iPhone 6 Will Reportedly Have a Sharper 1704 x 960 Resolution Screen
Through recent rumors and reports, Apple is expected to, again, unveil two iPhones this year – slightly larger ones at that. Now, a report on 9to5Mac this morning claims to know the exact screen resolution of the forthcoming devices – and surprise, surprise, it’s a bit bigger.
According to the report, “at least one next-generation model” of the iPhone is being tested with a higher resolution. That device will supposedly have a 1704 x 960 resolution, compared to the smaller 1136 x 640 resolution currently embedded in the 4-inch screens of the iPhone 5S and 5C.
Though not full 1080p resolution, this would be Apple’s counter to the bevy of Android smartphone screens currently packing it. While this wouldn’t be as fundamental a change as the Retina display was for the iPhone, it would result in larger, sharper icons on the home screen, and overall sharper text and images.
This presents a fragmentation problem though, as app developers will have to, once again, resize their applications to better fit this new resolution, lest their app be subject to the ugly (but useful) scaling feature of the iPhone. However, because the resolution has the same aspect ratio of 16:9, you wouldn’t be dealing with any black bars on the bottom and top of your apps (but the picture will still have to scale to fit the larger screen if not optimized with an update).
As of right now, it’s believed that Apple’s next iPhones will come in two sizes: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, with the larger of the two approaching what enthusiasts refer to as “phablet” territory, which is simply a really large phone that’s approaching tablet size. The best comparison is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a gigantic phone that’s not pocket friendly.
The rumored resolutions of the two phones prior to this report was 416 pixels per inch for the smaller iPhone, and 356 pixels per inch for the other. These specs fit within what Apple deems part of their Retina display line, which essentially means individual pixels can’t be made out from normal viewing distances on the screen.
We’ll just have to wait and see what Apple announces later this year. Or, at least, wait until another leak happens.
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