June 16, 2011
Speaking of rumors, we've got another one for you today. This time, 9 to 5 Mac is reporting that an iPhone app called SpeechTrans Ultimate Powered by Nuance has been released, showing pictures in its app listing that hint at a larger iPhone screen in the offing. While many believe the next iPhone will have a four-inch display packed into the form factor of the current model, exactly how Apple might achieve that feat (in a user-friendly way) is a hotly-debated topic. However, the concepts we've already seen throughout the tech sector are pretty simple: Apple just has to stretch its IPS panel to the left- and right-most limits of the iPhone's bezel while also expanding it vertically both ways. Doing so could conceivably result in a bigger screen while keeping overall unit dimensions roughly the same. Still, as 9 to 5 Mac points out, the Nuance branding shouldn't lead you to any premature conclusions:
Nuance is widely believed to be working deeply with Apple on their speech recognition technology but this is a third party app so the chances are slim that SpeechTrans knows something.Additionally, check out the home key. It's right beneath the edge of the screen's lower limit. From a hardware assembly and usability perspective, such an arrangement would be unfriendly, ugly, asymmetrical, and altogether quite un-Apple-like. All in all, we agree with 9 to 5 Mac's explanatory guess, and that, in this case, maybe the app-maker "just pasted screenshots that were too big" onto their photo editor's iPhone template. Still, as optimists we are, we shan't rule out a bigger screen just yet.
SpeechTrans Ultimate Powered By Nuance