iOS 6 hints at bigger iPhone 5

By Sam Kieldsen on Aug 8, 2012 8:04 AM
Filed under Mobility

Four rows of icons become five.

It’s long been rumoured that the iPhone 5 would have a larger screen than previous models. All current iPhones have a 3.5-inch display, but the upcoming iPhone is believed to have a longer screen closer to 4 inches in size.

9to5Mac has found some compelling evidence to back up that theory, thanks to the iOS simulator application included with the iOS software development kit.

The kit is used to test prospective apps on different versions of the iOS platform. 9to5Mac managed to tweak the settings to see what happened when the simulator was running on the upcoming iPhone’s rumoured 640 x 1136 screen.

The results are highly interesting. In iOS 5.1 simulation, the home screen stretched to show four rows of icons, with unsightly gaps in between; but in iOS 6 simulation mode, the screen stretched and added a fifth row of icons, all perfectly spaced -  suggesting the smartphone will have a  larger screen with a 640 x 1136 retina display resolution, and five rows of icons on the home screen.

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