Will the iPhone 5 have lower resolution?

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  1. FooArk macrumors 6502

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    Given that the screen is taller, will it lose the retina display?
     
  2. Menel, Aug 30, 2012
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    Menel macrumors 603

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    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

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    The pixel density won't change. It will be the exact same.
     
  4. mcaddict, Aug 30, 2012
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    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

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    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 6502a

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    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

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

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

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    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

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  11. acorntoy macrumors 6502a

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    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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