Potential iPhone 5 ~ 4" retina display- if DPI and AR were same, what resolution?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iansilv, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. iansilv macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    OK- if Apple were going to being out an iPhone with an approximately 4" display- say that is the minimum, and they were to maintain the DPI of the retina display as it is now and the same aspect ratio to allow for automatic scaling of all applications until developers put in new retina display graphics that were native to the resolution, what would the resolution be that seems like it could be a commercially-produced display?

    If you do the math with a 1:1.5 AR at 4" to the current DPI, you get about 1100 as the longer pixel dimension. But that doesn't seem right. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Is there any prototype display or any resolution that seems like it would match Apple's need to maintain Aspect ratio and bring out a display around 4" with increased resolution to maintain the Retina display quality?
  2. motoleo macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
    All I know is that I've been using the iPhone for a while... and I can actually see the pixels. very clearly.. even though Apple says you can't, the pixels can be seen.

    So, if they were to make them even smaller, more pixels per inch- and make a "super retina display"- that would certainly be a good thing.
  3. iansilv thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    1280 by ~853.3333 at around 4.1" would be sweet- higher DPI and as long as you rounded up to, say, 860 you would maintain enough of the aspect ratio that developers could rely on automatic scaling without losing their minds until they produced higher rez graphics...
  4. motoleo macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2012
    We should undoubtedly be seeing some better graphics, increased resolution, and just increased overall power. I could see the iPhone improving in that. I can't wait until we get to the next level graphics wise. Not just 2 times faster but a revolution.
  5. iansilv thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    I think with the iPad 3 having a retina display, it is going to open it up to new markets that require that kind of precision, like medical applications where the resolution is crucial to displaying details.

    I think the next iPhone is join to follow suit. While I understand the need to maintain the aspect ratio of the current display, I do think an increase in resolution could come with an increase in size. I am just looking for something- some prototype display by LG or Sharp, displayed at a tradeshow, that might indicate the resolution that Apple might choose...
  6. Shenaniganz08 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2010
    I seriously doubt apple will be changing resolution any time soon for their iphone

    for the iphone 3 to iphone 4 and now the ipad 2 to ipad 3 apple has done the exact same thing, they have quadrupled the resolution

    This makes sense because each pixel is simply doubled in each direction which allows older applications to upscale perfectly.

    Also I work in the medical field, resolution isn't a BIG deal. The $5-10K monitors used in radiology rooms don't have huge resolutions, what they do have is incredibly high contrast levels/viewing angles/even lighting, etc
  7. Pez555 macrumors 68020


    Apr 18, 2010
    i am worried Apple will not increase the screen size. That is my only worry. I know everything else will be amazing, but i really really want a 4 inch screen.

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