If we get a massive 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this Tuesday, wouldn't it make sense if the apps that ran in landscape mode had dual panes, just like on an iPad? The ever-reliable Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac thinks they just might.

Gurman has posted some screenshots sent to him by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who altered a few key Apple apps like Calendar, Game Center and Contacts in the iOS simulator to run at 736 points x 414 points, a resolution that is widely believed to be what the 5.5-inch iPhone will have. (The iPhone SDK parses resolutions as point values. So the actual resolution will be double or potentially triple of what the actual point value represents. Hat tip to H51c for the clarification!)

The concepts, as you can see in the screenshots below, are plausible enough to be real:

You could view individual contact cards right next to your list of contacts

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Game Center looks a lot more useful

Gurman says that this technology, known as "Adaptive UI", is already built in to iOS 8 and was discussed by Apple at a session in WWDC earlier this year. [9to5Mac]

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Screenshots courtesy: 9to5Mac/Steven Troughton-Smith