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

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.

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



1. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

5. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

80. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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

134. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

145. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 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. 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. 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.

153. Peace

Posts: 23; Member since: May 22, 2014

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

157. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Thank you!

151. Be_Mine unregistered

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.

96. waddup121 unregistered

lol NO WAY. Apple aint gonna do this

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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 :/

9. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

12. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

they're undoubtedly the kings of marketing.

84. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A king needs followers. Apple's fans are a bunch of gullible hypocrites.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I don't give a 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.

14. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

28. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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?

43. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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."

62. tedkord

Posts: 17512; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

90. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I disagree. As long as we can have better at the same price, its never enough. Maybe you can eat enough food and drink enough boos, but tech keeps going whether you need it or not. If you dont need don't buy.

122. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I tend to agree but too high resolution on such small screen is a waste of resources ( battery , gpu ect ) Still there is sweet spot on a 5 inch thats sweet spot is 1080p. 2k is useless at thats size. Now do you all think thats the S6 and note 4 screen are better because they are 2k? i am pretty sure they would look as good if not better in 1080p if they used the same tech as they use for those 2k screen now. Did you ever notice thats a quality of a screen is much more than just the resolution?

89. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just because he doesn't complain doesn't mean he doesnt want better. You logic is actually worse. if you dont want anything above 720p you dont have to buy it. RIGHT? What does YOUR brother have to do with YOUR phone and your faulty logic? He doesn't complain. How you know? Are you glued to him all day? Maybe he doesnt complain to you. How do you know he isnt also on this site complaining he wants higher resolutions?

121. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

FHD is perfect for 4.5 to 10 inch in my eye at least. 720P was fine on such screen too but there is a clear difference between 720P and 1080 on such screen so 1080 is the best for thats size in my eye.

140. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

They're not saying it's poor quality, but if you're going to be upgrading and paying that much money for something new, it should have better internals, software, etc to make the upgrade worthwhile. Also, iPhone people say that quad HD is a gimmick now but wait until Apple releases a phone with quad HD and they'll be the first to praise it. It was the same with screen size for years, you guys said 4 inches was enough and and yet with the increased size Apple is currently experiencing a massive surge in sales now.

143. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Every iPhone has better internals than the last, a software upgrade and a display that ranks in the top tier year after year. That is an upgrade for Apple users. The average consumer isn't looking to spend an afternoon customizing their phone and isn't worried about how many cores their phone has. They want consistency, ease of use and customer service. People will pay for that and they know Apple will provide it. Popularity and brand recognition plays a huge part, but so does customer satisfaction and loyalty. A lot of us are happy customers. It isn't because we are sheep, it is because we prefer what Apple has to offer. There are a lot more Android users than Apple worldwide, so I can't see why they are so insecure. The sales surge is not just iPhone 5 and 5S owners running to the Apple Store. A large portion of it is Android defectors who abandoned iOS because Apple refused to increase screen size, which didn't affect sales one bit year after year.

155. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

I didn't call you a sheep though, it would be hypocritical of me considering I have an apple tablet. While it's true that it's consistent I don't really see them as major upgrades, the screens are not that different from the 5s, they've also been near the top with display because the iPhone always had better color accuracy than other phones, but android devices have since then caught up. It also comes down to preference, the Samsung phones of the past may not have been very color accurate, but some people actually preferred that pop in color. The only issue I take with an iPhone is the low RAM, tumblr can be frustrating to use with such low RAM with the page reloading because the RAM can't handle all the content on certain pages. Also the PPI I've gotten used to higher resolution screens, when I watch YouTube videos I immediately switch them to 1080P.

158. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I wasn't referencing you as calling me a sheep, rather the masses that continue to toss Apple owners into that category. Especially since most of us don't use all Apple devices as are one and only. I have a MacBook Pro, but I mostly use my Lenovo Thinkpad running Windows 10 preview. I am a strong Windows supporter. I can see your gripes. I just haven't had such issues regarding RAM, but that probably comes down to my use. The PPI resolution isn't discernible. I can't see the sharpness being of much value when the eye can't discern such differences.

150. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

They do have an option. They can buy the 6 plus with a 1080p screen. I have it and honestly, it's not that noticeable from my old iPhone 5. The screen resolution crap is spec sheet jibber jabber. I haven't heard anybody complaining about their iPhones not having a sharp enough screen.

35. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

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

86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There are advantages. Sharper pictures, better color tones, more efficient even with higher resolutions and more. Just because you are technically smart enough to understand and think its a gimmick, doesn't make it true. Without the display the phone is almost useless for anything past being a phone or a paperweight. I guess 1080p TV is a gimmick too since it offers no advantages vs the old one...right? Grow up and get educated.

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