At least the larger model of the “iPhone 6,” which is expected to come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions, would be able to run apps in landscape mode à la iPad.
As suggested by several screenshots published by 9to5Mac, the 5.5-inch version of Apple’s next-generation smartphone may render apps in landscape mode in a dual-pane interface similar to that on Apple’s tablets.
The screenshots come courtesy of developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who came up with them by setting the iOS simulator at 736 points x 414 points (1,472 x 828 at 2x, or 2,208 x 1242 at 3x), which is a likely resolution for at least one of the two iPhone 6 models.
And while the 4.7-inch model is supposed to function like a slightly larger version of the current 4-inch iPhone, the 5.5-inch is purported to have a display large enough to allow for iPad-like interfaces in landscape orientation.
As shown above, one of the screenshots demonstrates the iPhone’s Contacts app’s iPad-like dual-pane interface, with the left pane reserved for the general content and the right pane for the main. The other screenshots, which you can see here, illustrate similar treatments for the Calendar and Game Center apps.
Perhaps this interface improvement will be highlighted by Apple during its presentation at its special media event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, which is expected to see the unveiling of the iPhone 6.