updated 09:28 am EST, Wed February 12, 2014
Pixel density seen jumping to 441ppi
Apple is planning to ship two next-generation iPhones with 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays, say sources for the South China Morning Post. The sources have allegedly seen the prototypes, and in spite of recent rumors, claim that the phones will use a sapphire protective layer. The Apple/GT Advanced sapphire plant in Arizona is believed to have the capacity to churn out tens or hundreds of millions of sapphire screen covers.
Both phones are also expected to bump their pixel densities up to 441ppi, versus the 326 found on the iPhone 5s and 5c. Current iPhone rivals are already near or over that figure; the Nexus 5, for instance, has a 445ppi rating for its 4.95-inch, 1080p screen.
Apple will supposedly stick with flat screens, however, instead of going with the curved ones some rumors have suggested. The Post lastly says that the iPhone 5c will be discontinued in favor of a 5s built using cheaper materials. This could mean that the 5s will simply be repackaged in the same plastic shell as the 5c, with necessary modifications.