Apps Ready for the iPhone 5 and Its 4-inch Display

Apple’s iPhone 5 will become available in the US and eight other countries this Friday, September 21 and will feature, among other things, a larger screen with a resolution of 1,136 by 640 pixels. If you got your pre-order in early enough or will be standing in line bright and early that morning to ensure you get your shiny new wonder phone on release day, know that many app developers aren’t resting on their laurels and are already updating their apps to add iPhone 5 compatibility.

Instead of searching for these iPhone 5-compatible apps manually, use this handy “iPhone 5” search query to see a near real-time list of recently-updated apps here on AppShopper. Note that there may be some false positive results on that list in cases where developers added “iPhone 5” to the description of what’s new in their most recent app update without actually adding compatibility.

Don’t fret if your favorite or most-used apps aren’t iPhone 5-ready yet––they’ll still work and will simply be centered on the larger screen with black letterbox bars on the top and bottom or left and right sides accordingly based on the iPhone’s orientation. Apple showed what this would look like at last week’s media event using algoriddim’s djay app (note the arrows that point to the letterbox frame):



At the time of this post, there are more than 100 apps updated with iPhone 5 compatibility including my favorite Twitter client, Tweetbot, RSS feed reader Reeder, OmniFocus, and many more.


Apple Auditor

Apple had BETTER throw out their arbitrary yearly iPad refresh schedule and update the Retina iPad (with little fanfare – a press release) possessing the iPhone 5’s A6 chip, which benchmarks show it outperforming the Retina iPad’s A5X chip by a nontrivial margin – SOON!

An iPad should be more powerful than an iPhone (with the exception of the “phone” part).

Apple needs to move quickly on the Lightening Dock Connector and not have numerous iOS products in its lineup still featuring the old Dock Connector.

Apple needs to send a clear signal on the Lightning Connector or it may be an impediment to iPhone 4S owners upgrading.

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