Developers scramble to ready apps for iPhone 5

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Developers scramble to ready apps for iPhone 5

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As rumors of a big-screen iPhone 5 intensified late last month, engineers at the read-it-later app Pocket went into hacking mode, scouring the Internet for ways to tweak the iPhone ‘s official software development kit so they could redesign their app for a bigger screen.

Ever since Apple ‘s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, widespread speculation has held that the next iPhone would boast a 4-inch screen. For hundreds of thousands of developers, that posed a potential problem: Would their apps look strange on a bigger screen? And how would they build mock-ups when the official iOS simulator showed the old 3.5-inch display?

Such is life in the Apple developer ecosystem: You make crucial product decisions based on guesswork and design apps for devices you’ve never seen. This time around, the iPhone speculation proved largely correct. But even now, developers are tweaking their designs without an iPhone 5 in hand — and by necessity, they’re getting creative.

For Pocket, which claims 6 million users, that meant hacking the iOS simulator. Various Web sites offered instructions on … [Read more]

Developers scramble to ready apps for iPhone 5

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