While Samsung appears determined to leak every detail of its future Galaxy Note 9, it seems Apple is not far behind. Having already spilled a major iPhone upgrade in a recent beta of iOS 12, the company has repeated its error to expose mysteries of its huge new iPhone X…
Picked up Brazilian site iHelpBR, iOS 12 beta 5 hides code which shows Apple’s huge 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus will be able to work much like an iPad. And it’s a process which has significant implications.
How did iHelpBR discover this? Via a simple hack.
Previous leaks have strongly suggested the iPhone X Plus will have a native screen resolution of 2688 x 1242 pixels (higher than any previous iPhone). So iHelpBR made Apple’s Xcode iOS Simulator run iOS 12 beta 5 at 2688 x 1242 and this unlocked secret landscape modes and new interfaces for many core Apple iPhone apps.
To date Apple has toyed with this idea, using landscape modes for apps like Contacts and Calendar on iPhone ‘Plus’ models, but this was not extended to the 5.8-inch iPhone X – likely due to its notch. As such, the iPhone X Plus looks set to reclaim this position as a more productivity-focused device, pushing the standard iPhone X down the pecking order.
Interestingly, Apple’s so-called ‘iPhone 9’ – a budget-friendly 6.1-inch iPhone X – doesn’t get this landscape functionality either. So Apple’s decision to limit landscape functionality to the iPhone X Plus is likely to be a big part of the company’s plan to upsell users to the bigger and more expensive device.
Apple will slash iPhone prices substantially this year.