iOS 6 Automatically Scales to Taller 1136×640 iPhone Display

Several rumors and purported next generation iPhone parts have indicated that it will come with a taller 4-inch display.

9to5Mac has now found more evidence, which strongly indicates that the next generation iPhone will come with the taller 4-inch display with 1136×640 resolution.

9to5Mac has discovered that iOS 6 automatically scales the home screen display to the taller 1136×640 display with 5 rows of icons as you can see in the screenshot below.

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.

Interestingly, changing the resolution to anything other than 1136×640 does not result in automatic scaling, iOS 6 seems to default it to an “iPad-like home screen layout”.

It means that Apple is definitely working on the taller display with 1136×640 resolution in iOS 6, which will  be preinstalled in the next generation iPhone.

While a bigger iPhone display is good news as it has been on the wish list of many users for quite sometime, we would have preferred the 6th generation iPhone to also come with a wider display. What about you?

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Daniel Frantzen

    Yeah, I would have liked a wider display as well… I don’t think I will upgrade to the new iPhone unless it has some really cool new abilities!
    I’m thinking the new Galaxy Note 2 will fit perfectly with what I’m looking for! :)

    • Realist

      The Gigantic Galaxy Note is a tablet that happens to have some phone capabilities…if you like having a tablet smashed up to your face, enjoy. The small increase on the new iphone matches with the style that Apple has set out to be consistent with. “Just right,” as Goldie-Locks would say. If you don’t like Apple’s style, go buy something else. There are a ton of phones nowadays the size of a brick that you can’t fit in your pocket…We should go back to cell phones that fit into a briefcase while we’re at it.

  • Michael Kim

    Taller is not enough to satisfy the demand of users. They want a bigger screen not just only the more information.

  • Jim

    Planning on keeping my 4S until the 7th gen phone or works well and I have no interest in a taller screen… the scaling and proportion on the camera for video will suck especially in portrait.

  • Stanley

    I think they should just keep the phone the same size. Having a taller and wider screen would make it harder for you to use your thumbs all over the screen. Plus it is going to be a bigger drain on the battery. It is going to be interesting to see how long the battery life is going to be on the latest iPhone.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Don’t forget, larger display also means space for a larger battery so battery life shouldn’t be a concern. In our opinion, the convenience of using the thumb all over the screen, is overrated (we realised that over time). It’s a treat to read and watch videos on a bigger screen (bigger and wider).

      • OJ4HIRE

        ur right people are making up reasons why they can’t afford the big price of the new phone

        • brooks whiffen seale

          dood thats so true haha i will camping out for this next iphone :)

    • OJ4HIRE

      u guys are just pissed cause ur gonna be stuck with the 4s,ha,ha!

  • genXhippie

    Yes, I would also like it to be wider too. So, the screen has the same shape (only larger) as the iP4S does.

  • Que

    Yall complaining about the iphone “growing up”. Now they made it taller, you’re still complaining. Are yall ever happy?

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I too want a bigger screen, but some phones are taking “bigger” TOOOOOOO far. The width of the 4S is perfect for my hands, so logically, the taller screen is ideal for me!

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  • Johann Appleseed

    Wider! Wider! Wider! Ah hell, Apple’s not listening, what am I doing?

    Taller is nice, but wider AND taller would be ideal. Watching movies on the 4S is like witnessing a UFO through the trees… It’s amazing, but frustratingly hard to see.