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Apple iPhone 6s may come with a 1080p display, 6s Plus could boast a 2K panel

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Apple iPhone 6s may come with a 1080p display, 6s Plus could boast a 2K panel
Apple is not one to throw massive iPhone specs or design upgrades willy-nilly at every possible edition. Instead, it carefully weighs its options, waiting for this or that technology to mature, prove useful (and fall in price), before it jumps on it wholeheartedly. Nowhere is that peculiarity of Apple's iPhone upgrade mantra more visible than in the screen department. Apple held back from enlarging the screens of its iPhone franchise in any significant manner for years, while Android was running amok with 5"+ handsets becoming the norm.

Ditto with the resolution and pixel density count, but this year the trend might change, if a reported tip from Apple's supply chain is to be believed. The popular Feng network in China has sourced info that Apple might go with a full 1080p display for the upcoming iPhone 6s, and a 2K (QHD?) one for its second phablet edition - the iPhone 6s Plus, 7 Plus, or whatever the company decides to name it.

First in-cell touch QHD display by JDI

First in-cell touch QHD display by JDI

Apple was recently rumored to invest $1.7 billion in the largest mobile display maker JDI for a new iPhone panel plant, so there might be some merit to the speculation that it will be introducing different panels on the 4.7" iPhone 6s and the 5.5" 6s Plus than what we have on last year's editions. 

In any case, the sources also confirmed for the umpteenth time that Apple will indeed go with a 12 MP camera with a Sony sensor for this year's iPhones, which is a very interesting development in its own turn, as the sensor is reported to be of the RGBW variety, improving low-light and color reproduction capabilities. 

If we collate all these rumors together, it might turn out that this year's iPhone edition will throw much more bones at the fans of the brand than usual for the intermediate annual upgrade scheme we are accustomed to. Back in the spring, after all, JDI announced that it has created the first Quad HD panel with in-cell touch technology, so there is a chance that might be the same panel we will see in the eventual 6s Plus.

source: Feng (Weibo) via RedmondPie

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posted on 03 Jun 2015, 05:31 32

1. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


In your dreams. Apple never bumps up the resolution in the S models. This is BS PA. The only time when they improve the res is when they increase the screen size to guarantee that proper ppi is preserved.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:01 1

5. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


They save the sales argument for the next model, just like when they skimp on the RAM to have it as a selling point to the next year or so.

The more the PPI the sharper the image, it is the absolute reality, then how we personally perceive the picture is quite irrelevant.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:13 8

10. frydaexiii (Posts: 1471; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I know right? Even if they did, the welcoming committee for 1080p screens already went home last year.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 09:09 7

80. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13546; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Apple never brings out stuff until its perfect - That was until Apple Maps and Apple Ping, the iPhone 4 and the bending iPhone 6+.

With the competition breathing on them hard, Apple may not do a lot of things they use to do, but lately they have been doing them.

This is the real world.

if Apple doesn't provide some type of upgrade with the new models, they are afraid no one would buy them. Even to ever S upgrade has been nothing more than speed bumps the fools keep buying them. But Apple is afraid that will soon end. After all Samsung got ridiculed so bad about the S5, after it got off to a good start, the sales took a drastic hit. Problem is though, they will praise the sh*t out of an iPhone for doing the same and they sell like crazy. Again the hate of Samsung and other OEMs is sad. Look how they bashed the HTC M9 for basically being an M8

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 09:38 1

96. waddup121 (unregistered)


lol NO WAY. Apple aint gonna do this

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 14:04 2

134. Finalflash (Posts: 3433; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Apple isn't afraid of losing customers because they have trapped a very lucrative part of the market, the tech illiterate (mostly). They don't know or care about specs, they just want an Apple logo on their phone and something they are familiar with. They also have the tech media in their pockets and so even their mediocre offerings get high praises. The software is buggy? So what, it will be fixed in half a years time. The phone bends? It is fine, it was only 9 people, Apple wouldn't lie. The camera is meh? No, it is amazing and class leading, just don't do a blind democratic comparison. It is a perfect situation for them, and they will abuse it well.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 17:37 1

145. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


You must be referring to the average consumer that expects their phone to be simple, fast and consistent. When it doesn't do those things, they have a face behind the product rather than a phone number and a shipping box or a bunch of forums to sort through.You must mean these people.

