With the evolution of the iPhone, especially the last several years, Apple has bumped up the screen size. From the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5, we went from 3.5-inches, to a 4-inch display. And recently we went from a 4-inch display to a 4.7 and 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively. What does that mean for apps? Do they get stretched, letter-boxed or do they never get updated?
Whichever option it may be, FullForce for Phone plans to fix all of that hassle. The tweak isn’t new by any means, heck, it’s been out since the iPhone 5 days, but it’s recently been updated to support both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Unlike the transition from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5, the new iPhones are set to stretch any app that isn’t optimized. Whereas the 4-inch iPhones simply letter-boxed the apps. This is a great solution, with caveats. The status bar is blown up as well as the keyboard. Which means, depending on the app, your keyboard may have different keyboard sizes.
FullForce for Phone gives you a few options, expand (options for the various iPhone screen sizes), stretched (which essentially does what the new iPhones do but to a lesser more feasible extent), and cropped (which doesn’t look so good, and is not recommended). With expand, FullForce will take the existing UI elements and continue them. This option is best for apps with very few images, or apps that utilize basic elements. Such as Cydia, the homepage on Cydia is a website, and everything else is very basic.
The stretched option is best for games, says Ryan Petrich, the developer of the tweak. This will (like the name insists), stretch the app to fit the bigger screen. What differentiates this from how iOS natively does it, is that the tweak will letterbox the top and bottom of the app, and make the app wider. In my opinion, this is the right way to do it. As stretching both the height and width creates more pixelation, especially on the iPhone 6 Plus.
FullForce for Phone has been around for quite some time. I’ve personally used it when I had the iPhone 5/5s. It’s just the best way to make unoptimized or abandoned apps feel like home on your new devices. FullForce (for iPad) is also available to essentially rework iPhone only apps to look natively on the iPad.
FullForce for Phone can be found for $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.