This app is optimized for iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by BSDanalyst, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. BSDanalyst macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    Under compatibility of virtually every single app, at the end of the long list of devices it says "This app is optimized for iPhone 5."

    Does that mean it doesn't run as well on the iPad Air due to resolution or other factors? What about the iPhone 5S or iPhone 4S?
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    It means it takes into consideration of the 5/s bigger screen (more pixels) vs last generation 4/s. I dunno about the iPad.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    That's put there by Apple to indicated the app takes advantage of the whole 16:9 ratio screen.

    All iPads have the same aspect ratio hence no special disclaimer.
  4. BSDanalyst thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2013
    Hong Kong
    Thanks. How do we know if an app is optimized for iPad or iPhone?
  5. Jantelagen, Dec 23, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2014

    Jantelagen macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010

    This plus sign indicates that the app is Universal, i.e. that it utilizes all the screen space of both the iPhone and the iPad.

    Apps exclusively for iPhone or iPad do not show any sign in the corner. You can download the iPhone apps onto your iPad and use them with a black border around them, but if you try to download an iPad app onto your iPhone, App Store will tell you that the app you're tying to download is an iPad only app. Furthermore, the apps that are iPad exclusive tends to say so in the app description.

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