The iPhone 5-ready apps are few and far between: here's a list of some

The iPhone 5-ready apps are few and far between: here's a list of some
The iPhone 5 has a new resolution and what Apple did to avoid the older apps, written for 640x960 pixels is that it just letterboxed them with two black stripes on the sides, so it's as if you have a 3.5" phone again.

Apple's own apps, however, have all been updated to take advantage of the new resolution and the extra row available for info and icons now. The updated stock apps are iWork suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), iLife suite (GarageBand, iPhoto, iMovie), iTunes U, Cards, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends, Podcasts, Remote, iBooks and iTunes Movie Trailers. These will work like a charm on your iPhone 5 with iOS 6.

There are a few popular third party apps, which have also been updated to reflect the new fragmented iPhone realities, and these include stalwarts like Twitter, Instapaper, Tweetbot, Reeder, Evernote, CNN, Shazam, NYTimes and the popular games TempleRun and The Dark Knight Rises.

These are all must-have applications, but there are hundreds done with the 4" screen update now. While it is cool to have extra info on the same screen in the case of newspaper or social networking apps or extra items like a rear view mirror in games, because of the larger screen, it will take a while until all popular apps get updated for the new resolution.

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)



1. wendygarett unregistered

Where is the infinity blade!!!

3. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

so ios now has fragmentation issues? i thought it's android exclusive?

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

the difference is that almost all the apps will actually be updated to work perfectly, unlike..... nvm, you get the picture

10. Hemlocke unregistered

"Few and far between"...kind of like Android tablet-only apps.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

there are no android tablet-only apps.. why people don't get that already?

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Adobe has Photoshop on Android tablets, cant get it on phones. Not even the Note.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

holy! that's messed up

11. thelegend6657 unregistered

It's called iFrag not fragmentation Everything must have a fancy name right ? For example a 5mp camera above in the iPods , iPads and iPhones made by Sony must be called iSight

4. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

What? Apple has fragmentation issues also? I thought Apple was above that. I guess there is another negative for the I5.

6. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I think Google should sue Apple now.......Because Apple has copied fragmentation feature which was exclusive to Android till now..........

7. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Does that mean that new iPhone 5 apps will not be compatible worth older iPhones ? Compatibility issue? Just saying...

8. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012


9. hugo_chong

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Now i see previously why iphone claims 3.5 inch is the best screen size. Change screen size or resolution will do they alot of trouble. So this 4inch screen size will remain as least another 3 or 4 years ?? ^^ .........

12. Savage unregistered

Nope. They will never increase the size. You can only stretch the phone so much to lose one-hand usage capability.

13. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Moving finger more horizontally and at the same time more vertically would be too much for iPhone users at first. They need to learn first how to reach the area that was extended first, before apple makes the screen wider. Remember for iPhone it is always one step at the time. That it's why they are so popular!!!

16. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I never understood why Apple says if the device is any wider you lose one-handed usage. I was able to type on my gf's SIII easily with my thumb while holding it in one hand. I guess Apple's target audience has small hands.

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

so the iphone 5 has only a few iPhone 5 compatible apps, HA! talk about "apps" now XD

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