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iOS 7 improves iPhone apps on non-Retina iPads

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
News Categories: iPad, iPhone

The latest iOS 7 beta makes two significant changes to non-Retina iPads’ handling of apps with iPhone/iPod-specific interfaces. Previously, non-Retina iPads displayed iPhone/iPod apps at a classic 480x320 resolution, upscaling them with a “2X” button to a larger, chunky-looking 960x640 window. On a non-Retina iPad 2 or iPad mini running iOS 7, the apps are now displayed at the larger size by default, but use the higher-resolution text and graphics seen on the Retina iPhone 4/4S and fourth-generation iPod touch, while removing the ability to shrink to “1X” size. Retina iPads, however, still give users the choice of toggling between 1x and 2x mode. [via MacRumors]

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Not that you would know, but what the hell is the reasoning behind this?

Posted by ahMEmon on July 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM (PDT)


Enhancing the zoom options is all well and good, but why must all iPhone apps display in portrait mode? 

Switching between iPad and iPhone apps is unnecessarily awkward—especially when using viewing stands.  I’ve mastered the art of running iPhone apps sideways.

Every iPad ever made is perfectly capable of rendering a facsimile of an iPhone screen in landscape mode.  I suspect that this issue is all about software, and hope it will be addressed in iOS7.

Posted by MLChi on July 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM (PDT)

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