Heading over to the September 9 event, that day Apple will officially unveil the iPhone 6, there are still plenty of questions circulating. Specifically, what might the larger display boast as a resolution? A new find within the iOS 8 beta may indicate a change is indeed coming. Lots of things are running in our minds.
According to a report published by 9to5Mac, which independently confirmed the initial findings, iOS 8 beta 5 offers support for 3x image assets, which is new to the platform as a whole. (It was not present in iOS 7.) With this new find, it lends credence to earlier reports that the iPhone 6, with its larger display(s), could boast a new resolution. What’s troubling, though, is that iOS 8 beta 5 loads these 3x image assets inconsistently. However, as noted by the report, the 3x image is generally chosen over the 2x device via the ‘initWithContentsOfFile’ method. So, while it may be inconsistent now, it looks like it will be a standard practice in the upcoming devices.
Within the tests that were run, it was found that when given the option to choose either a 1x, 2x or 3x image asset, the code always chose the 3x asset, even when it should be selecting the image asset based on the current device’s screen scale. You can see the differences in these assets in the top image within the article. The 1x asset is quite sharp.
There is still quite a bit up-in=the-air at this point when it comes to the iPhone 6′s resolution. Things get even more jaded when you consider that Apple will introduce not only a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but also a 5.5-inch variant as well. As far as earlier reports go, we’ve heard that the iPhone 6 could feature a resolution of 1704 x 960 as far back as May of this year, while in late August John Gruber predicted the 4.7-inch variant could boast a resolution of 1334 x 750, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 could have a resolution of 2208 x 1242. Findings within an earlier iOS 8 beta hinted at a resolution of 828 x 1472.
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