Screenshot claims to be iOS 8 running on an iPhone 6 (and hints at the iWatch)

Screenshot claims to be iOS 8 running on an iPhone 6 (and hints at the iWatch)
There have been various rumors about when the iPhone 6 will be on the way with the latest claiming that production will be ramping up over the summer, aiming at a Q4 release. But, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is due to happen in under two months, and should give us a look at iOS 8. Now, we're getting the first image of what is claimed to be iOS 8 running on Apple's next iPhone (or at least an emulator for said iPhone).

Right off the bat, you'll notice that the layout is not the usual 4 icons across that has been the standard for iPhones since the first one was released back in 2007. The layout is a 5 x 7 grid, and even more interesting is that the resolution of the image is 1,600 x 966, which is not a resolution that you'd find in the iOS ecosystem, or really anywhere else for that matter. A resolution like that would mean a PPI of close to 400 on a 4.7-inch screen, and it is around a 16:10 aspect ratio. That's not quite the 16:9 widescreen movie ratio that Apple has been using for the past couple iPhones, but it is closer to it than to the 4:3 ratio seen on the iPhone 4s and older. 

Beyond those clues, there are also a few apps on the home screen that haven't been part of the pre-installed collection before like the iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), the iLife apps (Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie), the rumored Healthbook app, CarPlay, and even something labeled as "Watch Utility", which would seem to be hinting at the oft-rumored iWatch. It should be noted that there's no sign of the Preview, TextEdit, or Tips apps that were seen in another recent image that claimed to show iOS 8.

It's hard to say how much we believe that this screenshot is real. A lot of it looks good, but could have been put together based on rumors. The error level analysis doesn't appear to show any blatant photo editing though. The one part that looks way off-base is the "Watch Utility" app, which has an icon that Apple would never release, but since the app is likely still in early development, that's not too surprising. 

source: Weibo via BGR

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1. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

OMG MOAR ICONS EDIT: man the amount of icons is really overwhelming actually...

14. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

iOS will never do good with larger-screened smartphone's until they figure out how to take good advantage of the screen size, without some bogus extra row crap.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think this is real, likely they will increase the size of icons, not how many per home screen.

33. acharlest

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 19, 2012

This is off topic, but Mayday Parade's A Lesson In Romantics is the best album ever made. Just had to get that out there.

35. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No it's not.

37. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Yeah, it is. (:

17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

4.7 inch screen. Looks like to me it's a library.

22. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

lol .... up coming iphone updated with 6th row n 5th column .... innovation

30. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Ya... another row of icons, invented back in -90. #switch Windows Phone advanced OS

2. -Shadow-

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

too much icons in one page IMO, they should keep the 4 x 5 even in bigger screens at least for iphone, ipad could use an extra row and column

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Agreed + make the icons bigger and more visible.

3. pepeo

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

this looks like a child phone. look at this, so cololrfull. at least its a fast, stable and reliable OS but i think this is fake

6. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Stable yeah, almost 50% as stable as Android

31. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

50% as stable as Android....? This is sarcasm right?

34. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I doubt he was being sarcastic, because it's based on hard data:

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Not again aaargh my eyes

5. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Goodness 30 apps per page. +5 in the dock.

25. SleepingOz unregistered

Magical huh?!

7. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I don't buy it! iPads only display a 4x5 grid, so there is no way I'd believe they'd have a 5x6 on an iPhone.

9. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Who says this is the final version? Maybe Apple experiments a little here. But the WatchUtility app makes me think because it does not fit in the design at all. It reminds me of the design language of the aliens in Independece Day movie (You didn't fire this green shit at me, didn't you?). The Safari icon looks better than the current one though.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

so it's a icon in between a icon o_0

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2194; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

6 rows and 5 columns of icons. Wooopee!!! LOL!!!!

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Idk why they always have to show the app drawer open? Oh wait.. That's how its supposed to look??

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This looks so ridiculous. Apple better fix this before the official release. Also, that resolution is silly. Why can't Apple use standard resolutions?

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Because their entire Eco system depends on it. If they start playing with non scalable resolutions, developers will have to cater to too many resolutions and this hurts Android believe it or not. If they stick to their resolutions or multiples of their resolutions then developers can just 2x or 3x the resolution code on their apps. Instead reprogramming the app from the ground up with a standard resolution. Apple has many many tricks in play that makes them look good and this is one of them.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Looks ligit

36. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered


18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I actually like the smaller icons. I've always hated the larger icons, in a smaller screen, can't see the background as good. Bring it on apple, can't wait to purchase one.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That screen doesn't look very nice. Which is odd because 400 ppi should be plenty.

21. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

more icon? hoping for more RAM+BATTERY!!!! lol

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