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Apple iPhone 6 said to have 960 x 1704-pixel resolution, Apple A8 chip details unveiled

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Apple iPhone 6 said to have 960 x 1704-pixel resolution, Apple A8 chip details unveiled

By now, you've probably heard that Apple is planning to release an iPhone 6 in two sizes, both larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5s. First, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to go official in August, and shortly after, in September, a 5.5-inch phablet-sized iPhone is said to be in the cards. What you have not heard about that much is the actual resolution of the two.

9to5Mac now lifts the cover off that secret, saying that the new iPhone 6 will have a screen with a resolution of 1704 x 960 pixels, much higher than the current 1136 x 640 pixels on the iPhone 5s. How did it arrive at this strange number, though?

For this, we have to look at the evolution of the iPhone series starting with the very first one, introduced way back in 2007. The original iPhone had a 3.5-inch display with a base resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, and Apple kept this resolution for three generations.

The iPhone 6 could have a higher resolution

The iPhone 6 could have a higher resolution

Then, the iPhone 4 launched, introducing the first mobile ‘Retina’ display to the world: it was still a 3.5-inch phone, but the resolution had jumped to 640 x 960 pixels for a pixel density unseen before - 326ppi. What Apple did to handle the transition smoother is simply double the base resolution, allowing developers to double-scale their graphics and app visuals.

Fast forward two years, and with the iPhone 5, Apple increased the 3.5-inch size of the iPhone to 4 inches, introducing the new 16:9 aspect ratio that iPhones have up to this day. But while the resolution made the jump to 1136 x 640 with the iPhone 5 (and 5s), the effective pixel density did not change and remained at 326ppi.

Now, there are reasons to believe that just like Apple effectively ‘doubled’ the base 320 x 480 screen resolution with the iPhone 4, it will triple it with the iPhone 6, but preserving the 16:9 aspect ratio of the iPhone 5. That’s where the 1704 x 960-pixel resolution idea comes from: if you triple a base 16:9 resolution of 568 x 320 pixels (half the 1136 x 640-pixel res of the iPhone 5), you arrive at this new number.

This triple scaling will allow an easier transition for developers who will allegedly get the software tools to scale graphics and update their applications.

The new resolution is said to be tested at Apple already, and if the two new iPhones launch with it, here’s how they’d look like:

  • iPhone 6, 4.7-inch display pixel density: 416ppi
  • iPhone 6, 5.5-inch display pixel density: 355ppi
iPhone 6 models pixel density
iPhone 6 models pixel density

iPhone 6 models pixel density


In terms of the looks of iOS, though, not much will change. Apple is expected to simply make icons appear bigger, keeping the same overall aesthetics.

Apple A8 details


Apple A8 chip to bring battery life improvements

Most interestingly, the new iPhones are also said to get Apple’s new A8 system-on-a-chip that will bring only slight speed improvement, but will instead receive a big efficiency power-up to improve battery life.

The Apple A8 will be key to this new iPhone preserving the buttery smooth speeds that iOS is well known for, as the new and higher resolution will certainly put more strain on the system and battery.

Finally, Apple is also said to include voice-over-LTE support in the iPhone 6, as well as change hardware components like the display to a sapphire one that is even tougher, less prone to scratches.


source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 15 May 2014, 03:54 15

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Lol my Lg G3 will have a QHD display.

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:41 30

10. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2691; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


And iP6 will have weird resolution where iFans would say its better than QHD. ;)

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:51 2

11. zhiae (Posts: 177; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


4inch to 6inch are they insane
Im really congradulate them for 960p it was unexpected
I was expecting 720p
I feel bad for i useres who never saw vid or pic on full scale screen
RID.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:27 6

42. sgodsell (Posts: 1287; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Apple is no dummy. They know if they went with a resolution lower then even FHD (1920x1080). That graphics tests and other graphics intensive applications will run faster because they are pushing less pixels then FHD display. Never mind a resolution of a QHD (2560x1440).

