There have been a lot of rumors flying around about a larger screen size for the next generation of iPhone. Some say it will be 4.7 inches. Others say it will be 5.5 inches. Still others claim there will be as many as three different sizes of iPhone devices this fall (four, 4.7, and 5.5).
With all of the speculation surrounding the possibility of a larger screen, it is difficult to glean what is real and what is just a bunch of hooey. Yesterday, 9to5Mac discovered a new screen resolution buried in the files of the iOS 8 beta that might be related to a new screen resolution for the next generation of iPhone, which leads us to believe there may actually be a larger screen coming this fall.
The files discovered in the iOS 8 beta of the Xcode 6 software development kit (SDK) for developers under the “Springboard” application. Springboard is coding for Apple’s iPhone Home screen. The file that9to5Mac discovered refers to where the icons will automatically appear on the Home screen.
It refers to optimization for a screen with a resolution of 414 W x 736 H. According to 9to5Mac, the SDK numbers are a point value and the Retina resolution will be double, or possibly triple what those numbers are (the four-inch screen SDK numbers are 320 x 568).
Although there will continue to be much speculation around the size of the next-generation iPhone, the evidence is mounting that we will see a larger screen this fall.