As we’ve heard on multiple occasions, the next iPhone is set to come with a larger screen. Many are expecting Apple to release two different sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″, to better compete with the flagship Android devices. And while we’ve heard a lot about the screen sizes, no one seems to quite agree on resolution. Some have stated that we’re to see a change to standard HD resolution (1920×1080), but a report from 9to5Mac states otherwise.
According to the site’s sources, we’re to expect a resolution of 1704×960. This would give the 4.7-inch model a pixel density of 416ppi, while the larger 5.5-inch model would be 356ppi. Both exceeding the 300ppi mark required for a smartphone display to be classed as “Retina”. We’re also told to expect the ratio to remain at 16:9.
And those numbers make a lot of sense. Apple’s original iPhone screen was a 3.5-inch display with a resolution 320×480. The iPhone 4 doubled that to create the original “Retina”, with a resolution of 640×960. That’s what’s known as 2X resolution. Now, for the next generation iPhone, we’re getting what’s called 3X resolution. If the screen was returning back to the original screen ratio, that’d give us a resolution of 960×1440. But, as we’ve stated, it’s going to be longer, like the iPhone 5/5s/5c. In terms of pixels, that’s 150% increase on the current generation – taking us to the magic 960×1704 number. It’s 3 times the resolution of the original iPhone, but, longer like the iPhone 5/5s.
But if we turn to how our iOS is going to look on the larger displays, it starts to get a little disappointing. App icons, settings menus, Notification Center and other key elements are just getting bigger. So, instead of increasing the number of rows and columns, it appears we’re keeping the 4×5 app icon format, and making the icons gigantic. That said, larger apps themselves will be welcome.
Of course, this is all just speculation for now, even if it is coming from the typically reliable Mark Gurman. Only time will tell if his sources are correct.