1136x640 = 727040 pixels, 2908160 bytes
1280x720 = 921600 pixels, 3686400 bytes
1704x960 = 1635840 pixels, 6543360 bytes
1920x1080 = 2073600 pixels, 8294400 bytes
2560x1440 = 3686400 pixels, 14745600 bytes
Pushing more pixels means pushing more bytes and with most displays push 16M colors, this means 3 bytes for colors, plus alpha and other controls making it 4 bytes per pixel. Now if you are playing a game at even 30fps. This means Apples new resolution 1704x960 will be pushing 196300800, or almost 200mb per second for 30fps. The new QHD (2560x1440) at 30fps will be pushing 442368000, or almost 450mb per second. If you try to go 60fps at these resolutions then Apples would almost be pushing 400mb a second and the LG G3 will be almost pushing 900mb a second. For me personally I will stick to 1920x1080. Its good enough for me and at the 30fps means it's pushing 250mb a second, and 500 at 60fps. QHD is nice but I will look for better features like longer battery life, more ram, more sensors.

posted on 15 May 2014, 11:27

50. Taters (Posts: 3227; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Eh? It was totally expected.

I was expecting only doubling the resolution and not tripling it though. Their entire empire depends on their apps so you know for a fact that they would use a scalable resolution.

Tripling it instead of doubling it is risky though. If they only doubled it then the CPU/GPU would perform better. Tripling it would make it lose a lot of benchmarks to their rivals.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:28 1

68. iampayne (Posts: 243; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


According to this they are only tripling the OG iPhone resoultion not the "retina" display resolution which would give way to a better benchmark score I think.

posted on 16 May 2014, 09:05

72. jroc74 (Posts: 4933; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea the article is comparing it to the orig iPhone....not the iPhone 4.

If thats the case....every time an Android OEM goes to a higher screen res....it needs to get compared to the screen res of their phones in 2008, 2009.

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:30

15. Klamba92 (Posts: 201; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


If the Oppo find 7 is anything to go the QHD looked worse than the 7A in picture and color quality, on top of that I doubt you will be able to tell the difference from a FHD display when looking at it at a normal viewing distance!

Personally I think the G3 should have stayed with the FHD display instead as they could have increased the battery life even more! On top of that there won't be any QHD content to take advantage for and will most likely jump straight to 4K!

Still regarding the iPhone 6 resolution is the main for reason for the unusual resolution, due to apps being able to scale properly without needing to change much for app developers?

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:33 6

16. madmikepr (Posts: 117; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


1080p its old fashioned With the new 960p Resolucion is a Better and Improve Resolucion For Crisp And Clear Fotos And Videos You Never Have Experience Something Like This xD LMFAO!!!!

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:12 2

37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6569; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Such a low resolution my eyes hurts already

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:24 3

39. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


STILL not 1080p... :-(

posted on 15 May 2014, 17:30

54. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6569; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I know right. they think the RETINA DISPLAY have the best screen on the market. when all blogs love its viewing angles. i mean wtf do i need to see my phone on the side for?

posted on 15 May 2014, 03:55 4

2. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Apple is the new underdog

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:07 20

6. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Welcome to 2010, you're a bit late I think, lol.

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:58 5

12. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Me? Or apple ?

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:55 2

41. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Lol your declaration is a few years late is what I meant.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:02 1

34. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


That lets me go ROFLMAO!

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:09 7

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


The last ground breaking iPhone was the iPhone 4. No one had a better screen than the retina display at that time. This new iPhone won't even match any of the phones on the market today and we are still months away from launch. The LG G3 looks so much better.

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:37 4

18. Altair (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Your LG G3 is nothing compared quality of Nokia 1520 & 930.

posted on 15 May 2014, 06:36 9

26. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Go away moron

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:43 3

40. sgodsell (Posts: 1287; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


But Nokia's 1520 & 930 is running a POS OS.

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:55

62. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And has no apps and games

posted on 15 May 2014, 03:59 11

3. jimbo1mcm (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 May 2014)


I will need a rear view mirror on my new G3 to look for an Iphone 6

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:01 2

5. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Hell yeah! Hi five bro!

posted on 15 May 2014, 03:59 6

4. GreekGeek (Posts: 841; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Yaay.. Another odd screen resolution

RIP 1080p content.

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:10 9

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 841; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


You actually dont need 1080p.... This resolution is " just right" for watching, errr... 960p videos.
But who encodes @ 960p? Lol

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:59 2

13. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


John Sculley

posted on 15 May 2014, 06:30

25. blingblingthing (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I think someone should offer a "960p video collection" app

posted on 15 May 2014, 06:24 2

24. blingblingthing (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


960p? More like a "never before seen resolution" on a mobile device.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:00 3

28. Commentator (Posts: 2432; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Phil Schiller? Is that you?

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:37 6

44. fzacek (Posts: 1840; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That's going to be Apple marketing phrase: "A never before seen screen resolution..."

