iOS 6 Beta 4 Confirms One iPhone 5 Rumor

By: Zach Walton - August 7, 2012

Ever since we started to hear about the iPhone 5, one of the first rumors was about the screen size. Since then, numerous leaks and speculation have led us to believe that the iPhone 5 will have a larger screen set at 4 inches. Apple won’t say one way or the other until they formally announce the device in September, but the current beta for iOS 6 might have already spoiled the surprise.

Developers who already playing around with the latest release of the iOS 6 beta have found something interesting. The current iPhone screen can only display up to four rows of apps on the home screen. iOS 6 beta 4 is able to scale the screen to a new resolution of 640×1136 and display five rows on the home screen.

Here’s a comparison of the two screen resolutions courtesy of 9to5Mac:

iOS 6 Beta 4 Taller Screen iPhone 5

The increased resolution and app rows pretty much confirm that the iPhone 5 is going to have a larger screen. It makes no sense to include an option for scaling if the screen wasn’t going to get an upgrade. Here’s how 9to5Mac was able to increase the resolution on their current iPhones:

Thanks to some tweaks to the iOS Simulator application that is included in the iOS development tools, we were able to run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136. We did this running both the current public release of iOS 5.1 and the upcoming iOS 6.0 The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons. On the other hand, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows – as our sources said Apple was testing for taller iPhone displays.

It’s important to note that this just a simulator. It could just be a testing bed for new features, and hardware, down the line. Considering that the longer screen has been in just about every leak, however, there’s a good chance that we’ll see a larger iPhone in September.

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  • marlon

    Can any ios 6 beta 4 user get 5 rows onto their iphone ? If yes can you give the steps to do that.

    • Rohan Kapur

      No, someone tweaked the iOS Simulator to do so in the developer Xcode SDK set



  • Your mama

    Zach. You are one big headed bafoon.

  • illmatic636

    There are plenty of hacks that with allow to this on a jailbroken iPhone folks

  • Tyrone

    Yeah this isn’t true, I have a non jail broken iPhone 4 running ios 6 beta 4 and yes you guessed it, only 4 rows, 5 including the bottom fixed floor row. Sorry guys, just another rumour.

    • Me, myself, and I

      It’s not saying that the iPhone 4 will have 5 rows… It is saying that the iPhone 5 will have a bigger screen and will have a 5 row setup. This would not be available on the earlier devices with smaller screens.