Bigger iPhones and iPads hinted at in new developer tools

The Rumor: The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will start production in July, but the 5.5-incher will wait until August. The Verdict: Definitely yes. Even though the rumor comes from the unreliable Digitimes, Apple has to start producing the iPhone 6 en mass by late-July or early-August if it hopes to have enough on shelves for its regular fall launch. The production delays on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be frustrating for fanboys wanting their first phablet, but maybe the goodies in iOS 8 will keep them distracted long enough they won't notice.

With larger iPhones on the near horizon, Apple is already giving devs a way to prepare their apps.

Everyone expects Apple to release a larger 4.7-inch iPhone this fall, and there are reports of an even larger 5.5-inch model floating around the supply chain. Heck, we’ve seen 12-inch iPad parts leak recently. It’s pretty clear that displays are only going to be getting bigger.

Developers will need to update their apps to fit new screen sizes, and today Apple provided a way for them to do just that.

Cult of Mac reader Fabrizio sent us in a screenshot of the new Xcode beta, the tool devs use to make apps for the App Store.

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There’s a built-in simulator that allows devs to test the way their apps work before compiling. In the new Xcode, Apple has added a “resizable” simulator that can be stretched to fit an arbitrary screen resolution.

So if devs want to test their apps in a larger iPhone or iPad resolution, they can do so. It’s not a confirmation that larger displays are coming, but the timing is certainly interesting.

Reports have indicated that Apple will likely move up from the current 1136 x 640 resolution to 1740 x 960 for the iPhone 6.

Update: Our tipster has told us that the iPhone simulator does not accept values ​​higher than 1024 for height and 760 for width.

  • http://www.sk1wbw.wordpress.com/ Wayne Williams

    It kills me when Android fanboys say that Apple is copying or catching up with Android in relation to screen size. Nobody knows exactly how stupid that sounds.

    • Grunt_at_the_Point

      Vice versa

    • SolarShane13

      I agree. What those Fan-droids don’t realize, is that the Android they know today didn’t even exist when Android first came out. (Google purchased Android) Droid was powering button phones then got re-engineered to power touch screens when iPhone was released.

      It’s like the PC. They claim Apple is cultish yet they call themselves the “PC Master Race.” That sounds exactly like a cult to me. It even sounds racist.

  • eggimage

    1024×760.. is that supposed to be a base resolution? and that seems too massive to be it too..

  • 2oh1

    That 1024 height limit is smaller than the current iPhone 5/5s 1136 height even though the 760 width is wider than the current iPhone screen 640 width. HHhmmmm… Whatever’s going on here, I guess we’ll find out in a few months.

    • SolarShane13

      Maybe the “non-Retina” resolution? The iPhone 5’s base resolution (non-retina) is 568×320. Retina is multiplied by 3.

  • anthonyross

    Did anyone notice what phone was shown on the screenshot slide demo today? It certainly wasn’t on any of the one’s available now. Hint?

    • http://batman-news.com Eric Sandoval

      I Felt the same way but then I realized I was seeing a 5s or 5 with the edges cut off.

      • anthonyross

        That’s what I thought but then if you look at the sides, there’s something there (like buttons or something) can’t tell. But they’ve always shown the whole phone, if my memory is correct (and that is a big if).

  • Ben Polovick

    You guys got the new resolution wrong. It wouldn’t be 1740×960, as that would be a completely different aspect ratio. The base resolution (non-retina) is 568×320. Multiple this by 2x and you get today’s iPhone 5 retina resolution (1136×640). Multiple the base resolution by 3x and you get the iPhone 6 resolution of 1704×960 (not 1740 on the vertical).

    • tornacious

      Thanks for clarifying their mistake. Notice they haven’t fixed it yet?

  • Guest

    apple copy android and android copy apple

    • SolarShane13

      To be fair, Android copied Apple first. Android was set to power button phones. Apple releases iPhone and iPhone OS (now iOS) and guess what is re-engineered for touch screens? Android.

      Everyone copies from one another.

  • Hieu Mckenzie

    Does anyone want that wallpaper on the right or it’s just me :(

    • San Diego Dave

      Definitely. I like it better than the current iOS 7 one.

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