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Apple’s iPhone 6 phablet UI could boast dual-pane mode

Apple could be doing something quite different with its 5.5in phablet version of the iPhone, the model expected to launch alongside the 4.7in iPhone 6 tomorrow (not to mention the iWatch (opens in new tab)).

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While there's not a huge difference in screen size between the two models, there might be in terms of philosophy according to speculation from a developer, Steven Troughton-Smith (via 9 to 5 Mac (opens in new tab)). He pointed out that going by the purported likely resolution of the 5.5in screen (as previously theorised by 9 to 5 Mac), in landscape mode the phablet could run an iPad-like UI with a dual-pane (portrait mode would remain the same on both iPhones, though).

That would obviously be a boon on the productivity front, and a selling point for the phablet above the "traditional" 4.7in iPhone 6. It would allow you, for example as shown in the image above, to run your Contacts app in the left pane, and see full contact details on the right.

Apparently the technology for this is included with iOS 8 under the name of "Adaptive UI" and it was discussed at Apple's WWDC event earlier this year. Samsung's phablets offer multitasking capabilities, of course, so Cupertino wouldn't want to be seen to be left behind on that score, either.

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Whether it actually comes to fruition with the larger iPhone, well, we don't have long to wait to find out now.

Other whispers about the phablet model have also alleged that it will come with a one-handed mode, to allow for the interface to be used with just the one hand on the larger 5.5in screen. The ease of one-handed operation is an element that many current iPhone owners are certainly fond of, so again, this makes sense.

What could be the kicker for the phablet is the potential price – which as we've previously reported, could possibly push up towards the £700 mark (opens in new tab).

For a full roundup of all the latest rumours and updates on the iPhone 6, check out our rolling live coverage (opens in new tab).

Image Credit: 9 to 5 Mac

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.