Apple has implemented a new auto layout feature allowing for higher resolutions in app development. Does this suggest a possible iDevice of a different size? An iPad mini perhaps?
The original iPhone launched in 2007 was only designed to support one and only one screen resolution. With the release of the greater and brighter Retina displays on the iPhone 4 and the new iPad, as well as the brand new Retina Macbook Pro, Apple has had to make adjustments in its software to support higher resolutions.
Unfortunately, this has left Apple restricted when it comes to screen size and device size. But, it seems that Apple has introduced a feature in the upcoming IOS 6 that will allow developers to configure applications to adapt to screen resolutions of all sizes. It is suggested that the main reason for this is to push developers to develop for Apple rather than Android. Android developers use dozens of resolutions and devices to test their apps, while Apple applications are much more restricted. The new Auto Layout feature for application developers in IOS 6 will allow for better application development and support for different resolutions. This configuration method can be applied to applications for iOS devices and possible future iOS devices.
Could this mean that Apple is loosening the belt when it comes to application development? And better yet, does this mean that Apple is preparing to launch Apple devices with greater resolutions or of different sizes…perhaps an iPad mini?
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