According to a new report from Chinese website Tencent Digital News (via AppleInsider), Apple’s iPhone 6 is set to come in two versions. One model will have a 4.7-inch display which is now in trial production and expect to be unveiled as early as June. The 4.7-inch iPhone is expected to feature the 1,136-pixel-by-640 pixel display as seen in the iPhone5/5s. However, another model sporting a 5.7-inch display is expected to come with a higher resolution screen and will be released later in the year, the report said.
Retaining the 1,136×640 resolution on a 4.7-inch display contradicts a recent report by DisplaySearch, who predicted that the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone will have a 1600×900 display with 386ppi.
Writing for 9t05mac, Ben Lovejoy suggests that there is a possibility that Apple may keep the current resolution:
There are two ways of increasing the size of a display. First, you can keep the resolution the same and simply use larger pixels. That’s what happens when a manufacturer makes a 1080P HD TV in both 40- and 50-inch sizes, for example. Both have 1920×1080 pixel displays, it’s just that the 50-inch display has larger pixels.
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However, I preferred the theory posited by a PMZanetti on post –
It’s fair to note, Ben, that iOS developers have had exactly 2 phones at each iPhone resolution since the beginning, before being met with a change…
480 x 320
960 x 640
1132 x 640
Each time developers had to address their apps for the display of a new iPhone. I don’t think it will be any different with iPhone 6 & 6S. Apple is not just going to enlarge iOS on the iPhone by making larger pixels. How silly.
It will be a new resolution.
Source: Tencent Digital News