iOS 6 is scalable to 640 x 1136, possibly the dimensions of the next gen iPhone
Of all the rumors thrown around in regards to the next generation iPhone, a larger display is one of the most interesting and persistent. And now there may actually be evidence in iOS 6 that points to a taller display, and a pixel count measuring 640 x 1136. 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman did some digging into the iOS simulator -- the program that lets you test iOS apps on the Mac -- and found that that resolution not only works, but seems programmed in.
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.
Under iOS 5.1.1, scaling to a larger display result only in the same 4 rows of icons that we currently see on the iPhone Home screen. The difference in iOS 6 is that the iOS simulator will actually scale to fit a full 5 rows of icons on a display sized at 640 x 1136.
9to5Mac has also confirmed that no other combination if display size will scale correctly. At this stage it's unlikely that Apple is still testing prototypes. It may be more likely that we'll see a taller iPhone with these dimensions come Apple's official announcement this Fall.
Having the 640 x 1136 resolution supported in the iOS 6 simulator is just one more piece of the puzzle. We'll only know for sure when Apple updates all of their iOS products this Fall. In the meantime, hit the link below to read more and see more images.