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Will a DPS 2015 app with iPhone 6's screen resolution work on an iPhone 5?

Multi_Folio_Que
Level 2
Level 2

If you make a DPS 2015 app and set it to the resolution of the iPhone 6 (750x1334), will it work on the iPhone 5s with a resolution of 640x1136? Or would I need to make two separate apps?


Is it even necessary to target the iPhone 5 anymore? Would it just be best to make it for the iPhone 6 at 750x1334?

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BobLevine
Level 6
Level 6

With DPS 2015 you target a class of device. A phone is phone.

For fixed sized layouts out of InDesign the layout will be scaled to fit.

Multi_Folio_Que
Level 2
Level 2

Would it be a good idea to make the resolution for each device the largest that there is then?

For example make the phone 1080x1920px, the iPhone 6+ resolution. And make the tablet 1536x2048px, the iPad Air and Retina iPad resolution? We are not making one for the iPad Pro because it is a different screen size ratio.

Bob_Bringhurst_
Employee
Employee

When you're creating InDesign articles that target phones, it doesn't really matter whether you use 640x1136 or 750x1334.The content will be scaled to fit on any phone. On iPhones, there will be minimal letterboxing, such as 1 pixel. There might be a little more letterboxing on Android phones if you create an Android app. Feel free to create different layouts and check the article size and appearance. I think you're find that there's very little difference between 640x1136 and 750x1334 articles.

As a general rule when creating fixed-layout (InDesign-based) articles, create 768x1024 articles for tablets and 640x1136 articles for phones. You then need to create a different structure (two top-level collections) with different articles for phones and tablets in your app.

Another option is to create responsive HTML articles that work well on all devices, both phones and tablets. Then you only need one structure for your app.

Multi_Folio_Que
Level 2
Level 2

So it won't make much of a difference if you have a 768x1024 iPad article on an iPad air or Retina iPad? It will still look crisp and nice?

Thank you.

Bob_Bringhurst_
Employee
Employee

That's correct. You can't see much difference between 768x1024 and 1536x2048 articles. Try it!