Buggy Software? Good luck convincing me that others don't face the same issues, especially since most don't support their device range past 1-2 years. Apple usually updates their devices multiple times within a year to add or repair features along with a yearly OS upgrade, which some companies can't seem to do for their ecosystem. It isn't perfect, but what is?

The phone bends...The King of Android is put to the test.
http://9to5google.com/2015/04/03/galaxy-s6-edge-bend-test/
That phone is 5.1 inches and fared worse than the iPhone 6+, which is a phone much larger in size. They had the same response as Apple, claiming that it won't happen under normal conditions, which is absolutely true.

The camera ranks among the best cameras available on a smartphone today. It was beaten by the S6 Edge and Note 4, which are great Android offerings. That being said, I would say the device is quite capable with its 8mp shooter.
http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-Edge-review-Top-ranking-Smartphone-has-the-Edge

Apple creates great products with a very solid ecosystem that includes phones, tablets, and computers. Popular Android OEM's like Samsung, LG, and Sony also make excellent products. The BlackBerry Passport is great for its customer base. The Lumia series devices are very solid performers all the way to the budget handsets. The point is you shouldn't throw rocks at glass houses and the devices are more than capable and comparable to any other flagship from rival operating systems.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 18:13

151. Be_Mine (Posts: 59; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


It's true. The HTC One M7, M8 are still a great choice even among the various android phones. But the same cannot be said about the iPhone 5, 5s, they seems like they are from 5-8 years ago.

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 00:21

153. Peace (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 May 2014)


I enjoyed reading your post. Logical and well thought. Keep it up!

posted on 04 Jun 2015, 10:50

157. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Thank you!

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 05:33 9

2. Wiencon (Posts: 2001; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Retina ppi is perfectly fine for me, I would take better battery life instead of useless pixels. Anyway, this year's iPhone looks like killer for now, if only not their hatred towards jailbreakers :/

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:10 23

9. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


I give a medal to Apple because they imprinted "Retina" in the public consciousness as something scientifically correct argument.

But I do not believe in limited hardware.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:19 8

12. seanwhat (Posts: 284; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


they're undoubtedly the kings of marketing.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:19 7

13. Wiencon (Posts: 2001; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I don't give a s.it if it's called Retina or Super AMOLED+, the point is it's enough and more is just gimmick and doesn't have any advantages. I bet that if You hold some chinese phone with 720p on 4.7 inch You will not be able if it's FHD or QHD unless you compare it with such displays. But I'm sure 95% people would say that it's ENOUGH.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:24 20

14. frydaexiii (Posts: 1471; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It's enough because iPhones users DON'T HAVE a better option. With Android, if I'm using a 720p screen phone, I can say it's not enough and get a 1080p or 2k screened phone. Can't say that with an iPhone since the option isn't made available to you.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:50 6

26. AlikMalix (unregistered)


Just so we're on same page, Retina doesn't mean specific ppi count, it means based on screen size, this is best ballance between what the eye can see at common distance and processor/battery optimization middle ground. I think it's spot on - Sharp, yet not a resource hog.

Why do Apple haters care what we Apple users are looking at... you're happy with your specs, I'm happy with mine.. It seems that you guys cannot get your "high" unless the specs are highest regardless of negative effect on battery and processor... I honestly do not see the benefit...

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:55 6

28. Wiencon (Posts: 2001; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Really, fandroid's logic is something that needs to be examined...

No, it's not about that, my brother has LG Optimus G and guess what - 720p is enough, I never heard him complaining about sharpness. I had Z3 C - no problem at all, my mother has G2 - it's 1080p on 5.2 inch, perfect sharpness, Note 3 - FHD on 5.7, also fine. You fandroids are really hypocrites, when S3 came out everyone was like: wow, 720p on 4.8, crazy! And now everyone's saying that FHD on 5inch gives poor image quality.
I don't like using "fandroid" word but in this case your logic is really "dead inside".
And I remember my friend saying, wow look, it's FHD on my 5inch Xperia Z and I was like: cool, and what?

