Paste the following code into the app delegate inside the didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method. Place it before anything else inside the method.
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] setStatusBarHidden:YES withAnimation:UIStatusBarAnimationNone];
Inside the view controller files xib file set the status bar to none and make the height of the view the full height of the device.
You will also need to make the aspect ratio of the thumbnails the same as the new aspect ratio of the view - for iPad this is 4×3. You will need to set this for both devices and both orientations.
In the Info.plist file set the Status bar is initially hidden boolean to YES and remove any styles.