iPhone X Plus will get iPad-like landscape mode


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The iPhone X Plus is set to launch this fall.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new big-screen iPhone launching later this year will come with some UI perks other 2018 iPhones can’t match.

Based on info found in the latest iOS 12 beta, the extra screen real estate on the iPhone X Plus (or whatever Apple calls it) will allow users to operate it in landscape mode with extra information, like the one found on the iPad.

Apple is supposedly planning to launch a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone this fall. The device will pack a resolution of 2688 x 1242 making it the highest resolution ever. And like other Plus-sized iPhone’s before it, Apple has already started adapting its apps to make more use of the big screen.

iPhone X Plus landscope mode confirmed

Brazilian site iHelpBR found that Apple updated iOS 12 and Xcode betas recently to support the bigger screen. By forcing the iOS Simulator tool to run at a resolution of 2688 x 1242 at 458 ppi, they discovered that many iOS native apps already adapt to display more information on the screen.

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The Contacts app on the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus.
Photo: iHelpBR

The Contacts, Calendar and Messages app all support the bigger display. All three have a side panel of information that can’t be found on smaller iPhones. The feature looks pretty similar to the landscape UI found on the iPhone 8 Plus.

iOS 8 first introduced the new landscape UI as part of the iPhone 6 Plus launch. It’s not an exact replica of the iPad’s landscape UI though, which also includes a swipe up dock. Apple is expected to unveil it’s 6.5-inch iPhone at an event this fall.


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