iPhone 6 could tote Retina Plus HD display & two sizes
The Apple iPhone 6 is not even likely to be the next iteration of the iPhone line and yet it is still gathering plenty of attention. We’ve already heard many rumblings of possible inclusions for the iPhone 6 and previously discussed leaked information talking about new Sharp display technology for the iPhone 6. Now it seems this could be taking a further step forward and could be a Retina+ HD display and there’s also a possibility that the iPhone 6 could come with two display sizes.
In February we told of Jefferies analyst Peter Misek and his forecast of a Retina+ Sharp IGZO display for the iPhone 6 and then more recently we told of another rumor about a Sharp display being used that could recognize handwriting from a standard pen or pencil rather than a special stylus. Now it seems that with top new smartphones such as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 having 1080p full HD displays Apple recognizes its standard Retina display, that once turned heads, needs to be improved further if the iPhone 6 is to be a force to be reckoned with.
It’s reported that Apple is testing out various iPhone 6 concepts and prototypes and is also in the process of producing a higher resolution Retina display for the iPhone 6 and a Retina+ HD display would certainly be a logical move. The iPhone 5S is rumored for a release this summer but is thought to be more of a minor refresh to the iPhone 5 and so the iPhone 5S is likely to stick with the same Retina display of the iPhone 5. Because the iPhone 5S is not likely to be a major revamp it’s thought that the Retina+ HD display plus a larger size screen would be much more likely to come with the iPhone 6 in early 2014, thus avoiding screen fragmentation as much as possible.
Of course it’s not going to be possible to negate screen fragmentation completely but it would make sense for this to occur if necessary, at the beginning of a new cycle of iPhone and in a new year. The Sharp IGZO display mentioned previously still looks likely to be the focus of any new Retina HD+ display with a boost in size to 5-inches. At CES 2013 a phone with a 5-inch display was shown using Sharp IGZO technology with a 720p HD resolution. However bearing in mind that full HD displays are now becoming almost commonplace, Apple and Sharp would need to improve this to 1080p and it would almost seem like a step backwards if they didn’t.
The Sharp IGZO display would not only be more power efficient but could possibly be used with the increased touch responsiveness that we mentioned earlier, enabling a pen to be used on the display for texts, notes, emails etc. So what about differing screen sizes? For some time now Apple has been behind the trend regarding this and has not offered users an iPhone with the much larger displays that are popular at the moment. Although the iPhone 5 screen size increased from the 3.5-inches of the iPhone 4S to 4-inches, that’s still pretty small compared to the HTC One with it’s 4.7-inch display and newly-introduced Samsung Galaxy S4 with 5-inches.
However when there has previously been talk of a much larger display for the iPhone many existing iPhone users rise up to say they like the current size and don’t want to carry round a bulky smartphone. The obvious choice then is to bring out two versions of the iPhone 6 with different display sizes. Hardware may vary between the two as well, with the larger phone having the Retina+ HD display as well as other improved specs while the smaller phone may have existing hardware.
Other rumors we’ve heard of recently for possible incorporations to the iPhone 6 are a flexible wrap around display (though we feel that’s more likely to come to later models), indoor location mapping, 3D video calls, eye tracking and Intel-manufactured processors and we imagine that at least some of these will come to fruition on the iPhone 6. If you want to read more about the iPhone 6 check here for our previous articles.
It will certainly be an interesting few months ahead for those who follow iPhone news and we’ll be keeping you up to date as always. Do you think that Apple needs to pull something out of the bag such as a Retina+ full HD display for the iPhone 6? Would you like to see a 5-inch iPhone 6? Let us know with your comments.
Source: Gotta Be Mobile