Apple to put the iPad on notice with landscape iPhone X Plus apps mode

Back in the spring, Bloomberg tipped the eventual resolution of the upcoming 6.5" X Plus - the largest iPhone screen ever. "The phablet is codenamed D33, a person familiar with its development says, and at least some prototypes include a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688," revealed an insider at the time, and, lo and behold, that's exactly the resolution dug out deep from the iOS 12 beta code by some lucky Brazilian programmers.

They forced 1242 x 2688 in the iOS 12 emulator with the new beta 5, and suddenly apps like Calendar or Messages appeared in split-screen mode, like on the iPad, when turned in landscape. Moreover, in portrait mode this resolution showed much more content on one screen than before, though there are some kinks towards the top end where the notch is, as you can see from the emulator screenshots below, which will probably be ironed out by the time the iPhone X Plus launches.

With the Calendar app, your events and your overview will appear on separate sides of the phone, while Messages will let you view a thread content on the right, and all others on the left. Contacts are split in a useful manner, too, with details of a single one on one side, and a scroll-through list on the other for faster preview. 

All in all, Apple seems determined to make the best use of the largest display on an iPhone ever, otherwise it wouldn't have bothered developing all this support in the latest iOS 12 beta, but something tells us that the head of sales in the iPad division will be the least happy person when the 6.5" iPhone X Plus launches.

source: iHelpBR (translated) via 9to5Mac

Related phones

iPhone XS Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A12 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2490 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3179 mAh(25h talk time)



1. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

This doesn't confirm split screen. I notice the same app on screenshots. Just having a side pane, as in tablets, doesn't mean split screen.

2. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yeah. PA is good at writing clickbait titles.

3. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Even if they did it, the ugly NOTCH will kill the experiment and make it bad!!

4. mikedemoda

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

that X Plus is an insta-buy

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31664; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope so, and if’s about time. This is sorely needed on the iPhone, along with picture in picture, Pencil support.

10. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

Only the Note series will have these Apple fans users from the past hated and bashed all the gimmick features that was on Samsung phones, and know they want them know. Lmao. You ain't getting them...

7. Venom

Posts: 3833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Congratulations Apple. You finally brought a much needed feature to the iphone. Oh wait, just for the iphone X Plus? I'm not going to shell out $1K for a phone. You can do much better than this Apple. Much better. The regular iPhones are more than capable of handling split screen view. You're lagging behind when you should be setting the standard.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

What they are doing here is exactly what apps on the iPad have been doing for quite a while. When you turn the phone to landscape mode, the app expands and simply puts the details on one side vs what is being displayed on the other. Email - subject on one side, body on the other Calendar - date on one side, details of the date on the other. Android has been doing this since Gingerbread. I would say, that since the iPhone use to be so small and only had a 720p or less resolution, doing this on such a small display would have been too cramped. Now that the phone is larger, it makes sense. But android has had 5.5+" displays since 2013, so this is just old news now.

8. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The 6.1 iPhone is an insta-buy. Just hope they don't use 326ppi cuz that's starting to look like garbage. 400 or over like the plus iPhones would be nice.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Wtf does this example have to do with split screen?

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The ability to show 2 different forms of data at the same time, qualifies as split-screen Whether its 2 different forms of data from a single app or multiple apps. Samsung doubles this capability because their apps already show 2 forms of data splt, and its within the same app, and with 2 different apps.

11. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

That ain't split screen! That's merely a side pane. Shame on you PA. Apple won't do split screen on iPhones after 3 more years

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

split screen - Computer Definition The display of two or more sets of data on screen at the same time. It implies that one set of data can be manipulated independently of the other. This was a popular term with DOS applications and other character-based text screens. Today, a window implies the same thing. According to this, this is some type of "splitscreen view". But its not the same as using multiple apps in the same screen area. The screen area is split with 2 types of data. It's not the same As Samsung hsing 2 different apps in the same screen area.

16. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1588; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Honestly assumed iOS could do this already, it's been on my android phones since 2012.

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