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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 a5cent on 8/9/2012 6:27:26 AM , Rating: 4
Theoretically, 1080p is superior. However, I can't imagine a 1080p display (at 4") actually being useful for anything beyond spec based bragging rights. I'm using a 720p display (at > 4") and it too has long surpassed the point where I can tell one pixel from the next.

On the other hand, those higher resolutions are costing us in other places like frame rates in 3D games and battery drain.

What is the point?

Better battery life, better microphones and speakers, much better GPU's, and software that actually uses the hardware we already have would be much more useful than higher resolutions and more cores.

RE: So Innovative!
By inperfectdarkness on 8/10/2012 4:28:54 AM , Rating: 3
I'm inclined to agree. On a ~4-5" display, 1080p is probably sufficient. Kudos to apple for trying to push the market forward. Now if only I could get a 15" display with > than 1080p...and NOT have to buy a mac.

RE: So Innovative!
By Samus on 8/11/2012 1:52:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'm so tired of hearing this 3.999" figure thrown out it makes me want to take a dump on my wifes iPod.

I just took a micrometer to my Conquer 4G (which has a 3.5" screen nearly identical to the iPhone 3GS, ~165ppi) and it measures ~3.51" (I can't measure thousandths) from pixel 0x0 to pixel 320x480. The border was excluded.

I don't see Samsung advertising it as a 3.512" screen. Is this just some ultra-lame hype machine for the hipsters or is Apple genuinely that f-ing geeky?

It's a 4" screen. If they call it anything else at launch, all hope is lost in the world.

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