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Expanding iPhone 5 icons with iOS 6

A lot of people are now expecting to see a 4-inch iPhone at the rumored Apple iPhone 5 event on September 12. What many people are still unsure of though, is how the new size will affect the new iOS 6 software and if the screen will allow for much more freedom than on the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Some new evidence has revealed that consumers are going to be very happy if more homescreen space is a main priority for them. An test conducted by 9to5 has concluded that Apple plans to add a fifth row to their upcoming iPhone, thanks to the enlarged screen which is likely to feature a 1136 x 640 resolution.

Using an official iOS simulator via Apple’s developer tools, it has been revealed that iOS 6 allows for an upscale in resolution to 1136 x 640. Furthermore, this resolution alone is only compatible with the upscaling on iOS 6, and results in the addition of a fifth row of apps on the homescreen.

Trying out the same process on iOS 5 resulted in a slight enlargement of app space, but no fifth row was added. In simpler terms, it looks like Apple has already put plans in place for iOS 6 to be compatible with their new iPhone 5 straight away and that it is going to have a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels to accomodate further space for apps on the homescreen.

The image above gives you an initial idea of how this will work and it is just a glimpse of more exciting features to come from the new iPhone and iOS 6 in a few weeks time. How does the new row of apps look to you? Dare we say it, a little like an Android phone now perhaps?

We can’t wait to see what other changes are coming in iOS 6 to accommodate the new iPhone.

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