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The iOS simulator for iOS 6 shows that a 4-inch screen and 640x1136 resolution makes the most sense for the next iPhone

A new report from 9 to 5 Mac provides further evidence that Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a few screen changes, such as size and resolution.

As we near the next-generation iPhone's announcement on September 12, more and more rumors are making their way around as far as specs go. It is to have a slightly updated design with a screen that measures 3.999 inches diagonally (which is about 30 percent larger than the current iPhone 4S), a smaller dock connector (as opposed to the usual 30-pin), a relocated headphone jack, centered camera, and a unibody casing with metal backplates.

While some of these specs are still up in the air awaiting confirmation, 9 To 5 Mac may have figured out some truth to the screen-related rumors. Using the iOS simulator application in the iOS development tools, 9 To 5 Mac created a few different scenarios that compared iOS 5.1 and iOS 6.

What it found was that the iOS 6 version was fitted for larger displays (meaning the new 3.999-inch screen rather than the standard 3.5-inch screen for the current iPhone). IOS 6 is scalable to a longer display, even showing five full rows of apps per screen while the current iPhone only has four rows.

In addition, 9 to 5 Mac applied a 640x1136 resolution to the iOS 6 display using the iOS simulator, and found that this was the only resolution that fit perfectly with the screen size. Other resolutions made the screen's apps look like the iPad's layout, which is not typical of the iPhone.

While 9 to 5 Mac isn't 100 percent that Apple will go with this screen size and resolution, the evidence is stacking up that this may be the case. I guess we'll find out come September. 

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

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RE: So Innovative!
By omnicronx on 8/9/2012 1:56:09 AM , Rating: 2
In their defense, they have to in order to retain 'Retina' while enlarging the screen.

A 4" screen @ 640x1136 is around 326 ppi.. same as the iPhone4/4S...

The only side effect I can see is the aspect ratio is a slightly weird 1.775:1 (i.e not exactly 16:9 but very very close)

RE: So Innovative!
By StevoLincolnite on 8/9/2012 2:05:02 AM , Rating: 2
They could have just thrown a larger screen into the 4S to begin with and called it a day when it first launched.

RE: So Innovative!
By omnicronx on 8/9/12, Rating: 0
RE: So Innovative!
By B3an on 8/9/2012 3:29:28 AM , Rating: 2
When the iPhone 5 is out, its screen will already be inferior to alternatives like the HTC One X. And its looking like HTC already have a 1080p res phone in the works.

RE: So Innovative!
By a5cent on 8/9/2012 6:27:26 AM , Rating: 4
Theoretically, 1080p is superior. However, I can't imagine a 1080p display (at 4") actually being useful for anything beyond spec based bragging rights. I'm using a 720p display (at > 4") and it too has long surpassed the point where I can tell one pixel from the next.

On the other hand, those higher resolutions are costing us in other places like frame rates in 3D games and battery drain.

What is the point?

Better battery life, better microphones and speakers, much better GPU's, and software that actually uses the hardware we already have would be much more useful than higher resolutions and more cores.

RE: So Innovative!
By inperfectdarkness on 8/10/2012 4:28:54 AM , Rating: 3
I'm inclined to agree. On a ~4-5" display, 1080p is probably sufficient. Kudos to apple for trying to push the market forward. Now if only I could get a 15" display with > than 1080p...and NOT have to buy a mac.

RE: So Innovative!
By Samus on 8/11/2012 1:52:12 AM , Rating: 2
I'm so tired of hearing this 3.999" figure thrown out it makes me want to take a dump on my wifes iPod.

I just took a micrometer to my Conquer 4G (which has a 3.5" screen nearly identical to the iPhone 3GS, ~165ppi) and it measures ~3.51" (I can't measure thousandths) from pixel 0x0 to pixel 320x480. The border was excluded.

I don't see Samsung advertising it as a 3.512" screen. Is this just some ultra-lame hype machine for the hipsters or is Apple genuinely that f-ing geeky?

It's a 4" screen. If they call it anything else at launch, all hope is lost in the world.

RE: So Innovative!
By WalksTheWalk on 8/9/2012 8:52:14 AM , Rating: 2
Having used an iPhone 4S (work) and T-Mobile Galaxy S2 (personal) for the past 6 months, I can say I strongly prefer the Galaxy S2's 4.5in. SAMOLED+ screen over the iPhone 4S (3.5in. SLCD2). The noticeable resolution differences are nominal and the SAMOLED+ screen's contrast and color saturation is tremendous over the SLCD2. The SLCD2 is marginally better for text, but that's about it.

It will help that the iPhone 5 is moving to a 4in. screen and I'm interested in seeing the new super thin LCD technology that it's reported to have. I won't be buying one because of Apple patent trolling, but I want to see what the tech looks like.

RE: So Innovative!
By Guspaz on 8/9/2012 11:40:08 AM , Rating: 2
I'm admittedly comparing with similar phones, but I can't stand the insane oversaturated colour (resulting from an excessively wide colour gamut) on modern Android phones like the Galaxy Nexus or SGS2. This isn't a factor of the technology, as far as I can tell, but a conscious choice on the part of the phone manufacturer.

As it stands, I would never buy any phone using an OLED screen with such a gamut.

RE: So Innovative!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 11:49:29 AM , Rating: 3
There absolutely is a technical reason for the vibrant color gamut. It's due to the insanely superior contrast ratio SAMOLED+ has over the competition. It's not "over saturated" though.

RE: So Innovative!
By WalksTheWalk on 8/9/2012 5:29:51 PM , Rating: 2
On my SGS2, the official ICS update from Samsung toned down color profile a bit so it wasn't quite as saturated for reds and greens as the Gingerbread profile was. I wouldn't call it over-saturated but it's a matter of personal opinion. The color now very closely matches my plasma TV at home, which is fully calibrated.

RE: So Innovative!
By Mint on 8/10/2012 7:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
Pentile OLED 1280x720 (or in my case, 1280x800) is superior to 960x640 LCD. Pentile is simply a smarter way to arrange pixels, giving you higher avg resolution for the same sub-pixel count.

When it comes to blacks levels and contrast, through, LCD doesn't hold a candle to AMOLED. It's such an amazing display experience (largely due to the lack of good blacks ever since the CRT died off) that barring some technological revolution, I'll never buy another LCD phone or TV again.

Honestly, whether you compare the 4S screen to an 800x480 non-pentile OLED display (available before the release of the 4S) or a 1280x720 pentile AMOLED (available shortly after), I prefer the AMOLED screen over the iPhone.

RE: So Innovative!
By B3an on 8/9/2012 3:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
They only increased the vertical res because the new iPhone screen seems to be 16:9 aspect ratio. Where as the current iPhones are all 3:2. So naturally they've kept the horizontal pixels the same (640) but increased the vertical pixels from 960 to 1136 to make up for the increased height.

But it still dont match high-end Android (and soon WP8) phones with have 720p and higher.

And its funny because Apple are now copying Android phones with both aspect ratio and higher resolution. If it was the other way around Apple would probably try and sue.

RE: So Innovative!
By quiksilvr on 8/9/2012 9:07:56 AM , Rating: 2
What boggles my mind is WHY isn't it just 1280x720? Would it really be the end of the world if the phone is slightly wider by a measly 0.2"? And its not like they're concerned with backwards compatibility with other docks since the connector is changing.

RE: So Innovative!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 9:32:51 AM , Rating: 1
That would require Apple to dig into their "war chest" and pay for an entirely different form factor. This way they can half-ass one and claim the screen is "bigger", when it's barely a change.

It's just an epic fail on their part that they still cannot meet the standard res for high end handsets, which is now 720p.

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