As we’re sure many of you are already aware, the new iPhone 5 announced on September 12th has a new, taller screen.This change in screen aspect ratio (from 4:3 to 16:9) means that all apps out there will need to be updated in order to take advantage of the extra screen space.
The iPhone 4 & 4S has a screen size of 640×960 pixels, while the iPhone 5 (and the new iPod Touch range) are 640×1136.
What’ll happen if I don’t update my app?
Well, it’s quite simple, your app will run fine but will be displayed with black bars. No-one yet seems to know how these bars are displayed, but we assume your app will appear centered on the screen with the borders top & bottom in portrait mode, and left & right in landscape mode.
How do I make my app iPhone 5 ready?
Here at AppFurnace we’re furiously working away to enable you to easily update your AppFurnace apps to be iPhone 5-ready. We’re not quite done yet, but it shouldn’t be too long. The way it will work is exactly the same way that AppFurnace supports differently-sized Android screens – you simply mark up how the widgets in your app should be stretched or moved when the screen size changes using the Layout editor.
Then in the AppFurnace online preview, you can select the new iPhone 5 device from the dropdown. You’ll see how your interface adapts to the new, taller display.
Once you’ve got everything working great, you’ll need to re-submit a build of your app to the App Store. Check out the documentation for a reminder on how this is done.
What about AppFurnace Player?
We will be releasing a new version of AppFurnace Player that will be iPhone 5-ready as soon as possible. Check this blog and our Twitter feed for updates!
I have another question!
If you have any questions about iPhone 5 and how it affects your apps, please get in contact via the forums and we’ll do our best to help.