A new rumor suggests that this year’s massive 6.5-inch OLED iPhone could borrow some ideas from Apple’s iPad lineup.
Basically, a number of native Apple apps will have a special user interface and additional capabilities when the so-called iPhone X Plus is put into landscape mode. That includes new UIs and features not available on this year’s other iPhones.
The change was first spotted by Brazilian site iHelpBR, who tested the latest iOS 12 beta in Xcode (an iOS simulator for developers). When iHelpBR ran the iOS 12 beta 5 at the rumored resolution of this year’s iPhone X Plus (2436 x 1125), they stumbled on the additional landscape features.
Those features include iPad-style UI layouts for apps like Contacts and Calendar.
It is worth noting that these iPad-style layouts are already in use on current Plus-model iPhones. Though it’s possible that Apple will update other core apps, features, and possibly the Home screen with iPad-style layouts for this year’s massive OLED handset.
Additionally, while they may not be brand new features, they do reveal some interesting things about this year’s lineup.
Firstly, the Xcode simulation corroborates that the iPhone X Plus sport a display resolution of 2436 x 1125 at 458 pixels-per-inch. While that was largely rumored before, iHelpBR’s data all but confirms that resolution.
But it also suggests that, although this year’s entire iPhone lineup will feature more display real estate, Apple is still looking to set its 2018 “Plus” model apart.
iHelpBR discovered that the new landscape mode layouts won’t be available on this year’s iPhone X successor or the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. That’s in spite of the fact that both devices have displays that are larger than Apple’s current Plus model handsets.
Apple is likely to use this additional functionality as another way to make the 2018 iPhone X Plus more attractive to consumers.
The 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus is largely expected to be a supersized version of last year’s OLED flagship. It’ll sport all of the same functionality, as well as better internal components and hardware.
On another note, more than a few rumors and analyst predictions have forecasted that the iPhone X Plus would take over the iPhone X’s price tier — meaning it’ll retail at $999.