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iPhone 5’s New OS Can Scale Up for Larger Widescreen Display

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The latest piece in the iPhone 5 rumour puzzle adds yet more strength to hints that the handset will have a wider screen.

The 9to5Mac website has revealed that by tweaking the app developer tool, iOS Simulator, it’s possible to scale the display output up to 640 x 1,136 pixels.

This is a taller shape than existing iPhones, which is in line with suggestions that the new phone will have a 4in screen that’s closer to a 16:9 video aspect ratio when viewed horizontally.

The site reports that when running an iOS simulator with the current iOS 5.1, increasing the screen resolution made the four rows of home screen app icons simply spread apart in the larger screen space.

However, using the simulator with the latest preview build of iOS 6, a fifth row of apps automatically filled in the additional screen area, as shown in the comparison image below.

Apple iPhone 5

“This proves that the upcoming release of iOS 6, which will obviously come pre-loaded on the new iPhone, is well-aware of taller iPhone displays,” says 9to5Mac. “It scales perfectly to the taller resolution.”

It adds, “Perhaps even more interesting is that the simulator will not correctly display five rows of icons at resolutions other than 640 x 1,136. This may just add another layer of proof that the next-gen iPhone display will come in at a resolution of 640 x 1,136.”

Although nothing is truly certain until the iPhone’s expected announcement on September 12 – as it could just be leftover code for alternative prototypes – the signs are all adding up to Apple dropping the old 3:2 screen proportions and going wide.  

Via 9to5Mac

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