Next-gen iPhone expected to sport 16:9 display aspect ratio

Apple iPhone 4SThe next-generation iPhone—supposedly packing a 4-inch screen, up from 3.5 inches—is now expected to sport a resolution of 640x1136, according to 9to5Mac. In fact, the site claims to have information on multiple next-gen iPhones, though not all of them may see the light of day.

The two prototypes in question are reportedly codenamed N41AP (iPhone 5,1) and N42AP (iPhone 5,2), and both phones have a display that measures 3.95 inches diagonally. (This seems to once again corroborate previous rumors about a 4-inch iPhone—one that Steve Jobs supposedly "worked closely" on before his death in October of 2011.) As some have suspected, 9to5Mac claims the larger-sized screen won't make the device any wider than it already is. Instead, the display will grow in length, from the current resolution of 640x960 to 640x1136. That would leave the display 1.94 inches wide while lengthening it to 3.45 inches, shifting the aspect ratio from the old 3:2 to 16:9.

There has been some debate as to whether iOS developers would welcome 16:9 displays. Reports circulated Monday claiming that some devs were excited about the change, but the ones we spoke to expressed caution about screen ratios changing. Would Apple want every single app in the App Store updated for a 16:9 screen, and would developers have to continue supporting 3:2 apps for older iPhones? Several developers pointed out that apps are already supposed to be able to handle display resolution changes, but some have issues dealing with things at the top of the screen (such as the Personal Hotspot bar), so there is potential for complications. How do you think Apple will handle it, assuming the rumor is true?

Source: Ars Technica

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