iOS 6 is scalable to 640 x 1136, possibly the dimensions of the next gen iPhone

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.

iOS 6 scaleable icons from 9to5mac

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.

We've seen tons of leaked parts assembled that support that type of display, and we've previously gone over how Apple could implement a 4-inch, 16:9 iPhone.

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.

Source: 9to5Mac

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richard_rsp says:

Not trying to troll or anything (i'm an iOS fan), but is that what most users want - More icons on screen? Honest question.

To me it seems like having more icons would make it (more) cluttered; I have a hard enough time locating the app I want to use (Now using the "search" bar). I think it would have made more sense to make the entire display bigger overall. I mean, I understand that Apple wants it to be one handed, but I'm not really sure how much this is going to help...

Bartoge says:

I think its more about having less homescreen pages (most likely) to"lose" your apps in. Like instead of having to search 3 pages of apps, now you may only have to search 2. It also means more information on the screen, rather than just bigger information. For example, an extra tweet, more of a webpage, an extra fb post, etc.

I think keeping the width was important to them, as it maintains a similar form factor. I know many people of my friends (including me) dont want or dont care if their iphone was bigger. Its only when I talk to my techy friends when that becomes important.

iSRS says:

Keep in mind the more information is only true in portrait mode. there could potentially be less visible in landscape (with keyboard especially).

Dev from tipb says:

I wouldn't mind more icons, but I'd rather see that space available for a widget -- either Android/notification center sort of updating content or control toggles like SBS settings.

Jo2reco says:

Was up with tha maps icon and the google maps icon. Has apple approved a google maps app

alsaydali says:

I Think that they just want to give you an idea how will it look like, u can go to google map on safari and add home button icon

RickNY says:

The WebApp is available when you visit maps.google.com... The icon is just a shortcut to that.

Marsu says:

If this happens, I won't buy the new iPhone! I don't see why Apple would do this...

Mattmcmatters says:

I completely agree. If you don't see how huge of a problem this is for Apple, then you aren't paying attention. Samsung, HTC, Motrola et. al. have proven that there is a huge growing market for larger screens (not taller ones). But Apple can't make it work because they didn't build iOS scaleable from the get go. Which is going to turn into a monumental mistake. I'm afraid this might be the beginning of the end of the apple dominence in the cell phone market. You have to give the people what they want, and they want big screens!! And now you can get big screens on fairly small phones (Galaxy S II). I love my iPhone, but Windows Phone or Android, here I come!!

P.S Rest in peace WebOS. I miss you and love you.

Syberiyxx says:

False. Everything thurs planning with ios 6 will fit perfectly into having a longer screen. They're allowing us to go full screen in safari. The 16:9 screen is a screen many phones already have already so there's no point in saying that they're wrong for only going taller. It's all a matter of perspective and Apple has this planned out. A longer screen agrees with waay more than an all around larger one. Most apps are programmed with bars on the top and bottom with content in the middle, these will be easy to convert. And regardless, apple will make tools for developers to easily convert their apps to the taller version and everything will be peachy. Everything about the new 16:9 will be easy for developers and display more content for consumers. One day apple may go wider also but only when it's the most convenient for everyone. Apple plans everything for everyone, and they make fewer mistakes doing so than any other phone company. Whatever they do with the screen will make sense when and how they present it.

Mattmcmatters says:

I hope you are right. But Apple will have to show me where it's both more frnctional and aesthetic. They can't just put it out there and say 'ok apple lovers, this is what we've done and therefore it's awesome.' I'm not that kind apple guy and I think there are a lot of apple users that are like me. Some of you will accept whatever they put out as superior just because of their brilliant branding and mindshare over the last 10 years. But many of us do not fall into that category. And no matter how you slice it, this is going to be a very differnent phone than anything out there. The long screen has not really been tried successfully at this point. I will say though, that if any company can make it work, it's Apple. They are simply going to have to show me.

Dev from tipb says:

<quote>They can't just put it out there and say 'ok apple lovers, this is what we've done and therefore it's awesome.' </quote>

You haven't been following Apple for the past few decades, have you? :)

dolomatt says:

I had the evo 3d and I always thought it was odd because it had a skinnier screen that the evo before it and was longer. It was very off putting at first. I believe it was 16.9 too.

wafcarl says:

I hope and prey that 4 inches is final. The latest android phones are awful, just ridiculous really. People want an iPhone, not a monstrosity. One of the iPhone's biggest selling points looks and quality, something nobody can match. Swap Apple quality for a poorly made plastic phone with a monstrous screen? Never!

IamJAd says:

I don't need 4.6, 4.7, or even a 5" screen. But would 4.2" be so bad? That's not monstrous, and configured like most Android phones, won't be more long like the iPhone 5 is rumored to be.

Ommadawn says:

Gee, thanks for telling me what I want. Things are so much clearer now!!

Brennancar says:

I know that most people hate the idea of the new screen size and aspect ratio...but i kinda like it. It give the iphone 5 a unique look.

doublebullout says:

I can see where a 16x9 aspect ratio would be preferable for watching video and surfing the web, but it really doesn't do anything special for the rest of the things I use my phone for. So I get 5 rows of icons? An extra line or three for emails or tasks in portrait view? That's it? Maybe if the portrait keyboard included a new row for dedicated number keys or word suggestions I could get excited about a taller screen. I hope Apple has something more impressive planned.

DanXIX says:

You know what the perfect use for a 16x9 aspect ratio iphone (or ipod touch) would be?....... As the ultimate remote for an Apple TV set (using Bluetooth 4.0)....... Even has Siri....... Hmmm, makes me wonder if this is what Steve Jobs was meaning when he said he cracked the TV interface...... by changing the aspect ratio of the iPhone / iPod Touch.......?

Rawzza says:

If this is true, that they are going to make the screen longer I will be very happy to keep my 4s. They need to make it wider too, or it's just pointless.