Following what seems like non-stop rumors and leaks, 9to5Mac has discovered the iOS 6 simulator can automatically scale it’s home screen display to fit a taller screen. In this case, it would be a 1136×640 display, the rumored resolution of the taller iPhone, compared to the current 960×640 display.
“Thanks to some tweaks to the iOS Simulator application that is included in the iOS development tools, we were able to run the simulator at the rumored next-generation iPhone display resolution of 640 x 1136.”
We did this running both the current public release of iOS 5.1 and the upcoming iOS 6.0 The iOS 5.1 simulator displayed the home screen with a stretched set of four rows of icons. On the other hand, iOS 6 displayed five complete rows – as our sources said Apple was testing for taller iPhone displays.
So what happens if you set the iOS simulator to a different resolution? It doesn’t really have the desired effect, resulting in an “iPad-like home screen layout”, different than the iPhone. Only setting it at 1136×640 results in automatic scaling, suggesting that Apple has been at work on a device with that screen size.