As the release date of iPhone 5 nears, one of the hottest rumors has been the 4-inch display. Back in May, many blogs reported that Apple would bring a taller display that comes in at 3.999 inches with a diagonal resolution of 640 X 1136. At this resolution, only the height would be increased while the horizontal length of the display would remain intact.
There were also leaked part which demonstrated the taller screen with the same horizontal length. Later on, 9to5mac reported that new iPhones with taller displays would feature a home screen that scales to five rows of icons. The current screen only has 4 rows of icon. Today, they bring us more proof that the next-generation iPhone will feature taller display. Read on for more details!
iOS development tools have an iOS Simulator application. Through tweaking it, they were able to run the simulator at the expected iPhone 5 display resolution of 640 X 1136. This was done both on the current public release of iOS 5.1 and the yet to be released publicly, iOS 6. The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of 4 rows of icons. However, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows!
This shows the iOS 6, which would arrive as the firmware on the next-generation iPhone, is compatible to a taller display. It scales well to the taller resolution.
The interesting thing was that 5 rows were not correctly displayed by the simulator at resolutions other than 640 X 1136. Icons will scale to iPad-like home screen layout at other resolutions, which is not at the proportions and spacing of the current iPhone and iPod touch display. This will add more validity to the news that the iPhone 5 will feature a display that has a resolution of 640 X 1136.
Even though the simulator running on the next iOS firmware is familiar with taller displays, and scales perfectly to the above mentioned solution, this doesn’t confirm anything. What do you guys think? Is this enough proof for a taller display iPhone 5? Feel free to share your thoughts!
Update : Apple Media event has been ended and iPhone 5 has been released – here’s iPhone 5 features and Specs.