4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New 1472 x 828 Resolution Emerges

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amid rumors of both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 6, speculation about what resolutions Apple will use for the new devices has generated a number of different theories. The most concrete suggestion so far has been a 1704 x 960 resolution that could see the current "2x" Retina display move to an even sharper "3x" display.

    A new photo from Russian luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk [Instagram page] now shows the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope, with the firm telling MacRumors the panel does indeed carry a resolution of 1704 x 960.

    The photograph posted by Feld & Volk does not, however, necessarily appear to agree with that claim, as it seems to show roughly 13 pixels per mm in the horizontal and vertical directions, while a 4.7-inch display at 1704 x 960 should be closer to 16 pixels per mm. The current iPhone 5s display is roughly 10.5 pixels per mm.

    A potential answer to this problem arrives in another report today from 9to5Mac, which has discovered references to yet another resolution of 1472 x 828 within recent Xcode 6 beta releases.
    While analysis quickly becomes speculative, one way Apple could use both of these rumored resolutions would be to to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone at 1472 x 828 and a 5.5-inch model at 1704 x 960. In that scenario, both iPhone 6 models would have pixel densities of 355-360 pixels per inch. This translates to roughly 14 pixels per mm in each direction, close to what is seen in the Feld & Volk photograph.

    Depending on how the rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes have been rounded for convenience, the two iPhone 6 panels could actually offer the exact same pixel density, slightly higher than current iPhones and allowing for efficiencies in the manufacturing process if the same technologies and production methods are used in the two new models.

    Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 6 at a media event on September 9, but it remains unclear whether the company plans to show off both models at the same time, and even it does, there have been rumors that the larger model should ship up to several months later than the smaller version.

    Article Link: 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Screen Put Under Microscope as New 1472 x 828 Resolution Emerges
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2011
    I know a more precise method which involves a ruler and a laser pointer.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 19, 2012
    Can't wait to not be able to tell the difference!!
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
    Hmm. I was hoping to see a resolution higher than that- I guess time will tell. I thought it'd make more sense to go with a x3 resolution.
  5. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Cool as we get closer to Sept, I'm getting more excited :D
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2009
    Not sure why they bother with this stuff. Just count the number of pixels and do the damn math.

    Anyway, this will be helpful. Viewing web pages is often annoying on the 5.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
    What is Phil Schiller going to talk about on stage?
  8. macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2011
    I wish I could "see" a resolution higher than that! Alas, age has caught up with my eyes.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Hoping for non yellow tint screen this time around !
  10. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    I honestly think a full 3x resolution would be a waste of RAM and disk space. I certainly don't go around thinking, "man, I wish this one was a 1080p or 960p display, it's kind of blurry". But sure, it's not that I would complain if Apple would provide 3x resolution and it not affecting performance whatsoever. I don't see how a CPU bump alone would do the trick though. Pushing around 50% larger graphics all over the place tend to depend on more things than that.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Not quite 1080p, not quite 2014 technology either. these are daft screen resolution for something to be released in 2014.
  13. macrumors 603


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Why was I under the impression that you had a Windows Phone as your daily driver?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Right...when apple gives you sub 720p for the past 7 years, you say you can't tell the difference. When they give you 3X the pixels now you guys say it's all great. Lol, these numbers are just really daft.
  15. macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2010
    In that scenario, both iPhone 6 models would have pixel densities of 355-360 pixels per inch...Meanwhile the Note 4's panel will sport a 515ppi:eek:I dont about u but I can actual tell a 300ppi vs a 450+ppi panel
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    414 x 736 is such an odd res to have to update apps. Nothing is going to be same size.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2011
    1080p is so 1995. Why not higher?
  18. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Oh you know Apple, it will say that there is no perceivable improvement. I disagree but some will agree so it'll work out for them.

    Truth is people will buy an iPhone for all the other stuff you get with it, very few would refuse to buy an iPhone because the resolution isn't 1080p, so they're safe.

    This is smart for app compatibility and also making it easier for the phone's graphics chip to not be burdened with higher resolutions, having to run it faster/hotter and thus killing battery life.

    TL;DR -- this is what we all expected, and it's probably for the best
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    It won't even matter, apple is so far ahead of the curve when it comes to their GPU performance. Apple is always king when it comes to GPU performance but then you can always argue it's not 1080p so technically it doesn't even break a sweat in the GPU dept.

    Android is always far behind in GPU performance; well, except for the nVidia K1
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2013
  21. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
    Colour accuracy- maybe. However, with both resolutions pixels are too small for the eye to see, therefore the difference is minimal.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    You need to address this question to apple. Of course they need more iPhoneX models each year to milk from you kool-aid lovers!
  23. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    While it does increase the burden on developers, it's better to not have extra resolution that the eye cannot distinguish. It would just waste power and be harder to yield.
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2014
    Southampton - United Kingdom
    Mind you- the resolution is still better than the 720p found on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. :apple:
  25. macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2011
    Samsung will probably use a pentile matrix ! ;)

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