Extremely high pixel density in the next iPhone?

chrismarle

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Jun 18, 2011
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Canada
Hi guys,

Since there is an insane debate about the new iPhone display being larger or not, I've read something a few times that 1440x960 would be a good number to follow the aspect ratio so apps will look great and will be scaled to take the full screen. However, it has a pixel density of 432ppi (4") or 422ppi (4.1") and it's pretty incredibly high compared to the Retina Display's 326ppi. Some will say that it's impossible to do that but let me remind you a few things...

Before the iPhone 4, other flagship devices like the HTC EVO 4G, in example, were at 216 or around it. Then, Apple released a phone with a display almost a inch smaller with a higher resolution and 110ppi more than the EVO 4G.

Actually, flagship phones like the HTC One X are around 312ppi or a bit lower/higher than that.

Can Apple do some magic once again by releasing a display that has 100ppi more than the competition? It sounds crazy but guys, they already had done it before.
 

cyks

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Jul 24, 2002
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Westchester County, NY
Hi guys,

Since there is an insane debate about the new iPhone display being larger or not, I've read something a few times that 1440x960 would be a good number to follow the aspect ratio so apps will look great and will be scaled to take the full screen. However, it has a pixel density of 432ppi (4") or 422ppi (4.1") and it's pretty incredibly high compared to the Retina Display's 326ppi. Some will say that it's impossible to do that but let me remind you a few things.
What would be the point of having a higher pixel density than our eyes could naturally see?
 

chrismarle

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Original poster
Jun 18, 2011
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Canada
What would be the point of having a higher pixel density than our eyes could naturally see?
Would be awesome for watching HD movies in great quality plus a little extra. And keeping the actual aspect ratio would be great for all apps and to read books, browse the web.
 

terraphantm

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Jun 27, 2009
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What would be the point of having a higher pixel density than our eyes could naturally see?
Only two advantages I can think of:

It allows them to increase the size of the screen without going below 326ppi
It enables one to hold the device closer to their eyes without seeing any apparent pixelation.
 

kdarling

macrumors P6
It allows them to increase the size of the screen without going below 326ppi
It enables one to hold the device closer to their eyes without seeing any apparent pixelation.
Correct.

What would be the point of having a higher pixel density than our eyes could naturally see?
The "more than you can see" claim is only valid for the current 326ppi display at a distance of at least 11".

With 432ppi, you could hold it two inches closer to your eyes and still qualify as "retina" :)

Of course, if it's a bigger screen, there's probably less need to hold it closer.
 
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