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Apple testing 1704x960 resolution for iPhone 6, sources say

updated 11:46 am EDT, Wed May 14, 2014

Jump needed to keep iPhone at Retina levels, but below some other phones

Apple is testing out a 1704x960 resolution for the iPhone 6, sources claim. The iPhone 5s uses a 1136x640 resolution for its 4-inch display; because Apple is believed to be working on 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions of the next-generation iPhone, though, Apple is likely being forced to up resolution to keep Retina-quality graphics. Apple defines "Retina" levels as anything over 300ppi; on a 4.7-inch iPhone, 1704x960 would yield 416ppi. On a 5.5-inch model the same resolution would still reach 356ppi.

If 1704x960 is adopted, that also means that Apple will be sticking with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Whatever ratio or resolution Apple picks, app developers will likely have to redesign their interfaces, much as they did for the debuts of the iPhone 4 and 5.

1704x960 is actually relatively low among high-end smartphones. Most devices at or over the 5-inch mark -- like the HTC One, Google Nexus 5, and Samsung Galaxy S5 -- use 1920x1080 screens. It's anticipated that some phones in the next generation will even go beyond that resolution, despite it being virtually impossible for the human eye to notice the difference.



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  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    Yeah, Samsung and that ilk are literally running out of space to continue to enlarge their phone screens much more. The difference in space between smartphones, phablets and tablets is getting miniscule.

    At this point, ergonomics have long ago been thrown to the gutter, but it more vividly illustrates the lack of true innovation coming from these "Next Big Thing" companies.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: 08-20-01

    "If 1704x960 is adopted, that also means that Apple will be sticking with a 16:9 aspect ratio."

    Well, strictly speaking the current iPhone screen's proportions aren't 16:9... but, yeah, ok. It's negligible. :)

    "some phones in the next generation will even go beyond that resolution, despite it being virtually impossible for the human eye to notice the difference"

    – but it's probably much more possible to notice the battery drain those extra (gratuitous) pixels will cause.

  1. azrich

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    Joined: 04-19-10

    I know this is all speculation and rumor, AND I realize that most people wouldn't be able to discern the added resolution (my eyes in particular), BUT- why not bite the bullet and go to 1080p? Wouldn't that make it the same as millions of flat screen TVs? Which might make it easier for developers to move their Apps to the Apple TV, as well as mirroring from your phone.

    It seems to me that if they are at a point where they're scaling up 1.5x they might as well scale the icons 1.5 and give a little more wiggle room to meet the 1080p standard resolution.

    Or am I missing something there? Maybe matching 1080 isn't the advantage I am thinking it is.

  1. machobbes

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    Joined: 02-13-09

    "Testing out" is certainly the wrong way to phrase it.
    All design decision have been made a long time ago.

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