If the next iPhone screen does get bigger, what will be the resolution?

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  1. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a

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    Will it be doubled the current ala iPad so developers have an easier time making changes? Or will it only increase enough to keep the current PPI? Can someone who knows a lot more about this type of stuff explain to me what may or may not work?

    By the way, I'd bet money it will be simply called the new iPhone. Not iPhone 5 or 6.
     
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    My actual guess is that the screen size won't change at all.

    But if you told me that it WAS going to change my second guess is that they'd bump it to 3.7" and keep the same resolution.

    All just guesses, but that's where I'd place my bets.
     
  3. Funkymonk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, I'm starting to think that it won't get bigger either which is unfortunate for me since I would love a bigger screen. I just want to discuss resolution here though, enough threads about people fighting about other stuff.
     
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    It would be the same resolution. There is no need to change the resolution.
     
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    Depending on the new size, it would need a resolution bump, else it would no longer be a retina display.
     
  6. ralphthemagi macrumors member

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    The only logical resolution to move to is 1280x720, and moving to a proper 16:9 ratio. If the current iPhone were to go edge-to-edge, this would make a lot of sense.

    I suspect that this WILL happen at some point, but not at any point in the near (12mo) future. As iOS and OS X converge it will start to make more sense. The iPhone is the odd man out with it's 3:2 aspect ratio. The iPad is 4:3, and almost all the other screens are 16:9/16:10 now. The only thing good about the 3:2 aspect ratio is that this is the standard ratio for photography, but even that is changing. If you move to 16:9, you can still crop out a 3:2 and it looks great. You can't do it the other way around.
     
  7. kre62 macrumors 68000

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    Wow. Still people dont get it? Even after in the latest Keynote, Apple clearly stated it themselves?

    Retina is calculated using distance and pixel density. A bigger screen with the same res will be called retina cause its held further away. There is no magic 300PPI number, thats a myth.
     
  8. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I get it perfectly fine. People aren't going to be holding a 4" phone any farther away than they hold a 3.5" phone (as evidence, see how people are using the larger screened phones already on the market). They are going to hold it the same distance. If it looks worse than the 4 and 4S screen, Apple loses. That's all there is to get.
     
  9. kre62 macrumors 68000

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    But Apple will claim they do, and thus the same res will still be retina.
     
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    If they go a little bit bigger, say 3.7", then I suspect the resolution would stay the same.

    If they go bigger than that, then the resolution will probably change, but not doubling again, they have already done that. To do it again would only be of benefit if the phone was much larger, too big for a useable phone.

    If they do change the resolution, they might change the format, maybe to 720p, keeping part of the screen for notifications, so the existing OS layout still works, while allowing more options for apps / video.
     
  11. walie macrumors 6502a

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    how convenient
     
  12. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

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    why is it so hard to understand?

    iphone 4s = 326ppi

    Iphone 6 = lets say 280ppi

    Galaxy Nexus = 316 ppi

    SGSIII = >300

    am i the only one who thinks this is impossible? only if they dont go higher than 3.8. if they go 4.0, resolution is changing

    300ppi is the MAGIC number, its called marketing ;)
     
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    You know I actually started typing a caveat in my original reply. I was going to say that it's not necessary to change the resolution "except to comply with an unnecessary and misunderstood marketing term". Then I deleted that part before posting because it seems like a dead horse that's already been beaten to death. A dozen times. In the afterlife. However, you proved me wrong. Congratulations.
     
  14. k3roro macrumors 6502

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    Not quite sure I'm as concerned about the resolution as much as I am concerned about the DPI.
     
  15. kre62 macrumors 68000

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    Why is it so hard to understand?

    If the screen looks good to the average consumer, and Apple, whom they trust, calls it retina, guess how much that PPI number will matter?
     
  16. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

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    To people suggesting that the screen will be 16:9, I really doubt it. I'm sure Apple has decided when they released the original iPhone that it would be a 3:2 display.
     
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    I doubt they will change the resolution just because of the existing apps on the App Store. A change in aspect ratio would be even worse.
     
  18. IO01 macrumors member

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    I too would like a resolution change to 1280x720, even though it's likely that that won't happen. I watch a lot of videos on my 4S, and the black bars bother me. (Before you ask, I only have 16:9 videos stored ATM. WRT 2.35:1 content, I haven't bothered with buying or encoding them because they're too small on the 4S screen.)

    The recently released Sony Xperia S is intriguing, with a 1280x720 non-pentile display. I would have seriously considered this if I had never bought the 4S last October. (Before anyone accuses me of being an Apple-hater, I've owned a number of iPods, and I have an iMac and an iPad2 at work. The 4S is my first smartphone of any kind.)
     
  19. thekev macrumors 604

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    Fixed it for you:cool:.
     
  20. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

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    so iphone 6 will have 960x640 and sub 300dpi when every other high end phone on the market in late 2012 will have 720p and well over 300 dpi? you really dont see the absurdity in this?

    so iphone 6:
    same resolution, bigger screen
    thinner
    lte that works only in us
    a5x

    thats not enough if they want to stay on the top
     

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