Within the last couple of hours we picked up on a story about a taller iPhone 5 display joining something similar with the iPod touch 5G, and this also supported early reports this week. This article on 9to5Mac touches on the earlier rumor about a new display staying the same width, but increasing in height to 3.484-inches. This would result in videos being able to play at almost their native 16:9 aspect ratios, which sounds great at first until you look at the developer perspective.
We’re also hearing Apple is working on a new build of iOS 6 – the reason for this change is to work with the new iPhone display, and a custom build would offer a slightly different home screen offering a fifth row of icons. The custom features for the new display expand to other areas as well, and if reports are correct we could also see an extended application UI for more views of content. The extra 176 pixels in height help keep the same clarity found on the existing Retina Display.
Do you like the idea of a custom built iOS 6 for iPhone 5, which would feature a new display resolution of 640×1136? An editor on GigaOm had a chat with a few iOS developers that create apps, and they spoke directly about the possibility of a new iPhone/iPod touch display that would be taller, and how they feel about this change. Interestingly these app makers were not that concerned, so feel free to learn about their perspective in this article. The bottom-line: It is very unlikely Apple will reduce the pixel density of the new iPhone, as this would be insane.