Originally Posted by alex-fitton
They should just patent the processor and get it over and done with. They would be the only person who can build a Computer then.
(i haven't looked if there already is patents on it)
Actually I'm pretty sure Apple has the patent for allowing external devices like memory, the gpu, and the mouse/keyboard to contact the CPU.
Originally Posted by steelbom
Actually, everything will be proportionally larger. That letter on the iPhone 5 will be larger than it was on the iPhone 4, since the pixels are physically larger and need to be stretched further across the display. Look at a 23" monitor with a 1080p resolution and then a 27" monitor with a 1080p resolution, you'll see the same content much larger on the latter. The only way to fit more content would be to proportionally shrink the UI according to the increase in screen size, which in my mind would be very difficult.
Actually it won't. Computer monitors have a low DPI (usually around 100). It makes sense for 1 dot to equal 1 pixel, but that doesn't make sense in smartphones, where displaying text like that makes it unreadable.
Look at the difference between the 3GS and 4. The text and icons in the 3GS are the same size as they are in the 4, despite being just 1/4 of the resolution. If they weren't the iPhone 4's screen would look like this:
Shrinking the UI proportional to the DPI isn't hard. Android does it. Even Windows can do it. In Android the scaling is based on the DPI value found in the settings. When you write apps in Android you target a DPI range, not a specific resolution, and Android takes care of the rest.
Tweaking the value gives you some interesting results:
I believe this was on the original Galaxy Tab. Dropping the DPI setting allows you to display text at the same size as on a smartphone, despite the larger screen size.