Will the iPhone 5 have lower resolution?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FooArk, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. FooArk macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2011
    Given that the screen is taller, will it lose the retina display?
  2. Menel, Aug 30, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2012

    Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    It definitely won't lose any resolution.
    It might lose a hair of pixel density, but without doing any math, it should still be over 300ppi. Like maybe 325 vs. 326.

    edit: actually running the math, rumors say 1136x640 on a 3.54" screen, exactly the same 326ppi.
  3. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    The pixel density won't change. It will be the exact same.
  4. mcaddict, Aug 30, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2012

    mcaddict macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    This. They're not spreading a given amount of pixels over a taller screen, they're adding additional rows of pixels and the density will remain the same, keeping retina...
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    No. They're adding pixels to the top/bottom as well as increasing the screen size. The screen ratio will change from 3:2 to 16:9, though.

    Same PPI, with 4".
  6. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    The resolution will be changing to keep the pixel density the same.

    It'll still be 320-330 ppi "retina"

    But it'll be changed to 1136x640 to do that, that on the current iphone would be like 400-500 ppi.
  7. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    Yes, and it will be black and white, too.
  8. JerseyDoug macrumors regular

    May 10, 2012
    I am confused. How can constant density equal a change in ppi? Ppi is density. What am I missing? :confused:
  9. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    He was just saying that if the same 3.5" screen got the extra pixels the new iPhone will have, it's ppi/density would increase. But since the new screen will be 4" it'll remain the same.
  10. JerseyDoug macrumors regular

    May 10, 2012
  11. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010

    A screens resolution and screen size makes its pixel density.

    So a 1280x720 32" tv has a higher ppi than a 1280x720 50" because the same amount of pixels would have to be spread out more.

    If apple wants to keep the same 326 ppi in the next iphone ( which they probably will) with the increased screen size they will need to increase the amount of pixels from 960 x 640 to 1136 x 640 ( or around that ), more pixels but because of the increase screen size the pixels will still be 326 ppi

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