Lately I have been trying to figure out what resolution the next iPhone will have.
We have seen a leak of the glass which will be used for the iPhone 6 which looks a certainty to be announced and launched in October, and can be pretty sure that it will have a 4.7 inch diagonal width, and from the look of it they are sticking with a 16:9 aspect ratio. I had previously wondered if they might go 15:9 instead on this bigger display, but it appears not.
So, my thinking is that Apple will certainly increase the sharpness of what has become their “Retina” standard of 326 pixels per inch (PPI). Not to the incredible number that putting a QHD (2560 X 1440) display would achieve (625! PPI) but to something more like 375, which will happen if they go 864 X 1536 over the 4.7 inches or even up to 417 that 960 X 1706 would bring. There is a part of me that thinks Apple may even go with the more recognisable 1080 X 1920 (469 PPI) but this resolution is just too traditional for Apple. If their current 4 inch models can be 640 X 1136 then why would the Cupertino guys worry about using another obscure pixel count on the iPhone 6?
Why do I doubt it will be QHD? Apple just don’t need to push the display boundaries that far. Maybe on a 5.5 inch model but we don’t really believe we will see one of those at the next WWDC do we? Besides Apple aren’t really about pushing hardware boundaries, they leave that to the Android manufacturers who will always be able to outpace them in that department. How many iProducts leave the customer wanting more? Giving their massive fan base a reason to upgrade to the next device is much more Apple’s way of thinking. I am sure there will one day be an iPhone with a display boasting a 625+ PPI count but not before they absolutely have to.
So my guess as to what display resolution will be on the iPhone 6? Apple could keep the current Retina standard for their phones about the same with 333 reached with 768 X 1366, but I am going to say we will actually see 960 X 1706.
You may think I just plucked these numbers out of thin air but there was quite a bit of thought behind it. I won’t bore you with my reasoning but if you are curious let me know in the comments section.
I will end by saying that Apple have always done their displays really well. Not just the brightness and sharpness, Retina was for a good while the crispest display available on a smartphone, but their measurements too. The width of the current iPhone 5S is the same as the first ever iPhone all the way back in 2007. People do complain that the iPhone display is too small but that doesn’t stop people using them in huge numbers. When Apple picked the 493mm width did they really think it would still be in use 7 years later? That diameter is being stretched out to 585mm on the new iPhone 6, not a massive increase but enough for Apple to crow about “the largest screen on ANY iPhone”. I can actually hear Johnny Ive or one of the other Apple designers talking now, from the promo video for the iPhone 6:
“We’ve made Retina EVEN better!”
Proudly boasting that their newest piece of objet d’art has “The sharpest display EVER…” then muttering under his breath: “…on an iPhone”.