If the rumor mill is correct, Apple's next-generation iPhone will deliver at least one significant hardware change over previous generations of the device. According to the incessant speculation from industry and supply chain sources, the next iPhone will deliver a bigger screen at 4-inches.
Despite this key component to the anticipated refresh, developers are apparently not overwhelmingly worried about new demands placed on developers as a result of the expanded screen.
But what do the developers who will have to deal with the implications of a larger screen think? I talked to a few iOS app makers, and interestingly, many of them are not convinced Apple would actually “pull an Android,” as one developer put it, and make it more complicated to design for a bunch of different screen sizes (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4/4S and something new).
“Changing the aspect ratio would be a lot of work for development teams. We found that maybe 50 percent of iOS development is [spent] in layout,” app maker and business owner Sam Shank, CEO of Hotel Tonight, tells Bloomberg. “If we had to do two versions of that, the current aspect ratio and a new aspect ratio, and had to lay it out again, that would add considerably to our development time.”