Using Apples iOS simulator 9to5Mac have found out that iOS 6 is capable of scaling its home screen display to the resolution of 1136×640 which is larger that the current resolution of the iPhone 4S at 960×640. The resolution that the iOS 6 simulator generates with the current rumours of a larger screen on the next iPhone shows some promise that this could be the case. When the iOS 6 simulator is used and a resolution that is not 1136×640 is not selected the simulator cannot automatically scale the home screen. When the iOS simulator is used and the resolution is not 1136×640 is selected the simulator goes into a iPad style home screen layout which is different form the iPhone style home screen layout.
Thanks to some tweaks to the iOS Simulator application that is included in the iOS development tools, we were able to run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136. We did this running both the current public release of iOS 5.1 and the upcoming iOS 6.0 The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons. On the other hand, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows – as our sources said Apple was testing for taller iPhone displays.
The image above shows the scaling ability of the iOS 6 and in turn iOS 6, the images also shows how the larger screen will compensate for more icons without a squeeze like effect. The current screen resolution of iOS 5.1 allows for 16 apps on a home page plus the apps in the dock, with iOS 6 with a larger display it will be allow 20 apps plus the apps in the dock to be displayed. The iPhone 5 and iOS is expected to be announced at the end of this months or early September with the release of the iPhone a few weeks later.
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