iOS 6 Automatically Scales to Fit Taller 1136x640 iPhone Display

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9to5Mac reports that it has discovered through some testing with Apple's official iOS simulator that iOS 6 is capable of automatically scaling its home screen display to fit a taller 1136x640 display, compared to the current 960x640 display. Numerous rumors and part leaks have indicated that Apple will be including a taller display on the next-generation iPhone to be introduced next month.
Thanks to some tweaks to the iOS Simulator application that is included in the iOS development tools, we were able to run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136. We did this running both the current public release of iOS 5.1 and the upcoming iOS 6.0 The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons. On the other hand, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows - as our sources said Apple was testing for taller iPhone displays.



iOS simulator at 1136x640 with five rows of icons under iOS 6 and four rows under iOS 5.1
Notably, setting the iOS simulator to resolutions other than 1136x640 does not result in automatic scaling, with the software instead simply defaulting to an "iPad-like home screen layout" different from what is seen for the iPhone. The observation suggests that there is something special about that 1136x640 resolution that suggests Apple has at least been working on an iOS 6 device supporting that screen size.

Article Link: iOS 6 Automatically Scales to Fit Taller 1136x640 iPhone Display
 

lewy

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Ok. So now I'm absolutely/101% sure that next iPhone is going to have 4" display.
 

moabal

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This is terrible news! An elongated phone does not make sense at all! I like the current screen size. I am willing to go a bit bigger but I want it proportionally bigger. I know people complain about every new iPhone that comes out. But this is completely different. The iPhone 4/4s always looked sexy. This is plain stupid and I hope to God that somehow this isn't true. I don't know what I am going to do.
 

mnsportsgeek

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And that seals the deal. 4" 16x9 screen on the new iPhone. 5 rows looks awfully crammed though. I may learn to like the extra row, however.
 

Jbrumz85

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Will the screen still be considered retina? What will the ppi be with a 4inch screen?
 

mac.cali

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This is terrible news! An elongated phone does not make sense at all! I like the current screen size. I am willing to go a bit bigger but I want it proportionally bigger. I know people complain about every new iPhone that comes out. But this is completely different. The iPhone 4/4s always looked sexy. This is plain stupid and I hope to God that somehow this isn't true. I don't know what I am going to do.
Give this person a tissue. :D
 

ArtOfWarfare

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What other resolutions did they test, I wonder?

Did they actually pick plausible other resolutions, or just random other resolutions?
 

MasterHowl

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It looks... awful! It looks awkward and crammed.

I'm all for a bigger iPhone screen, but they should definitely have made it proportionally bigger.
 

bushido

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omg a extra row of apps, how incredible and revolutionairy. that cant be all, can it?

and what about the keyboard?
 

Mjmar

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What if they open an app? I wonder if it can scale an app like twitter or facebook automatically?
 

Xenomorph

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That looks terrible, and not being 1280x720 is a crime.

This is a hack of the software - not them unlocking some hidden feature.