Is the iPhone screen HD? I ask this because Apple just announced HD ABC,CBS,FOX,&NBC

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Rybold, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Rybold macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2008
    California, USA
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. JAWWC macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2008
    Is it just me that thinks HD should be judged in ppi? The resolution of the iPhone screen for it's size will look alot more HD that some bigger screens.
  4. PatrickRolfsen macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    im probably not right but i thought it was at least 720p bc steve said it was the highest res screen apple had shipped. perhaps he was just talking about portables... if not though, i would assume it is HD because before then they had the HD cinema displays out
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    That would sure make sense, wouldn't it? People's heads might explode if the technology industry was ever so simple, so don't count on it.

    Highest-res = highest ppi. In other words, Steve was bragging about what JAWWC thinks he should be bragging about!

    Unfortunately, "highest-res" has nothing whatsoever to do with whether something is HD or not. That is simply a function of pixels. The iPhone doesn't have enough, therefor it is not "HD" as it is curretnly defined.

    In the end it doesn't matter since the iPhone's hardware is not capable of playing back those HD shows you get from iTunes. So even if the screen was different, the processor couldn't even play the file in real-time.
  6. hollerz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Durham, UK
    It's not HD. Steve did say the highest res screen, but he meant in terms of ppi, which is 160ppi. The highest resolution screen Apple have shipped is the 30" at 2560 x 1600, the iPhone is 320 x 480. Nowhere near HD! :)
  7. DigMe macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2008
    Yeah, I agree. In terms of relative perception it's probably comparable to HD and ppi is probably a good way to express that.
  8. cellocello macrumors 68000


    Jul 31, 2008
    Toronto, ON
  9. tacoshell macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    While the posts have clearly stated that the iPhone is not HD, it is capable of PLAYING HD video at the iPhones native resolution. If your question was compatibility, as non HD TV's are not able to play HD signals at any resolution, the iPhone can play the HD video from iTunes. I have an episode of The Office with a resolution 1280x720 (720p) and it plays fine.

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