iPhone 6 is widely rumored to launch in two different and larger display variants: A 4.7-inch model and a larger 5.5-inch display model. Now a new report from 9to5mac claims that Apple is planning a significant change in the resolution of iPhone 6 display. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 could feature a 1704×960 resolution display, which is 3 times the size of base resolution (568 x 320).
The current iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have 4-inch display with 1136×640 pixels resolution, which is twice the size of base resolution. The larger iPhone 6 at this rumored resolution, retaining the same 16:9 aspect ratio as the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5, would both have a sharper screen and make updating the apps for larger resolution an easier task for developers.
568 tripled is 1704 and 320 tripled is 960, and sources indicate that Apple is testing a 1704 x 960 resolution display for the iPhone 6. Tripling the iPhone 5?s base resolution would mean that the iPhone 6?s screen will retain the same 16:9 aspect ratio as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c.
To retain the “Retina Display” threshold, iPhone 6 models will feature displays with increased density. 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would feature a display density of 416 PPI, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would feature 356 PPI display density. Increasing the size of the display without scaling up the resolution would result in an iPhone with a screen that falls out of the “retina” category.
It’s worth noting that the report talks about a screen display and resolution that Apple has been testing for its future iPhone, however, it’s not clear if Apple plans to go ahead with that resolution for the next generation iPhone. Although the rumored resolution makes lot of sense and would be easier to implement for both Apple and third-party app developers, but not a guarantee.
Apple is widely expected to launch two different models of iPhone 6 this year, featuring an ultra-thin design, rounded edges and narrower bezels. 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model is expected to launch in August, follow by the 5.5-inch variant in September. Both variants will most likely be pre-loaded with iOS 8 – Apple’s upcoming major installment to its mobile operating system.
Other than the major redesign, rumored iPhone 6 specs include a A8 processor, 1GB of RAM and an improved 8MP camera with image stabilizer.