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:00 1

58. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3252; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"Introducing Apple Direct HD. Optimized for mobile. When you want the best in mobile entertainment, remember ADHD, Apple Direct HD."

posted on 15 May 2014, 18:57 1

55. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


That reminds of how Steve Jobs went on and on about the antennae of the iPhone4, saying no one had ever done one that way before and how ground breaking it was. Less than a week later, massive reports of dropped calls.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:36

69. jroc74 (Posts: 4933; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


It was ground breaking and never done before....

I have yet to place 1/2 an inch of finger on a phone and it drops the signal. You can just place it on the area....dont even have to hold it.

It was wild during that time seeing so many ppl trying to dismiss and discredit scientific proof, technical proof. Anandtech and Consumer Reports trying to be dismissed and discredited was especially hilarious.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:15

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6569; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


But what if a 1080p hd movie file can't play @ that resolution?

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:24 2

8. uchihakurtz (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I can't wait to see all the black bars, remember the 4-To-5 Jump? :D

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:44 2

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Then you'll wait till forever cuz it ain't happening with that res.

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:46

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1472; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Sorry, *aspect ratio

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:04 1

29. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


This strange resolusion is still 16:9 aspect ratio.. so there won't be black bars at all!! ;)

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:28 8

9. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


*crickets chirping

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:38

70. jroc74 (Posts: 4933; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Dont worry...it will be justified and made to look revolutionary when it launched...

More proof that Apple arent the trend setters anymore. Maybe they will be again one day.

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:34

17. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 243; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


This was yesterday news..

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:53 2

21. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Odd resolution, but welcome to HD Apple.

posted on 15 May 2014, 06:37 3

27. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Ignore and look to the G3

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:45 1

33. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


deadpool is cooler :P

back on topic i think as a consumers we're all attracted to different devices so he's allowed to look where he pleases :) !

posted on 15 May 2014, 12:02

51. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Deadpool is cooler? Screw you!

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:51

60. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


No worries there. I'm not a consumer of Apple products.
Now that Apple has almost caught up to 2013, maybe they can work on a 1080 screen.

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:58 1

22. deewinc (Posts: 158; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


REvolutionary 960p

posted on 15 May 2014, 06:15 1

23. WilliamC937 (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


Quite interesting that a 960x1704p can turn into a 4.7inch display....Weird display resolution....Btw waiting for this piece of monster coming out....

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:09 1

30. antonioli (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Oh god, why they do these bizarre things....

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:09 3

31. dorianb (Posts: 407; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


& my 18+ month old DROID DNA is rocking a 1080 x 1920 display.
Thanks Apple for catching up to 2012.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:33 4

32. iampayne (Posts: 243; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


I read this article on 9to5 and I could be wrong but I don't remember them saying this was a fact. I think they were just making predictions, not posting it as something they found out.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:04

35. iMemo (Posts: 103; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Dudes... Don't look at the resolution, look at the ppi!!!

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:04 3

36. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Congratulations catching up with 2012's Androids! They're gonna use 'Best display in the world' as an ad, still. And, Fanboys will still be boasting out it's gimmick 'retina' display!

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:40 1

45. fzacek (Posts: 1840; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


"The world's only smartphone with a Retina display!"

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:17 1

47. latido (Posts: 41; Member since: 31 May 2012)


In my opinion, apple screen much better than current android flagship. It not because of retina gimmick or apple fanboy here but the screen itself. You will see the different if you compare side by side. The colour of the screen much better on apple device.

posted on 16 May 2014, 05:26

67. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I can tell you, you haven't tried S5.

posted on 16 May 2014, 15:20 1

73. latido (Posts: 41; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Thank you. I already had Note 3.. Dont want buy S5 because it pricey plus only 16gb/2gb onboard compare to 32gb/3GB RAM/lower price on my note 3. What I can say, Samsung just want your money, they doesnt care about your phone quality but the quantity.

posted on 16 May 2014, 21:10

74. refillable (Posts: 641; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Well these are the reasons why the S5 is more expensive: Better Processor + A Better Tweaked Display + More compact + Waterproofing + Better Touchwiz + Many more...

Of course, if you already like the Note 3 and have it, there is no reason to upgrade it to the S5. At least the S5 isn't as overpriced as the butts of iPhone prices.

posted on 15 May 2014, 20:54

61. rallyguy (Posts: 554; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I bet that was hard for Apple to swallow since Jobs said the human eye can only see as good as a "retina" display.

So while Apple has just broke past 2011 by going above 720. Maybe they can work on 1080 while everyone is enjoying the new QHD displays. Maybe the iPhone in 2018 will have it?
I'm sure they will milk this new resolution as long as they can though.

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