iPhone 7 to get a 3x Retina display?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by smacrumon, Jul 30, 2016.


Should Apple release iPhone 7 as a 3x Retina device?

  1. Yes, a higher 3x Retina (401 ppi) is required on both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens.

    5 vote(s)
  2. No, the current 2x Retina (326 ppi) on 4.7-inch and 3x Retina (401 ppi) on 5.5-inch screens is fine.

    9 vote(s)
  3. No, a higher ~4x Retina (~577 ppi) is required, similar to other devices.

    6 vote(s)
  1. smacrumon, Jul 30, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2016

    smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    Currently iPhone 6/6s has a 2x Retina 4.7-inch screen (326 ppi) and iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus has a 3x Retina 5.5-inch screen (401 ppi).

    When iPhone 6/6s users enable the 'Display Zoom' setting on their device:

    "it reduces the logical screen size from 375 × 667 to 320 × 568 points (the same as the iPhone 5/5s/SE) ... The end result is a slightly blurry image which, unlike the ever-present-but-practically-invisible loss of image quality on the 6 Plus, looks clearly worse than the non-zoomed image at normal viewing distance."

    Knowing this, will Apple release both iPhone 7 in the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch as 3x Retina devices to prevent noticeable loss of image quality?

  2. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    Next resolution changes will be with OLED and 2017 iPhone.
  3. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Knowing Apple, they won't increase the resolution since the design is basically staying the same. I really hope that's not the case, but I don't have much faith that they'll do otherwise.
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Yes the iPhone 7 should get the higher pixel density, and the 7 Plus should get Retina @4x or at least a native resolution screen. If the screen resolutions do not change on the iPhone 7, it'd be the first time since the 3G on a non-S version iPhone.
  5. HarryWild, Jul 30, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2016

    HarryWild macrumors 65816


    Oct 27, 2012
    Apple will still go with the 326ppi or 720i screen resolution for the SE and 4.7" size models since it will save them around $5 per unit for low grade screen and save big time on not having to go with the improving the battery technology - maybe $6 per unit for state art battery ! I be happy if they could bring up to at least 1080p, that of the cheapest HDTV screen resolution! Apple has been using this 326ppi standard since iPhone 4S back in 2009. Only the 5.5" flagship has the 1080p screen resolution.
  6. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    I get your point, but iPhone 4s was released in 2011... the 3GS was released in 2009...
  7. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    I beg to differ.

    The iPhone 6+ gets the higher screen resolution because it can afford the higher power consumption. The larger form factor of the 6+ allows for a larger battery.

    There is no unicorn battery that magically lasts 10 times as long as the rest. The only way to get longer battery life is to literally brute force it and include a larger battery.

    You want a higher screen res, the phone becomes thicker and heavier to compensate. I am not saying that I don't want a better resolution, but people seem to think that this will magically happen without any sort of compromise to go along with it.

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