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:55 11

30. seanwhat (Posts: 284; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


they don't 'care', they're just laughing at you in the same way that you would laugh at a tin foil hat wearer if you saw him wearing an actual tin foil hat. sure he might be happy with his tin foil hat, but it's stupid and it's doing nothing for him, and he wasted £200 on it because he bought it from some website that said it protects his brain 4x more than standard tin foil. the haters are commenting on the facts, not the way you feel about your phone.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 06:57 2

31. Wiencon (Posts: 2001; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Virtual high-five.

People just need to understand that choosing a product is result of many aspects combinated and personal preferences play biggest part in it.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:01

32. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


I don't look for forward for Apple to go beyond retina resolution plus more pixel mean less frames on games but i personally like full HD at around 5 inch anything beyond this is useless for me.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:06 2

34. Macready (Posts: 1413; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


The "Retina" moniker never included battery/processor optimizations or the term middle ground.
It generally described what we supposedly can still see at a "normal viewing distance", which depending on the purpose of display (size included), will indeed vary in PPI.

But viewing distance strongly varies per person too, as does eye sight (in both directions, 160% of what is considered 20/20, is still rather common, ask your optometrist).

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:06 12

35. vergil9 (banned) (Posts: 517; Member since: 06 Apr 2015)


I used to say that, QHD is completely usesless on anthing under 6"
That is until I bought a Note 4.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:07 11

37. leftheodo (Posts: 106; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Is retina ppi perfectly fine for you as was the 4 inch display last year? You sh33ps never stop to amaze me. When Apple puts a QHD display on the iPhone it will be "the new standard" for you people. If you want a better battery life buy a Note 4 which destroys the iPhone in every way and has a QHD display. You can put an Apple sticker at the back if it makes you feel better...

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:11 8

40. seanwhat (Posts: 284; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


higher res = better graphics in games though. you can talk all you want about higher res meaning nothing day to day, and that's fine (i agree that anything higher than fhd is pointless for this), but when you're taking about games and graphics it's a completely different kettle of fish.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:14 14

43. frydaexiii (Posts: 1471; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Really? When the S3 came out it was the best screen and highest resolution ever produced AT THAT POINT IN TIME.

Did you expect people to say "Oh, it's too bulky, the resolution is so blur and the color reproduction is really poor." when someone first invented and presented the first color television to us? No, it's an amazing feat AT THAT POINT IN TIME! Only when we have something better to compare it to is it poor now.

Seriously, is this iFan logic? "Well, 750p screen on the iPhone 6, it is better than all 2013 phone screens which are only 720p, suck it fandroids."

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:23 3

46. Iodine (Posts: 1375; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Apple is all about balancing things nicelly. May or may not be sucesfull.

But yes retina has been criticized for having too high ppi back in 2010 (480p is perfect !) and now is critized for being too low. That means it doesn't matter what Apple does, it has to be bad acording to iHaters.
And for that unobjectivity iHaters opinion doesn't mean much.

If Apple will introduce a 2K display in some point in future, sudenly 4K displays will make sense to iHaters.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 07:40 2

57. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


haha i love this post (points at post #30)

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 08:03 14

62. tedkord (Posts: 13236; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Technically, 640X480 is enough. You can tell what anything is, you can read text. It's enough. But these are multimedia devices, and higher res makes sense. You can watch TV at standard definition of you want, it's enough. it looks better at full HD.

And the reviews are out there. The displays on the Note 4 and S6 look better than the iPhone. And if it looks better, it's not a gimmick. But please, stand on your principles, and don't buy the new iPhones is they improve the resolution.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 08:05 4

63. tedkord (Posts: 13236; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, that's not how Apple defined retina. They claim it's the limit in resolution at approximately one foot viewing distance that the human eye can discern. And it pure BS.

posted on 03 Jun 2015, 09:16 2

83. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13546; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


What retina PPI? The 1080p display on the iPhone 6+ even though it is an IPS panel, does not cram the pixels in the space like the older models. You can look at the PPi number on the 6+ and compare it to the Note 4 and they are fairly close. Because the 5.5" display is smaller, the PPI count goes up a bit, but the gap is very small.

If it was a true IPS display like on the iPhone 4, the PPI would be above 600PPI on the 6+ and it isnt. Sorry its not better you just think it is

Oh and same for that lame 750p iPhone 6. Compare the PPI of the iPhone 6 with a phone with a 720p or 768p display.

Example, compare the display PPI fo the Galaxy S III vs the iPhone 6. The iPhone is 4.7" vs the S3 at 4.8". The iPhone has 326PPI which is where it was on the iPhone 4/4S models even though the display is .7" larger vs the S3 which is at 306PPI.

Where does havign the IPS display offer any benefit? NONE. Its ll in your head because you fell for Apple's marketing bullsh*t. Its that simple.

Retina Display is equal to the grass is green and the sky is blue, and a fool is always a fool.

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