iPhone 5: Impact on developers part 1

As you might know, Apple has recently presented its fifth generation iPhone. A lot of new features were announced compared to its predecessors. Will the iPhone 5 be a programmers heaven, or hell?

The four inch display
One of the big changes to the iPhone 5 is the increased display with a 1136-by-640 resolution. Up until now, iPhone developers didn’t have to worry about screen fragmentation like Android developers. This however isn’t the first time we had to adapt to display changes made by Apple. Remember the introduction of the Retina display? A bigger display means more space for content on screen. This could be used to just make an XL version of your app or to totally revamp it. During the iPhone 5 presentation Apple showed some examples of these apps that complement the larger display.

Don’t despair if you don’t have time to prepare your app for the iPhone 5. Apps currently in the App store don’t require any changes and will run fine on the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 will place bars on the top and bottom of the app to fill the display.

Will this be the only time Apple increases it’s display or will the next iPhone have an even bigger screen.

To be continued….

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