Of all the rumors that have been thrown around in regards to the next generation iPhone, a larger display is probably the most persistent. There may actually be evidence in iOS 6 that points to a taller display measuring in at 640 x 1136.
9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman has done some research that shows that iOS 6 may be scaleable to support a larger display. If it comes in at 640 x 1136 that means that the display will keep its current width and increase only in height.
Back in mid-May, we reported that the next-generation iPhone would feature a taller display that comes in at 3.999 inches with a diagonal resolution of 640 x 1136. At this resolution, Apple would be keeping the horizontal length of the iPhone display, and only increasing the height.
We’ve seen tons of leaked parts assembled that support 9to5Mac’s theory of a taller display as well as our own information pertaining to a micro dock connector that will makes its way to all iOS products this Fall.
Under iOS 5.1.1 scaling to a larger display will only result 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.
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.
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. Hit the link below to read more and see more images.
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