, apps need to update to restyle their designs. They must meet both the physical form factor and the intrinsic aspect ratio. Each time this happens, universal apps grow bigger and space on your device grows smaller.
So do you think you see Apple moving forward on either one? Are these, as often, simply groundless speculation and spitballing? Or do you think either rumor has legs?
You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.
Full disclosure: Certain TUAW staffers have ongoing bets with certain MacObserver staffers about a possible miniPad, with lunch riding on the outcome.
|Developers have dealt with new aspect ratios before, and they can do it again. Bring it on. All of it.||436 (23.1%)|
|Maybe the 7" tablet but not the bigger iPhone. One Galaxy Note in the universe is enough||199 (10.5%)|
|4" iPhone but only if they maintain aspect ratios.||781 (41.3%)|
|A longer 4" display for the phone and to hell with aspect ratios.||243 (12.9%)|
|Android doesn't seem to have a problem with multiple screen geometries.||64 (3.4%)|
|Forget about Google Glasses, I want iGlasses! (Although knowing Apple, it will be a jump to Ive-designed iContacts)||78 (4.1%)|
|Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.||90 (4.8%)|