5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 to come with landscape interface

5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 to come with landscape interface
You’ve already heard all about it: Apple is said to unveil not one, but two new smartphones this year, and both of them are expected to be larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5s. One of them, however, is to be even bigger than most smartphones today and will easily qualify as a ‘phablet’.

We’re talking about the rumored 5.5-inch iPhone, a device that we’ve earlier heard could feature a special one-handed operation mode because of its large size. The newest rumor, however, gives this 5.5” iPhone some iPad-like capabilities - screen rotation.

The option will allegedly only be present on the larger 5.5” iPhone, but not on the 4.7-inch model. It will allow users to get more usage out of that big screen, and will feature specially optimized apps (in a way similar to how the iPad has tailor-made applications) with a two-panel view. This would allow fitting more functionality and information on the display.

Right below are claimed simulated images of what such an interface could look like. Android users will of course be quick to point out that this is a standard option in some gadgets running on Google’s operating system, but let’s wait and see whether Apple really implements this and how it does that.

source: 9to5Mac

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1. WendyFromCircus

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Who cares, I'm gonna take both anyway, 128gb version of course :)

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Since you seem to be rich why not buy a few for me as well?

31. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I guess working in Circus gives you a lot of profit.

33. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Haha..yeah the chainsaw helps the act..no need for daggers and swords.

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


45. engineer-1701d unregistered

There is no 128gb

3. Grenmad

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 06, 2014

Landscape? OMG so much innovation. I hope Apple got a patent for this and sue everyone else who has been doing this for the last several years LOL

7. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Can you shut up? No one said anything about innovation, just that the phablet sized iPhone will feature certain apps in landscape. Go be annoying somewhere else

17. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I agree, just don't bother with them! The IPhone 5.5 is the more interesting of the 2. Because with an IPad-esque direction we could see more than just a blown up screen for IOS, Apple will definitely optimise the software to the best for a screen this size with the IPad like capabilities. This will be a major threat to the Note line, but the screen res is going to be strange that's for sure!

35. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I still think "phablets" are one of the stupidest things ever, but I'm interested to see how Apple plans to incorporate 3rd party applications with the 5.5 version. I don't think Apple will let the 5.5 iPhone run iPad apps. My guess is that in portrait, the apps will be the same with 4.7, but in landscape the developers will have the option to differentiate the two.

39. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Sorry but what's iPad capabilities ? except the resolution of apps the iPads are far from PC like UI

53. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Looks like I was right, landscape UI like the iPad, one handed use etc etc. Where did I mention PC like UI? You did, not me.

23. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Landscape mode is not innovation...well nothing is innovation here...but if you look at pictures, notice how well iOS uses available screen. Information for selected contact on right, Events for selected date. Android supports landscape mode from the beginning...but doesn't use it efficiently to display more information. I just shows same thing in landscape mode. Well, in reality It's not problem of android...Google should take initiative to better use large screens with their first party apps...dev community will follow. PS: I am android user, have OnePlus One.

32. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually Android does support to give more information in a different orientation or even screensize. But not many devs use this feature.

34. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

To my mind, the Xperia Z Ultra and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 2014 edition best utilize this landscape feature with the homescreens and menu. Even the Note series, Asus/Alcatel/Acer and Huawei Mate phablet flagships don't offer this. Lumia 1520 neither.

36. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Google needs to do a better job of pushing developers to use these features. But who knows, maybe that's one of the reasons they're supposedly releasing a 5.9 inch nexus this year. And it's the same deal with Samsung's multiwindow feature. It's a great tool in theory, but why are there still so few 3rd party apps supported? If Apple releases split screen windows, or "when" since they've already been testing on the iPad, probably 80-90% of developers will update their apps (excluding games and such) within the first 6 months - 1 year. It's pretty ridiculous.

51. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I agree, Apple has stricter policies when it comes to developing and that's a good thing. I like my Android phone/tablet and it's ecosystem. But I wouldn't mind more apps better optimized for tablets. Also wouldn't mind less ported apps from iOS, but rewritten ones that follow Google's design guide lines.

46. engineer-1701d unregistered

I hope Samsung sues Apple over the fact that they use in the one handed method shrinking the screen down

4. gregoryyy3 unregistered

I'm excited!!

5. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

"The newest rumor, however, gives this 5.5” iPhone some iPad-like capabilities - screen rotation" Err.. Haven't all android phones & tablets been having screen rotation like forever? It's something that I take for granted irrespective of screen size or specs. Does this mean that iphones/ipads thus far don't have this most basic of features? WTF!!!

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is not screen rotation per-se. It is a different app view when in landscape view that is 'new'. For example, the e-mail app in landscape view could split the inbox to show messages on the left panel. When a specific message was clicked/selected, the full message would be displayed in the right panel.

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This new viewing mode is not exactly 'resolutionary', as earlier tablets supported the split UI in landscape mode. Apple just decided to add the feature to the latest iToy.

28. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yup my Note 2 already does this on some apps. Although the stock TW launcher on my Note 2 doesn't rotate, there are a few apps that do take advantage of the landscape mode. For example the stock email app does this where in landscape mode you can tap on the email on the left window pane and the body of the email opens on the right pane.

43. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder if this will be the subject of a brand spanking new patent battle between Sammy and Apple?

18. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

We need more posts like these! People showing how dumb they are :)

37. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

If by forever you mean since the unveiling of the original iPhone back in 2007, then yes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd6vSjlcCfA If anything, you should be thanking Apple.

41. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

There were phones with accelerometers and landscape modes before the iPhone and before 2007... What should he be thanking Apple for again?

50. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Apple may not have created multitouch, but Android manufacturers included the accelerometers in their phones because of the original iPhone back in 2007. Why do you think it changed from extremely few smartphones to now all smartphones having accelerometers? "Does this mean that iphones/ipads thus far don't have this most basic of features?" Rotating screens weren't "the most basic feature" until Apple made it the most basic feature. What exactly are you confused about again?

52. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Meant to say accelerometer in the first line, but hey, you can make the same argument with multitouch as well

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

You mean you should be thanking Nokia 2004 Symbian on n94

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