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The iOS simulator for iOS 6 shows that a 4-inch screen and 640x1136 resolution makes the most sense for the next iPhone

A new report from 9 to 5 Mac provides further evidence that Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a few screen changes, such as size and resolution.

As we near the next-generation iPhone's announcement on September 12, more and more rumors are making their way around as far as specs go. It is to have a slightly updated design with a screen that measures 3.999 inches diagonally (which is about 30 percent larger than the current iPhone 4S), a smaller dock connector (as opposed to the usual 30-pin), a relocated headphone jack, centered camera, and a unibody casing with metal backplates.

While some of these specs are still up in the air awaiting confirmation, 9 To 5 Mac may have figured out some truth to the screen-related rumors. Using the iOS simulator application in the iOS development tools, 9 To 5 Mac created a few different scenarios that compared iOS 5.1 and iOS 6.

What it found was that the iOS 6 version was fitted for larger displays (meaning the new 3.999-inch screen rather than the standard 3.5-inch screen for the current iPhone). IOS 6 is scalable to a longer display, even showing five full rows of apps per screen while the current iPhone only has four rows.

In addition, 9 to 5 Mac applied a 640x1136 resolution to the iOS 6 display using the iOS simulator, and found that this was the only resolution that fit perfectly with the screen size. Other resolutions made the screen's apps look like the iPad's layout, which is not typical of the iPhone.

While 9 to 5 Mac isn't 100 percent that Apple will go with this screen size and resolution, the evidence is stacking up that this may be the case. I guess we'll find out come September. 

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

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RE: So Innovative!
By B3an on 8/9/2012 3:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
They only increased the vertical res because the new iPhone screen seems to be 16:9 aspect ratio. Where as the current iPhones are all 3:2. So naturally they've kept the horizontal pixels the same (640) but increased the vertical pixels from 960 to 1136 to make up for the increased height.

But it still dont match high-end Android (and soon WP8) phones with have 720p and higher.

And its funny because Apple are now copying Android phones with both aspect ratio and higher resolution. If it was the other way around Apple would probably try and sue.

RE: So Innovative!
By quiksilvr on 8/9/2012 9:07:56 AM , Rating: 2
What boggles my mind is WHY isn't it just 1280x720? Would it really be the end of the world if the phone is slightly wider by a measly 0.2"? And its not like they're concerned with backwards compatibility with other docks since the connector is changing.

RE: So Innovative!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 9:32:51 AM , Rating: 1
That would require Apple to dig into their "war chest" and pay for an entirely different form factor. This way they can half-ass one and claim the screen is "bigger", when it's barely a change.

It's just an epic fail on their part that they still cannot meet the standard res for high end handsets, which is now 720p.

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