In addition to the big ones in iOS 6 and a host of lesser-known but otherwise welcome enhancements, every now and then a small tweak surfaces, capturing our imagination and delighting us with simplicity. More often than not, these little nuggets clearly prove Apple remains as obsessed with agonizing over every little aspect of its products as it’s ever been. For example, the FaceTime preview window where a live video stream of the person you’re calling is displayed now indicates their device’s aspect ratio…

A reader sent this in:

A friend of mine discovered that the shape of the FaceTime preview window is the ratio of the iPhone you’re FaceTimig with.

Nice catch!

He goes on to note that the FaceTime preview window representing a video stream coming from the iPhone 4/4S will look 3:2, as you’d expect. But when on a FaceTime call with an iPhone 5 owner, the preview window turns 16:9.

This makes sense because the iPhone 5 has a taller display with nearly 16:9 aspect ratio. Prior iPhone all have 3:2 screens and iPads are 4:3. It’s logical the preview window would reflect that.

Now that I’ve come to think of it, funny how we missed this slight tweak.

FaceTime call with a person using an iPhone 4S, as indicated by the 3:2 preview window.

Notice the 16:9 preview window indicating a FaceTime call with an iPhone 5 owner.

It’s a subtle and interesting nice-to-have which highlights attention to detail that Apple puts into iOS. It’s stuff like this (also, this and this) which makes us proud to be using the iOS platform, don’t you think?

Kudos to our reader Aaron S. who tipped us on this.

  • Nice

  • chjode

    iPhones (through the 4S) and iPods touch have 3:2 aspect ratio displays. iPads have 4:3 aspect ratio displays. The iPhone 5 and newest iPod touch have 16:9 aspect ratio displays.

  • Iphones have 3:2, iPads 4:3 and the iPhone 5 has Nearly 16:9 but Not exactly.

  • holy macaroni !
    thats really big news

  • I’m proud using iOS platform, and I’m still amazed by its quality day after day.

    I also noticed a new feature that nobody talked about … The possibility to customize reminder locations, now we can choose an address of someone or an address we enter manually, and it shows it on the map. That’s a great feature, i think.

    • Falk M.

      That was long overdue, I cannot comprehend how they missed this obvious lack of functionality.
      IMHO, that would be in my top 5 bullet points in the conference where the concept of the Reminders app has been discussed.

      I’m not going to address book every address I’ll ever have to go to or leave from in the future.

      Still scratching my head why that necessity didn’t make the jump into iOS5.

      • I agree, we should have the possibility to fully custom our locations reminders, like putting a pin directly on the map !

        Maybe in iOS7, as they slowly improve reminders app… Haha

  • Lupius

    I’m just boggled by the fact that you’re calling it the “preview” window. What is it exactly that you’re “previewing”?

  • Ruslan Lisichenko

    Psht. Big news. I knew that since day one.

  • So literally just found another nifty trick in iOS. If you are in camera capture mode and you press the down volume button, the opposite of the shutter up button, it will take you directly back to the camera. So if you take a picture, go to view it and then see another pitcture moment, quickly press the down volume button to go back to the camera. Just another stubtle yet useful shortcut in iOS 6.

    • Sorry, photo view mode, after a picture is taken. It takes you back to camera capture mode.

  • It’s the little things that count, they make things that little bit better even though they are not even noticed most of the time.

  • Josinaldo Luiz

    como colocar na tela inicial do iphone 4?

  • Josinaldo Luiz

    preciso colocar o aplicativo do facetime na tela inicio favor me ajude