Educated forecast points to 750x1334 pixels panel for the 4.7" iPhone 6, 1242x2208 resolution for the 5.5-incher

Educated forecast points to 750x1334 pixels panel for the 4.7" iPhone 6, 1242x2208 resolution for the 5.5-incher

When Apple changed the iPhone's screen resolution for the first time with the iPhone 4, it went for exactly double the horizontal and vertical pixel count of the predecessor, without causing much trouble for developers. Later on, when the inevitable happened, and the iPhone 5's screen diagonal grew to 4 inches, Apple just increased the vertical resolution count, leaving the 640 horizontal pixels intact, which led to banding effects in some apps, but most were quickly rewritten for the new resolution anyway.

Now, with the rumored upcoming 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones, the resolution count projections get trickier, as this is the most significant jump in scree diagonal Apple has ever made with the iPhone line. Assuming that the aspect ratio stays the same, Daring Fireball's John Gruber has made some napkin calculations, forecasting that the mainstream 4.7" iPhone 6 would come close to 750 x 1334 pixels, returning 326ppi pixel density, while the huge 5.5-incher would make do with 1242 x 2208 pixels panel, and 461ppi count.

The reasoning behind these exact resolutions, is that they represent exactly 2x and 3x the current Retina Display virtual "points" that Apple now builds its iOS interface around: "make it easy for people to interact with content and controls by giving each interactive element ample spacing. Give tappable controls a hit target of about 44 × 44 points," says the company. Apple, argues Gruber, is no longer talking about interface elements in terms of pixel numbers per side, but rather "points," indicating that as long as the pixels per inch count is kept, it will be easy for developers to fit icons and other interface elements of the recommended for ergonomics' sake "tappable" size in the new resolution. Not much left until the grand unveiling, so we'll see if this logic holds water pretty soon.

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

No, it will be 960*1704 and 1280*2272 each, resulting in 416 and 475 ppi each.

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I doubt it.

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

750p!! Wow! Now iphone users will have a display with more than the standard 740p resolution... Such an astonishing flagship spec...lol

5. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

wow,standard 740p

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

750p is groundbreaking, that's innovation!

33. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple will never go beyond 720p. They will stick at 620p or what ever the hell is their NON HD retina screen is called. I found it hard to believe.

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

No there will be no point in having 416 on a 4.7 screen for Apple.

37. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

StraightEdgeNexus is that you?

11. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

We'll see to it, but as usual you'll probably be wrong...

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Full hd. Hopefully battery will improved though I'm not expecting it. It's always the downside of apple. Good luck apple lovers.

7. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

With those screens, fragmentation will be the next problem of Apple.

30. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I don't think so, with Swift, when you are done making your app, it will have options to make it for all the screen sizes preset, who would takes weeks or months to write an app just to make it for one or a few of the screen sizes?

34. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Exactly, none of these apps will be optimized to run in a selected device. Its only a minor problem btw.

35. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No....that isn't how it works, there is no "magic" make for all button. The thing that Apple fans made fun of Android for so long is just that, scaled layouts from one device to the next (although it was all largely BS anyway). Now Apple is taking a more android approach with points instead of pixels (display independent pixels or DP are the Android equivalents which have been there since day one on Android).

9. SemiFinal

Posts: 117; Member since: Jul 26, 2014

Finally end people constantly complaining about screen resolution.

12. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Yeah with amazing 750p LOL

10. NationGuettaTR

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Same s*** with more expensive price LOL. iDiots must be happy about it! :D

18. xperian

Posts: 416; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

You are idiot yourself for calling people using a phone you don't like idiots. Why don't just let everyone use whatever they want without being called idiot?

27. NationGuettaTR

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

The iDiot users thinks their phones are too innovative LOL. That's what make them iDiot. Even iPhones won't started using NFC while Android uses it for years. I don't have any problems with people i'm laughing at these iDiots okay? :)

39. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

lol you are a dumbass for calling people idiots on the bases of what smartphone they own.

13. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

720p,800p,1080p,1200p, 1440p... those are the standards I believe (16:9, 16:10) Why did Apple stubbornly deviate from these? Any logical reason behind it?

16. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

No idea...

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

No freaking clue, it makes absolutely no sense as those resolutions are more or less world wide standards. But for some reason apple wants its own....odd resolutions. I mean once we settled on the 16:9 aspect ratio they pretty much became standard, and that ratio seems to be ideal for most situations, and others are more specialized. The honest only real reason I can see for using non standard is that they can claim it as a higher expense even though I don't think it is, and bump up their product price. Which I really hope isn't what they are doing, because other product creators in general use apple as a 'how high can we price our stuff' guide.

21. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Cuz Apple like being a hipster, they don't wanna go mainstream.

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow Innovative resolutions... iGreat.....

17. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Wow! My eyes will be blinded by those rows of HD iCons!!

20. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Iphone is trailing behind in terms of productivity, customisation and multitasking. What else can iphone do rather than browsing , playing games and music. If you say you love tech but went to choose iphone5 over top andriod phones like Z2, S5, G3 , M8 and others , then you must be brain washed.

22. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

They're patenting something called "iPeePregnancy App", which also co-incidentally comes out with water resistant iPhone. This requires someone to urinate on the iPhone - then TaDa!! 1 minute later it will give a result whether you're pregnant or not.

23. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

4 inches medium side bazels 4.7 great side bazels 5.5 go back again with aweful bazels

24. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Apple still keeping the weird resolution for their iphones

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