According to Apple’s allegedly leaked 3D models, this is the new 5.4-inch iPhone 12. In appearance, it is not very different from the iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, or iPhone 12 Pro Max.
But when you look at the overall size, the iPhone 12 is going to represent a noticeable change after years of absurd increase in cell phone sizes. This iPhone 12 will be an oasis of common sense in an ocean of gigantic nonsense that won’t fit in your pants pocket unless you’re a professional racketeer.
To give you an idea, the new iPhone SE 2020 with a 4.7-inch screen measures 138 x 67 millimeters. But – if Apple’s 3D models are true – the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 would measure just 131 x 64 millimeters. Another comparison: the iPhone X measures 143.6 x 70.9 millimeters. It seems like a small difference but the total area of the iPhone X is considerably larger than the supposed iPhone 12.
Current Cell Phones Are Uncomfortable
If you have an iPhone 6, 7 and 8 at home, grab it and imagine that the entire surface is a screen except for a small screen at the top – as shown in the images and video by 3D designer Jermaine Smit (aka Concept Creator) and the Dutch tech blog LetsGoDigital illustrating this article.
The change in trend – a cell phone with a large screen but with compact overall size – is more than remarkable. Enough for me to consider going back to the iPhone world after more than a year with the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 that replaced my iPhone 6. Mix Mix 3 is a great cell phone with a great price and great features, but also an absurdly large size that does not allow one-handed operation.
The iPhone SE 2020 or my iPhone 6 – while still noticeably larger than the iPhone 5, perhaps the perfect overall size for a compact cell phone – is a surprisingly small phone next to the Mi Mix 3 or any of the Android flagships or the iPhone itself. eleven.
But both the iPhone SE 2020 and the iPhone 6, 7, and 8 are cell phones that have an excessively small screen to work, read, watch movies, or play. And it doesn’t even come close to the ideal 16: 9 ratio.
The beginning of Steve Jobs’s thumb
The iPhone 12 would change all this, keeping the size compact, fully manageable with one hand but offering a screen with a large size and an ideal proportion. Except for the infamous notch, which would still be on top and too thick frames, the iPhone 12 would be the perfect cell phone. I hope that the iPhone 12 will come closer to the frames of the latest models from Samsung and other Android manufacturers and thus the overall size is even less than the rumor, but this seems unlikely.
But it doesn’t matter, even with those margins, it will be a “near-return” to the origins and principles that Steve Jobs and Jony I’ve established with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. The idea that a phone should be able to be handled comfortably with a single hand. It is a basic ergonomic principle: to be able to use a cell phone with one hand – and this was according to Jobs and I have the only logical way to use a cell phone on the street, in the car or on public transport – the thumb of the hand that it must be relatively easy to reach the entire screen. Or almost.
Unfortunately, Korean and Chinese manufacturers won that war, launching themselves into a senseless race to make everything bigger and bigger without regard to ergonomics or user experience – and from those powders now comes to the sludge of wanting to make folding cell phones.
The best iPhone ever
And there we are to blame, consumers, who always are possessed by the false idea that “more is better” when, on many occasions, it is not true that it is so.
Yes, a bigger TV is better than a small one – if you have a place to put it. And a bigger car is also better than a small one – unless you don’t have a large family or have to transport things. And yes, larger screens indeed show Instagram images or TikTok videos at a size that is more comfortable for the eyes – but not when sacrificing portability and ergonomics with cell phones that barely fit in our pockets and we should use both hands to be able to handle them, is that something is wrong. That is not a good design.
If the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is really like this, it will be the ideal cell phone that combines a large screen with a compact and comfortable design. And without a doubt, it will be the best iPhone in all history.