iOS 6 Automatically Scales to Fit Taller 1136x640 iPhone Display

9to5Mac reports that it has discovered through some testing with Apple's official iOS simulator that iOS 6 is capable of automatically scaling its home screen display to fit a taller 1136x640 display, compared to the current 960x640 display. Numerous rumors and part leaks have indicated that Apple will be including a taller display on the next-generation iPhone to be introduced next month.

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.

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iOS simulator at 1136x640 with five rows of icons under iOS 6 and four rows under iOS 5.1

Notably, setting the iOS simulator to resolutions other than 1136x640 does not result in automatic scaling, with the software instead simply defaulting to an "iPad-like home screen layout" different from what is seen for the iPhone. The observation suggests that there is something special about that 1136x640 resolution that suggests Apple has at least been working on an iOS 6 device supporting that screen size.

Top Rated Comments

iChrist Avatar
111 months ago
But now dock can only hold one icon. Is nonsense~!
Score: 78 Votes (Like | Disagree)
applesith Avatar
111 months ago (
Score: 69 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mac.cali Avatar
111 months ago

This is terrible news! An elongated phone does not make sense at all! I like the current screen size. I am willing to go a bit bigger but I want it proportionally bigger. I know people complain about every new iPhone that comes out. But this is completely different. The iPhone 4/4s always looked sexy. This is plain stupid and I hope to God that somehow this isn't true. I don't know what I am going to do.

Give this person a tissue. :D
Score: 66 Votes (Like | Disagree)
moabal Avatar
111 months ago
This is terrible news! An elongated phone does not make sense at all! I like the current screen size. I am willing to go a bit bigger but I want it proportionally bigger. I know people complain about every new iPhone that comes out. But this is completely different. The iPhone 4/4s always looked sexy. This is plain stupid and I hope to God that somehow this isn't true. I don't know what I am going to do.
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sbrhwkp3 Avatar
111 months ago
Tall iPhone: Kangfirm'd.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
URFloorMatt Avatar
111 months ago

It looks... [s]awful! It looks awkward and crammed.[/s] exactly the same as the iPhone 4S with one extra row of icons.

Removed the stupidity for you.

Proportionally bigger = Apple's aesthetic sense under Steve Jobs.

Only Taller = Totally not aesthetically pleasing.

Meh. I can understand why the iPad is 4:3. The iPhone being 3:2 instead of 16:9 is a reflection of it being first released in 2007. Time to get with the times. 16:9 is the best ratio.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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