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It’s looking more likely that Apple’s iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch display with 1704 x 960 resolution. So what might that look like? Here’s a side by side comparison of iOS 7 on a 4-inch and a 4.7-inch screen.

iphone 6 screen simulation

We still don’t know for sure if Apple’s iPhone 6 will have a larger display, although it’s looking increasingly likely. Aside from numerous reports indicating a 4.7-inch display, it was reported last week that Apple is testing an iPhone with a 1704 x 960 display. So what might that look like? The folks at 9to5 Mac have a clever way to find out. Sort of.

Dom Esposito figured the Moto X and its 4.7-inch display might make a nice proxy to simulate the expected iPhone 6 screen and created a mockup to show it off. Here’s the video; you can see that all of the on-screen elements are simply bigger, which for some would be welcome.

While the idea to show iOS 7 on a 4.7-inch display is novel, it assumes that Apple won’t be optimizing iOS to use the additional pixels. I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen, although it’s certainly possible. Instead, I anticipate Apple will use iOS 8 to let developers modify their apps so that they can actually show more data, instead of showing the same amount of information, bigger. I’d also expect Apple’s own apps to first take advantage of the newer, larger display with more pixels.

Regardless, I’d be apt to upgrade my iPhone 5s if the iPhone 6 does indeed have a higher-resolution 4.7-inch display. It just so happens that my favorite Android phone is the Moto X I bought last August and still use today. For me, the screen size is a great compromise between a “large screen” experience and both one-handed use and pocketability.

Apple’s WWDC event is in early June, and there, we might get the first glimpse of changes in iOS 8 that support a larger iPhone with more pixels.