iPhone 5 has a bigger screen: New clues revealed
Apple is reportedly planning to unveil the iPhone 5 on 12 September, and while we’ve seen a few hints that a large redesign is on the cards, this week has seen the most clear evidence yet. A new developer release of iOS 6, which the iPhone 5 is expected to run on launch, supports a very curious new screen resolution – and that can only mean a bigger screen.
There have been reports that the next iPhone, the iPhone 5, whatever it may be called, will see a larger screen debut for the first time – around 4-inches as opposed to the 3.5-inch diagonal width of every iPhone screen since the first in 2007. Leaked parts seemed to back that up – as does a new discovery by the clever cats at 9to5Mac.
This week, the site discovered that the iOS 6 simulator for Macs, which is used by developers to create apps in time for launch this Autumn, can be made to run Apple’s mobile operating system at a new resolution: 640×1,136. Most tellingly, when it does, a new fifth row of apps appears, suggesting that Apple deliberately coded this in in preparation for the iPhone 5.
Now, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S both have a 3.5-inch screen with a display resolution of 640×960 – the extra 176 rows of pixels found in the simulator match the previous rumours that the new iPhone 5 will have a longer screen, and less bezel on the top and bottom of the device.
Would you buy a 4-inch iPhone 5 instead of an Android phone with a giant screen? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.