The blogsphere is somewhat bussy with reports and speculation pertaining to Apple’s next-in-line, still got five months until the release of the so-called “iPhone 6”. The larger, new handset ready for the fall release period, and according to the reports about the iPhone 6 rumors from KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo published his first possible screen resolution for Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Also lists it as a 1334 x 720 Retina display with a pixel density of 329ppi.
Apple’s alleged iPhone 6 to pack a 4.7″ display and if this news is accurate then listen to this tech fan, who has sought to offer an idea of how apps might look when optimized for the new, larger panel.
Digging the history; Apple has been very cautious with resolution changes in their iOS devices. The original iPhone was launched with a 320×480 resolution. Then moved to 640×960 Retina display, doubling the linear resolution in each dimension. Allowed existing apps to easily be pixel-doubled to fill the entire screen resolution.
Developers took their time to update their iOS apps to fully support the higher resolution display, then, once agin Apple moved from 3.5″ to 4-inch screens in the iPhone 5, by simply adding a vertical resolution. Which allowed existing apps to run in a letterbox format with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Now!
According to The Verge forum user Pi reckons that Apple may retain the same pixel density with the 4.7″ iPhone 6 display as with the 4″ panel of the iPhone 5s. Making the display sharper, the Cupertino company could simply add pixels to fill out the increased surface area with ‘Retina’ rules.
Note: Before the 4-inch iPhone releases, Apple began encouraging developers to use AutoLayout in designing their apps:
Auto Layout is a system that lets you lay out your app’s user interface by creating a mathematical description of the relationships between the elements. You define these relationships in terms of constraints either on individual elements, or between sets of elements. Using Auto Layout, you can create a dynamic and versatile interface that responds appropriately to changes in screen size, device orientation, and localization.
AutoLayout covers the way of apps to more easily adapt to changes in display sizes and resolution in the future. The Verge member believes apps that haven’t been optimized for the larger display would be letterboxed, similar to the manner which the iPad deals with the app tweaked for the iPhone’s display. Once a developer updated and optimized an app to suit the increased real estate, all would be back to normal. Illustration of the theory is placed below!
This image shows how an “unoptimized” app would appear (left) compared to one that has been optimized for the 4.7″ display (right):
If Apple prepping to adopt a 1334×750 4.7″ display as predicted by Kuo, it would preserve the same pixel density as the iPhone 5s with 326ppi (pixel per density). Means, all existing user interface elements, such as icons, would be the same size but would allow for more screen space. It’s to be called an iPhone 6 Phablet, rather than a smartphone.
The resident analyst noting that the resolution of the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inch display measure in at 1,334 x 750 pixels, it’s scraping the barrel of high-definition when comparable releases from rivals are offering 1080p full HD as a minimum. The pixels allows Apple to fit exactly one extra row of icons onto the iPhone home screen.
This mockup below shows the relative size of the 4.7″ iPhone screen and how much extra room there would be using the exact same icons as on the current iPhone.
Apple pretty much good in marketing the Retina capabilities of its iOS devices, and given that it still uses the preceivably more favorable LCD technology where most others choose AMOLED, it will be no doubt be interesting to see how the company markets the panel of its forthcoming release. It seems that this resolution choice could provide Apple and developers a reasonable upgrade path for a larger factor iPhone.
Do you think that Apple should be looking to increase the display resolution with the iPhone 6? Share your thoughts about this phablet-like-smartphone!
(Sources: TheVerge, MacRumors)