For months, rumors have been bouncing around that Apple was finally going to give its iPhone a larger display this fall. And these rumors have been all-but-confirmed by industry insiders and claimed leaked components.

Then earlier this week, it was reaffirmed when it was discovered that iOS 6 is capable of running on such a display, at a resolution of 640 x 1136. And we’ve got some images of what apps will look like if the speculation holds true…

9to5Mac points to the screenshots, which were taken by iOS consultant Sonny Dickson. Sonny installed some applications into the new iOS 6 iPhone simulator, running at the aforementioned resolution, and as you can see, apps that have been updated to handle the new dimensions look great.

But apps not updated, not so much. Sonny also tried installing apps from the iOS 5 simulator into the iOS 6 sim and the results are pretty terrible. They ran in pillar-boxed mode with black bars on the top and bottom of each app.

Hopefully this isn’t indicative of the final product, as we’re guessing that not all 600,000+ apps in the App Store would be immediately updated to support a larger iPhone screen. And the whole pillar-boxed thing is so Android.

But nevertheless, this does seem to further prove that Apple’s next handset will be sporting the often-rumored 4-inch display. Apple is widely expected to unveil the smartphone, among other new products, at a media event on September 12.

So, what do you think?

  • jawadahsen

    they look weirdly tall :-S

  • Alec Vanek

    Looks weird for now but as i see it more i’ll probably get used to it.

    • So you walk around 6 years with the same boring grid of icons and now your already able to geth used to an extra row on every page ??!

      How boring are you ? lol.
      Apple needs to step it up know!!!

      • Alec Vanek

        Well actually I use Android and not iOS.

      • Than how can you ever get used to some boring shiz like this ?
        I’ve been using ios from the start and defended it always, but shit gets to boring now thinking about an GS3 myself.
        Since I saw that u can theme androids icons im liking it more and more.

  • For the majority of apps its just more screen content and less scrolling.

  • It looks stupid.

  • -.- it seems like normal iPhone apps will get 2 blank space on top and bottom

  • It looks stupid and crappy?

  • Irfan Tarique

    The tall iphone is fake as hell… nobody believes me

  • Zorvage

    iOS6 emulator? Then why isnt there a camera option in the lockscreen?

    • Yes that is probably on the xCode

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Jesus christ, rlly.

  • T_T I want redesign OS and the iPhone, but this doesn’t seem to come true…… I don’t have Samsung, but I see they really can make people impress on how they improve the OS and the device. I wish Apple really can do that on the iPhone (at least)

    • daniel navalta

      Try the s3 bro

  • Are we doing this BS again? They better actually come out with an iPhone 5 this year.

    • Impeach Obama

      i’ll have the utmost respect for apple if they call it the iPhone 6 and not try to deceive people in thinking it’s the iPhone 5 as in the 5th gen so it as if it’s a younger device. when in reality is grandpa age 😉

  • I hope that the larger screen is a fake.

  • It looks…awkward :/
    Seriously hoping Apple doesn’t change the screen size.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      U might have a point, if it was finished product.

    • Dude get a life and stop trolling

  • Srujan Mishra

    I strongly believe that a 4″ display with 640 x 1136 resolution is not in the works. The reason is simple. It does not maintain the aspect ratio of all current iPhones.

    • they discovered yesterday that ios 6 auto scales.

      • yeah maybe for a larger screen in general, wider as well? who knows

    • 1337lolzorz

      U seriously doubt the 4″ rumors still?

    • 4p0c4lyps3


  • You should edit the headlines to “This is what apps MAY look like if Apple really never cared about details”.
    I’m sure Apple looked into this matter and avoided making them looked really awkward. Especially the locked screen Music Buttons layout looks way out of proportion.

    • 4p0c4lyps3


  • smtp25

    Is a movie in 16:9 going to look really sh~t on this taller but not wider screen? or will the mail slot get larger?

    • SimonReidy

      You’re thinking about it the wrong way. Given you hold the phone on its side to watch films, you will see way more of the picture on a 16×9 screen. That’s exactly the same ratio as all flatscreen TVs and most monitors on the market. So not only is the screen larger, but more of the screen can be taken up at the same time, which should give roughly 30% more pixels dedicated to the picture, rather than wasted on black bars as they are on the iPhone 4/4S

      Films that are shot in 16×9 will now take up the whole screen (no black bars at sides or top) and films with the wider “cinemascope” 2.35:1 ratio will have black bars at the top and bottom of the film, just as they do on a plasma or LCD when watching a DVDBlu-Ray.

  • same old boring iphone

    • Impeach Obama

      look and feel of the year 2007 forever~

    • aye! the UI is so…boring. I used to like that, back in 2007.

      • Aint very hard to jailbreak and personalize it, though?

      • I can’t personalize a wider screen with more keyboard space or whatever I want. Btw yes, my thumb can reach to the other side of a wider screen

      • I know jailbreak rules ! But I wish I could do that without JailBreaking

  • well apparently for ones who doesn’t think so about it actually releasing. at least now they show differences in software cosmetics.

  • david_willems13

    “the whole pillar-boxed thing is so Android” Cody your an idiot, Android apps are built to be scalable, sometimes they have layout issues on strange screen sizes but, one thing you will never see on Android is App pillar boxing… seriously your just feeding the iOS vs Android trolls, if your gonna make comments like this at least say something thats true, otherwise your just de-grading your article.


    • SimonReidy

      Have to agree with you there. I read that and thought “that’s actually total bullshit” given I’ve never once seen it on any of my Android devices. They all scale to fit the screen. That doesn’t mean they always look good at different aspect ratios and resolutions, but there’s no black bars.

  • Hugo Oskarsson

    Wow, the screen is slightly bigger! Just as impressive and revolutionary as ios 6!