See What Apps Will Look Like On The iPhone 5’s Bigger Screen With This Easy Hack

See What Apps Will Look Like On The iPhone 5’s Bigger Screen With This Easy Hack

The new iPhone is coming out and supposedly it’s going to have a 4-inch screen. Rather than making the device wider, Apple’s just going to add more pixels to the top of the screen for a bigger display, which might be pretty cool, but how how are your favorite apps going to look once they’re all stretched out like that?

Well if you have access to Apple’s developer tools (which you can totally download for free by the way), then you can run the iOS Simulator and this quick hack to see for yourself what apps will look like at a display resolution of 640 x 1136.

Here, try it out and let us know what you think.

  1. Download File.txt into ~/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator (don’t change the name of File.txt)
  2. Edit/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneSimulator.platform/Developer/Applications/iPhone Simulator.app/Contents/Resources/Devices/iPhone (Retina).deviceinfo/Info.plist and add the following keys:
    <key>eagle</key>
    <string>640</string>
    <key>giraffe</key>
    <string>1136</string>
  3. Quit the iOS Simulator app

When you run the iOS Simulator app again you should now be able to test out apps on the rumored resolution for the next iPhone. This hack works on Xcode 4.4.1+ and the iPhone 5.1 Simulator with the iPhone (Retina) device.

  • hanhothi

    16:9 ratio is really crap unless you are going to watch a movie, on an iPhone? This is a bad design IMHO.

  • Alfred2612

    16:9 ratio is really crap unless you are going to watch a movie, on an iPhone? This is a bad design IMHO.

    Agreed. A phone is not a TV. What next, a 16:9 iPad? Crikey!

  • spiffulus1

    And how, pray tell, will you get your favourite apps onto the iPhone simulator? Unless your favourite apps are those you built yourself. Presumably just after, like, “totally downloading Apple’s developer tools for free”.

  • originalp

    I don’t have an “iPhone Simulator” folder (or anything similar) inside Application Support. HELP?!
    (Got XCode 4.4.1 on Mountain Lion)

  • Tallest_Skil

    I don’t have an “iPhone Simulator” folder (or anything similar) inside Application Support. HELP?!
    (Got XCode 4.4.1 on Mountain Lion)

    Because it isn’t in Application Support and it isn’t “iPhone Simulator”. Just use Spotlight and look for “iOS Simulator”.

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