Discussion on iOS 6 Auto Layout feature have spiraled into suggesting that they could mean a larger iPhone (read iPhone 5) or a smaller iPad (iPad Mini) might be in the offing.
While the true essence of Auto Layout looks to enhance user experience and developer’s app interface design, experts have chimed in that it could also mean that Apple is looking at a uniformed interface design methodology that would gel well across various devices with different resolutions.
The Auto Layout feature on iOS 6 wasn’t exactly trumpeted at the WWDC 2012, and it was showcased in the subsequent days only as a feature that would help designers of apps make native apps (in different languages) look good on the iOS interface.
However, some of the experts in the field seem to believe that this could actually sound a confirmation of the larger iPhone screen in the subsequent release.
What exactly is Auto Layout?
A feature similar to this has already come up on OS X, it seems.
Auto Layout is more like a flexible positioning system that takes relative values instead of absolute and fixed ones. Although this doesn’t exactly mean the difference between fixed and flexible layout, it somewhat relates to better scaling up / down of app interfaces on different devices – through a single code.
So quite naturally, Auto Layout lets developers shed less sweat in trying to make apps that scale well on different types of interfaces.
This does indicate that Apple is looking at unifying the slight fragmentation that is presently on iPad and iPhone apps. Apple will be releasing gadgets in the coming years that are varied in their display resolutions and sizes: but does this Auto Layout in iOS 6 mean or confirm an iPad Mini and a larger iPhone screen for the next-gen iPhone?
That’s a big “may be” for iPad Mini and a certain “may be” for iPhone.