Outlining the Case for 1334 x 750 and 2208 x 1242 iPhone 6 Retina Displays

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    Throughout the past few months, a number of rumors have suggested many different resolutions for both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, giving a variety of reasons as to how Apple will best optimize a larger screen size for both users and developers.

    Prominent Apple journalist John Gruber has now given his in-depth take on the subject, suggesting that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will likely feature a resolution of 1334 x 750 with 326 pixels per inch, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would most likely have a resolution of 2208 x 1242 with 461 pixels per per inch. While Gruber insists that he has no specific knowledge of these resolutions for the iPhone 6, he makes a strong case for why they make the most sense for Apple.

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    4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups compared to iPhone 5s

    Gruber notes that keeping the current "2x" Retina resolution at 326 ppi on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would be consistent with Apple's previous patterns on iOS devices:
    Gruber also adds that moving to a "3x" Retina resolution at 461 ppi for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 would display an even greater amount of content while being able to render the same Retina pixels on a larger scale:
    In both of those examples, existing apps would still be able to run at such resolutions, as optimizing current apps would be made easier considering the scaled nature of the displays.

    The given 1334 x 750 resolution of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 contrasts with information shared by luxury modified iPhone vendor Feld & Volk earlier this week, which came with a photo showing the display of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 under a microscope with a pixel density higher than 326 ppi, perhaps 1704 x 960. That resolution has also been cited in previous rumors, but Gruber claims in his post that an iPhone 6 with a resolution of 1704 x 960 would only work well for 4.0-inch displays, as it would not show any additional content compared to the iPhone 5 when measured in touch points.

    Gruber also comments on the possibility of both a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 with a resolution of 1472 x 828. The claim states that such a resolution on the 4.7-inch device would render UI elements and text about 10 percent smaller, while such a resolution on the 5.5-inch device would equal out to be 307 pixels per inch, or only marginally better than Apple's original definition of the Retina display as being at least 300 ppi.

    The iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 9 at a media event. It is likely that the 4.7-inch version will go on sale about a week after the announcement, but the 5.5-inch may be held back due to production issues. In addition to a larger display, the iPhone 6 will likely feature a thinner design, a faster A8 processor, an improved camera, a more durable Touch ID sensor, and more.

    Article Link: Outlining the Case for 1334 x 750 and 2208 x 1242 iPhone 6 Retina Displays
     
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    Waiting for 1080p to prove us wrong here.
     
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    The title should be renamed from " 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 to Carry 2x and 3x Retina Displays" to " 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 to Carry 2x and 3x Retina Resolutions"
     
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    Again with the "Apple Journalist"?
     
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    461ppi on the 5.5"? Yes, please.

    Oh, and don't forget the ~2900mAh battery! :)
     
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    Well, if the 5.5" has a higher ppi, then that's what I'll get. Now I just need to find jeans with larger pockets.
     
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    4.7 = the new 5c
     
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    Big words coming from a Sanitation Engineer....

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    It's just fluffing up who Gruber is. MR is full of fluff. The last paragraph of almost every article is usually regurgitated fluff about other vague rumors, too.
     
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    Yep, and we all see what the 5C got us.......There will be tons of used 4.7's hitting the market when people flock to the 5.5:)
     
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    Don't forget the "prominent"
     
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    and looks like Apple is going to embrace the larger scale phone and make it the flagship iPhone.
     
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    Excellent write up, approached logically on where Apple may go with screen resolutions.

    I'm so curious/excited about the potential of a big increase in screen real estate on a 5.5" screen.
     
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    Give me my damn 5.5" iPhone 6, please! Apple is about to cashhhh out this year!
     
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    This headline is misleading. Gruber is very clear that he has no inside information. These are just educated guesses on his part.

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    Based on what?
     
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    Why would they introduce more fragmentation into their iPhone line?
     
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    I don't really care about what it has to be honest. Once you get into super hi res / retina all increases are negligible.

    What I do care is a retina Macbook Air and iMac / TBD.
     
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    The retina iPad mini has 326 ppi compared to 264 ppi for the iPad Air. Does that mean the retina mini is the flagship iPad?
     
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    Those resolutions give the 5.5" iPhone 2.7x more pixels than the 4.7" iPhone. It'll be interesting to see if Apple does anything with the GPU besides just a small clock speed bump otherwise the 5.5" may be underpowered to run things at native resolution. Given how the iPad 3 struggles handling it's native resolution compared to the previous iPad 2 hopefully this won't be repeated.
     
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    Having different resolutions with the bigger one having higher DPI seems kind of silly though. The iPad has the same with the lower cost smaller one having higher DPI...
     
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    I have both the Air and the Retina Mini, and I find that I use the mini far more frequently. So in my mind, the retina mini is now indeed the flagship.
     
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    Well, the 5c is the second or third best seller in the world. If the 5s goes free on contract, you can easily expect Apple to have the 3 best sellers on the planet.

    The high end will get owned, and OEMs will drown in a sea of losses if something doesn't change (like stoping the stupid pursuit of selling more devices at all cost, literally).
     
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    Camera
    PPI
    128 GB option
    Sapphire
    clocked higher cpu (perhaps because of the larger screen)


    Just off the top of my head, Rogifan
     
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    So hold on, if I got a 4.7 inch iPhone then everything on the screen would stay the same size? So I would still have to zoom in for some content? That pretty mud defeats the point in having a larger screen.

    They did that with the 5, where I everything was the same size and all we got was a few additional lines of text. The whole point in going towards a larger screen size is so that zooming in to see/read content is no longer required.
     
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    Phones are used differently (much closer). Lowering PPI would be a big step back.
     
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    I won't be happy until Apple crams 'em so full of pixels that they need to store some in extra dimensions!

    And, please, for the love of my precarious sanity: GET. THE. PHONES. OFF. THE. GROUND.

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