In a series of tweets, iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith shared his findings surrounding Apple’s iOS Simulator running stock apps at the screen size of the purported 5.5-inch iPhone 6, with dimensions of 736 points x 414 points (1472 x 828 at 2x or 2208 x 1242 at 3x). When viewed in landscape, certain default iOS 8 apps, including Calendar, Contacts, and Game Center, display contents in a divided mode very similar to the layout an iPad uses while in landscape.

These findings indicate that the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could have a stronger focus on productivity than its smaller 4.7- and 4-inch counterparts. Despite apps functioning normally while in portrait mode, this addition of dividing the landscape app view to display two separate menus would introduce a strong motivation for purchasing the 5.5-inch device over its more manageable companion.


Although this isn’t at all definitive as a feature coming to the larger next-generation iPhone, it makes perfect sense for Apple to implement such a system. Should it become a reality, however, Apple would do well to also incorporate the purported split-screen app multitasking feature set for iOS 8.1, for which code was found in iOS 8 by none other than Steve Troughton-Smith.

Having both of these productivity-increasing interaction methods in the 5.5-inch iPhone exclusively would greatly encourage many users, including myself, to seriously consider the larger smartphone as their next device, as the smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone is unlikely to pack these features due to screen real estate constraints.

[Steve Stroughton-Smith via 9to5mac]

  • Jeremy

    I’ve been telling myself since the rumors began of the 4.7 and 5.5 inches screen sizes, go big or go home.

    • Depends on its ease of use one handed and how comfortable it is to hold. If it’s just as ergonomic and comfortable as the iPhone 5s then I’m sold. Of course as a 5s user I’m likely to wait for the iPhone 6s (or whatever it’ll be called)…

      • Matt Taylor

        That’s what she said

      • Designtic


  • thetkaeo

    This looks cool. Looking forward to this

  • Jad Boukai

    Very nice idea. However, far too small in my opinion to consider using split-screen multitasking. I personally feel that function should stay exclusively to the iPad, and perhaps the iPad Mini

    • Matt

      Android phones have this with smaller screens and it works fine. Honestly it’s the only android feature I like.

  • Sandy

    I want it so bad! I’m also getting the Note 4 though.

  • Steven Code

    To be totally honest it Apple did come out with an iPhone 5.5 inch I would buy it over the galaxy note 4. I need that bigger size xD

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Wow great findings

  • Sounds good to me! Just hoping the 5.5 comes out at the same time as the 4.7! We shall see in 24 hours! 🙂

  • leart

    That would be cool..
    But I’m hoping for something more simple and basic…. apple, please put inside the box a longer charging cableeeee, is idiotic to force users to stay 1m close to the wall or pc 😛

  • Alberto Espinal

    I found this on Reddit

    • Stefano

      thats priceless

      • Alberto Espinal

        I was cracking up on every bubble chat