Do you ever wish you were taller? What would you do? I, for one, am what they refer to as vertically challenged. At a towering 5’5” I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be just a few inches taller. Would my worldview be different? Would I be more athletic? Think of all the possibilities!
There is a device launching tomorrow (I’ll give you a hint it’s a fifth – technically sixth – version of a “phone” that “I” personally like) with a taller screen than its previous iterations. For the past couple of weeks the press and blogosphere have discussed the HD/widescreen/more content appeal of the screen on the iPhone 5 (whoops, I said the name). But there’s more to the story.
Let’s go back to my original question of what you would do if you were taller. Well, your increase in height may mean that your pants (or content) are too short now, so you could add more fabric (or again content), or maybe you could try a whole new wardrobe.
The difference of height between the outgoing iPhone 4S (@960 pixels) and the incoming iPhone 5 (@1136 pixels) is 176 pixels. As a developer, these don’t just have to be used for more of the same content, but are free to play with. Why not come up with an innovative new interface? The newfound space is approximately twice the height of a banner notification or navigation button, why not put it to use? The space can be used for additional buttons, or in-app alerts, the sky (well, the top of the screen) is the limit.
So what do you think? Should the extra space be used for extra content or are we on the verge of seeing the next new interface trend? Let us know in the comments below.