The iPhone 5 is likely coming with a taller screen, whether fans like it or not. Aside from the constant part leaks and convincing videos, there’s finally proof funneling out of the biggest and most credible source of them all: Apple itself.
According to 9to5Mac, the company’s latest beta automatically scales its home screen to fit a taller display. In the case of the next iPhone, that means a 4-inch screen. After performing some tweaking of the iOS Simulator app, 9to5Mac was able to “run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136.” Not only did this tweak work in iOS 6, but the stretched out display was also reflected in iOS 5.1, although the latter displayed a home screen with a set of four rows of icons compared to five rows in Apple’s upcoming mobile OS.
Perhaps even more interesting is that the simulator will not correctly display five rows of icons at resolutions other than 640 x 1136. At other resolutions, the icons will scale to an iPad-like home screen layout, not at the proportions and spacing of the current iPhone and iPod touch display. This may just add another layer of proof that the next-gen iPhone display will come in at a resolution of 640 x 1136.
The report cautions that this is’t definitive, 100% proof Apple will introduce a larger screen with the reported resolution. “Apple prototypes multiple next-generation devices, components, and software.”
But, come on, with Apple’s new iPhone announcement just around the corner, it’s almost a forgone conclusion that the company will include a bigger screen with its next handset. Unless we get another iPhone 4/4S again, which is always a possibility.