Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Sep 2012 19:13 UTC
Apple As expected, Apple announced its new iPhone tonight, dubbed the iPhone 5. The rumours and leaks nailed it, with the most prominent feature being the move from 3.5" to 4" (1136x640). Due to the way iOS handles resolutions, applications need to be adapted for this new display, and if they are not, they will be letterboxed (black bars). It has a faster processor, better camera, LTE, and several other improvements, while the. As always, Apple does it right: shipping 21 September in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore - the rest of the world will follow later.
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RE[3]: Letterboxed.
by arcterex on Wed 12th Sep 2012 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Letterboxed."
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"It's a way for Apple to ensure that old apps still work!

How others can be stupid enough to use a resolution independent layout manager instead of... letterboxing?

My guess would be games or badly written apps. This is a developer issue not an iOS issue. iOS is just dealing with badly written apps in a graceful way. Also compounded by Apple's secrecy, if they had pre-announced the new iPhone having a 4" screen the devs would be able to have everything updated already (well, most, I assume that again, crappy apps that no one cares about wouldn't be updated anyway).

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