Apple may "revamp" all iOS displays in 2014

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This isn't too much of a surprise, given that Apple has taken to changing its display technology every two years for its mobile devices, but a new report from DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh says that the indications from the Asian supply chain show that all of Apple's next-gen iOS devices may see a display boost.

The current set of iPhones have been using the same basic display since the iPhone 4 (released in June 2010) with the only difference coming in the display getting slightly bigger with the iPhone 5 (released in September 2012.) Similarly, the iPad 3 and 4 both used the same display, and it is expected that the iPad 5 will also use that same display. The iPad mini is expected to get a new display this year, but we've already talked about what that means for the tablet (hint: delays). So, next year is when we would expect to not only see new displays in all of the products (except maybe the iPad mini), we would also expect a brand new design for the iPhone. 

There has been a number of different rumors over the recent months that have indicated that Apple is seriously looking into creating something of an iPhablet. The earlier rumors had said Apple was testing displays all the way from the decidedly smartphone size of 4.7-inches, all the way up to the true phablet size of 6-inches. Hsieh says that it may soon become a "necessity" for Apple to release a phablet, but doesn't mention any concrete evidence that the company is working towards that goal. 

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66 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Yes please. The only time that I'll switch my GS4 to an iPhone is when they switch to at least a 5" screen.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not going yo happen anytime soon. If they jump ship a larger screen size, expect 4.3" at max. Fragmentation will occur if they jump straight into the 5" territory.

72. g2a5b0e unregistered

Please explain further, Smurf. The last increase in screen was by .5". Why would they only go to 4.3" at max next time? Also, it would seem to me that making the phone much bigger would allow them to quadruple the resolution (go to 2272x1280) easier. Not saying that that's what Apple is planning on doing, but doubling both dimensions would actually reduce fragmentation, would it not?

16. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Hopefully not more then 4.7". I really don't want a larger device than that. They might bring a Phablet as well. Who knows. At least it looks like that Apple is not willing to let the same happen to its tablets as to its iPhones because Apple differentiates its iPads much better and faster than its iPhones.

64. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

I agree... I'm not a fan of screen sizes greater than 4.5". I like operating my phone efficently with one hand. Operating my old Galaxy Nexus with one hand was a pain in the ass.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What Apple needs to do is at least offer a display with at least a HD resolution. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to keep 640p in 2013?

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Because the masses will still buy it.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Selling the same display dimensions for three years in a row is what I call stubborn. The hell with this company.

7. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

no, it's actually being smart. Because people will always buy the "new" iPhone , and by keeping it the same Apple makes even more money...

12. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The 5S is my first iPhone. I tried android for 2+ years and with the 5S' 64-bit processor, there's simply no comparison. I approached some strangers to engage in speed tests using wifi. These android users had the latest smart phones and they were just as curious to see the 5S in action. It was no contest running speed tests on testmyspeed.com or testmy.net (we ran the test 3 times on each site). The 5S is no joke -- it's a beast of a device. Apple got one thing right with the 5S -- they made sure the end user will have a great web surfing experience.

21. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

a great web surfing experience on a 4" screen? LMAO Yeah good luck with that, hope you dont get astigmatism staring at that tiny screen. now the nexus 7 2013 is a great web surfing experience.

60. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The 5S is the best web experience I've had do far, and I own a note 2. It's not just screen size dude. There's cut/copy/paste, text reflow (reader in iOS), sharing from the web, built in dictionary's, fluidity, and text to voice dictation. Tons of variables create the web experience. And just so you know, we're talking phones here. The nexus 7 is a tablet. Let's think before we post.

62. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"4".screen" is that all you have?

22. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

This Android guy is using an iPhone 5S for 30 days to compare it with Android: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1lxlIafsvE

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Armando! +1

25. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

So we're supposed to believe total strangers had a speed test against your new phone? ok

30. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Are you implying that internet speed tests are an indication of processing power?

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You went up to total strangers and ran tests... Yeah ok buddy lol. iPhones have some of the worst wifi performance of any smartphone. Put an iPhone 5S next to a S4, Oppo Find 5, HTC One, or Note 3 and all will score more than the iPhone does (Speedtest.net app). EDIT: POST 3000! :D

42. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Dude, let's be honest here... I'm tired of people and their "the device x is my first x brand device and its much better than my previous brand y device" anyone with some time posting around here should easily know you have been an apple fanboy from day 1 not only having arguments on how much you love iOS but you also lacked basic android knolege and frequented posted links to what it seemed to be your blog so we would see your post (reason witch got you banned once if I remember correctly). If papa or xperia where the ones posting this I would believe them but since its you I doubt it

54. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol exactly. He tried to sound cool but backfired. Being bias = bad for the soul. Side note, thanks for mentioning me! Automatic +1 for you. :)

48. mattmasi303

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

*the latest smartphones* lol sounds like bs to me, and ican run 4 different speed test apps on my home wifi can get way different speeds. You can hand a iphone 5 to any iphone user and call it a 5S and you wouldn't see a difference in how they perform..

63. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Sure the 64-bit is an innovation but it does nothing else when the phone only has 1gb of ram, same as last gen. There are not many apps that will even use the 64-bit benefits so sure there is no comparison but if you cant even use the benefits then whats the point of the 64 bit stuff? Its marketing gimmick and allows them to price the phone higher

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

You can call it stubborn, but the customer satisfaction numbers continue to be "through the roof" of any leading flag ship smartphone.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I see your point, but for a company that brags about them having the most innovative OS in the world, it can't support 720p resolution for their smart phones. The iPhone needs a complete 360 in design, inside and out.

17. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

yeah, completely agree the should have atleast introduced a 720p resolution this year so the apps could catch up with new resolution..and then jump 4.3" screen in 2014!! [or even 4.5"]

23. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

What do you mean a 360 in design *inside* and out though? You do not consider the A7 to be worthwhile? I think they are doing pretty darn well on the innards, since they started doing their own silicon designs. The A7 is a beast despite running at only 1.3Ghz and being Dual Core.

36. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

No, I don't. Design, screen size, screen resolution, NFC, larger battery capacity, and camera all need to change with the new iPhone. The whole rehashing things from last model is doing more harm than good. And don't even bother playing the "9 million iPhones sold" card. It was 9 million shipped.

33. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

says you, the average salary commenter on a cell phone forum...yet w/out 720p resolution & a so-called outdated OS Apple continues to hit solid figures in terms of money made from iPhone alone & contains a very loyal customer base. numbers show that they don't need a 360 redesign...at least not yet.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Lots of people like Miley Cyrus, what's that say?

19. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Of course it's going to have high customer satisfaction because it's the SAME PHONE EVERY YEAR. And as far as those speed test. Look man for god sake the os is limited.How do you think it will do in a speed test. I notice you didn't mention features on the 5s. Because that's it's main weak point. Thise people with those flagships could probably care less about some speed test. They are too busy with multi windows and real multitasking.

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