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iOS Code Confirms Longer Display Rumor for iPhone 5

With Apple's next-generation iPhone announcement coming in a matter of weeks, the rumor mill continues to buzz with information regarding the device.

Last week, an iPhone parts company released a video detailing differences between an iPhone 4S screen and an alleged iPhone 5 screen. Now it looks like the iOS simulator application may confirm the video's story.

For a while now, the device has been rumored to feature a longer display while keeping the same width. Most rumors estimated a screen length of approximately 4 inches, with a resolution somewhere in the 640 x 1136 range.

Thanks to some tweaks made in the iOS simulator application included in iOS development kits, 9to5mac may have just proved iOS 6 is set for a taller display.

After running the simulator at the rumored resolution of 640 x 1136, the application revealed a home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons while on the current iOS 5.1 platform. On the other hand, switching to the upcoming iOS 6.0 resulted in a home screen with five complete rows, which can be interpreted as confirmation of Apple's testing for a longer iPhone display.

Although it seems as though all evidence points to a longer iPhone 5, we'll have to wait until September for official confirmation.

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Tuan Mai
Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • friskiest
    So it is indeed a "NEW" iPhone... guess this revolutionary design would be a hallmark for new lawsuits/ sarcasm
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  • altriss
    friskiestSo it is indeed a "NEW" iPhone... guess this revolutionary design would be a hallmark for new lawsuits/ sarcasmyes with this new screen's shape Aple will sue Samsung for the galaxy sIII with no doubt!
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  • Kami3k
    Wonder how many companies they copy this from that can sue Apple now!
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  • belardo
    I think Most android makers can sue apple for coping the 16:9 screen on a phone.
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  • nitrium
    But, but, but, I thought a 4x3 screen aspect on a 3.5" screen was "perfect"??? Are you now telling me that it isn't? My brain hurts.
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  • dthx
    That's never gonna happen.
    If you look at Apple's history of screen resolutions (in phones, tablets, laptops), they always multiply the previous resolution by two. That's one of the reasons for the "overkill" in the iPhone's retina display. Anything above 250dpi (non pentile of course) is perfect to the eyes. The reason they got to 960*640 is that it was exactly twice the 480*320 of the previous gen iPhone. As for the iPad (2048*1536 instead of 1024*768). It's an easy way to keep compatibility with older programs, and avoid layout problems. The same happens when you run an iPhone app on an iPad (you can zoom x2 the application, and it doesn't even fill your iPad's screen).
    So, I'm afraid that a new aspect ration for the screen would be a bit too revolutionary.
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  • marcolorenzo
    wethrowpieWhy are there even stories like this? Every stupid little thing is picked apart months ahead of time. "The sky might be blue" , "55 different sources reveal the sky is blue in pictures", "We'll have to wait till september to see if the sky is indeed blue".SHUT UP ALREADY. YOUR MUNDANE EXISTENCE DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOUR FUCKING IPHONE. AND EVEN IF YOURS DOES, MINE DOES NOT.
    You could always choose not to read it you drama queen.
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  • BSMonitor
    wethrowpieWhy are there even stories like this? Every stupid little thing is picked apart months ahead of time. "The sky might be blue" , "55 different sources reveal the sky is blue in pictures", "We'll have to wait till september to see if the sky is indeed blue".SHUT UP ALREADY. YOUR MUNDANE EXISTENCE DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOUR FUCKING IPHONE. AND EVEN IF YOURS DOES, MINE DOES NOT.

    The largest company by stock evaluation in the world's flagship moneymaker... When GM or Microsoft or Samsung release new flagship products, do we not get butt loads of rumors for months??

    Grow up.
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  • eddieroolz
    People find the craziest way to get a whiff of the next generation product. Thanks to them, I guess we can almost confirm the previous leaks as true.
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  • sundragon
    wethrowpieWhy are there even stories like this? Every stupid little thing is picked apart months ahead of time. "The sky might be blue" , "55 different sources reveal the sky is blue in pictures", "We'll have to wait till september to see if the sky is indeed blue".SHUT UP ALREADY. YOUR MUNDANE EXISTENCE DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOUR FUCKING IPHONE. AND EVEN IF YOURS DOES, MINE DOES NOT.
    Wow, who clicked the story button? Did it magically open on it's own?

    How did the caps button get pressed?

    Were you flailing your arms between typing? Please post a video, we would love to see it...

    Draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaama :)
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