updated 03:45 pm EDT, Sat May 29, 2010
Next iPhone seemingly certain for high-res LCD
The often rumored 960x640 iPhone screen could be validated today through an up-close study of the LCD. Looked at through a microscope, Apple's panel appears to have far smaller pixels than the iPhone 3GS or even the crisp 854x480 screen of the Motorola Droid. At 3.5 inches diagonal, the display SuperiPhone sees for the next iPhone would have a 320 pixels-per-inch density where the Droid's larger screen would measure just 265.
The screen should also be an IPS (in-plane switching) panel, which should give it a full color range and avoid the color dithering or banding seen on the present-day iPhone and even some AMOLED-equipped phones, like the Droid Incredible or Nexus One. A previous rumor had said the display would use fringe-field switching and could be much easier to read outdoors.
Apple is poised to unveil the new iPhone at WWDC and may use the screen as a primary advantage. The iBooks app due to reach iPhone 4.0 may benefit the most from the display as it would give optical quality closer to print.