Evidence supporting 4-inch iPhone with 9-pin dock found in iOS 6

By on August 8, 2012, 2:00 PM

After following a tip from one of their industry insiders, 9toMac has confirmed that iOS 6 adjusts to five rows (instead of four) on devices equipped with displays which are exactly 640x1136. Developers had to modify the Apple's iOS simulator in order to work with this resolution. Interestingly, more spacious screen resolutions caused iOS 6 to default to an iPad-like layout while lower resolutions failed to scale screen elements properly. Simulations performed with iOS 5.1 failed to create 5 rows entirely.

This behavior by the simulator suggests Apple may be planning to release an iOS device which runs at 640x1136 -- a resolution which is nearly perfect for a 4-inch ,16:9 display. This also adds weight to those 4-inch screen and standard wide-screen aspect ratio rumors which have been burning our ears for a few months.

Also discovered in the iOS 6 beta is a curious reference to a possible 9-pin connector. The code, also found by 9to5Mac, reads, "0002d9c t_copyDeviceSupports9Pin" and purportedly has been in iOS 6 since its first beta.

This discovery is particularly interesting because there have also been rumors of a smaller connector which is expected to debut with next-gen iOS devices. Earlier reports suggested there would be 19 pins instead of 9, but accuracy is not often a dependable property of rumors.

One possible explanation? Engineers at Apple may have indeed been testing a 9-pin cable, but the idea was canned and developers left 9-pin connector references in the code. This is just one reason why such a find isn't necessarily concrete, but it is fascinating nonetheless. Admittedly however, with the physical dimensions of most devices atrophying away, time seems ripe for Apple to rethink its overly-complicated, aging 30-pin connector.

And since we're discussing rumors, sources from iMore who have "proven accurate in the past" claim the iPhone will arrive nine days after Apple's official announcement. The event is expected to be held on September 21.




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

While Jobs was alive he reportedly, or actually, was against both a large factor iPhone and a small factor iPad, and now apparently both are going to be produced.

mevans336 mevans336 said:

Is it just me, or do all the iPhone 5 images with the 4" screen look funny? I'm not an Apple hater (and I'm waiting to see the final iPhone 5 before upgrading my Bionic) but it looks like they just took an iPhone 4S and stretched it vertically. I'm assuming these are renderings, not actual shots of the device?

ikesmasher said:

of course they are renderings...fan made, more or less.

princeton princeton said:

Is it just me, or do all the iPhone 5 images with the 4" screen look funny? I'm not an Apple hater (and I'm waiting to see the final iPhone 5 before upgrading my Bionic) but it looks like they just took an iPhone 4S and stretched it vertically. I'm assuming these are renderings, not actual shots of the device?

Well that's what they would do. If you think it looks funny I assume you think almost every Android phone looks pretty funny too since they're mostly 16:9 now. 1136x640 would be an aspect ratio of 1.775 which is very very close to 16:9 which is 1.77777778. So when viewing 16:9 content they would have to leave one line of pixels black, something that would likely not be noticed.

Alternatively it might just be the renders aren't done to reflect what the screen's aspect ratio actually should be so they look longer and skinnier than it will in real life.

MilwaukeeMike said:

While Jobs was alive he reportedly, or actually, was against both a large factor iPhone and a small factor iPad, and now apparently both are going to be produced.

Jobs wasn't around to see two things though... how puny and insignificant an iphone looks next to a Galaxy S III and how well the Fire/Nook/and probably nexus 7 inch tablets will sell at $200.

The iPad is the Cadillac of tablets, but far more people buy Chevy Malibu's and Impalas.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

While Jobs was alive he reportedly, or actually, was against both a large factor iPhone and a small factor iPad, and now apparently both are going to be produced.

Perhaps not against it by the end of his life though, based on internal emails exposed during the Apple/Samsung lawsuit: [link]

Having used a Samsung Galaxy, I tend to agree with many of the comments below (except moving off the iPad). I believe there will be a 7" market and we should do one. I expressed this to Steve several times since Thanksgiving and he seemed very receptive the last time. I found email, books, facebook and video very compelling on a 7". Web browsing is definitely the weakest point, but still usable.

Then there is this article: [link]

Which shows that when Jobs indicated the current 7" market was no good, it was really small screen real estate. But, a smaller iPad (close to 8" has ~40% more screen space. So.. make of that what you will.

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