01.Both taller and wider: report
Apple’s next iPhone will not only be bigger, but also look sharper with a screen resolution boost of 50 per cent according to a new report, with a 4.7-inch model coming out as early as August, followed by a 5.5-inch model in September.
Source: Mockup images (above) created by 9to5Mac's Michael Steeber, showing the increased screen size.
The latest report comes from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, noted for his highly accurate reports of upcoming Apple technology. A bigger screen is one of the most anticipated features of the new iPhone, which hasn’t kept up with the larger screen sizes offered by competitors. Because Apple doesn’t typically announce anything about its products before their launch dates, finding leaked details about Apple’s flagship smartphone ahead of time is the subject of intense competition and rumours abound.
The increase in the pixel resolution of an iPhone 6 screen to 1704 by 960 pixels would allow the phone to retain its Retina Display tag across both models despite the increases in size. To claim Apple's Retina Display credential, a screen needs to have a resolution of more than 300 pixels per inch, which makes the individual dots indistinguishable to the naked eye at normal viewing distance.
Screen sizes for Apple's flagship product have grown slowly over previous models. The iPhone 5 increased the screen size to 4-inches, up from 3.5 inches on previous models number. The number of pixels increased vertically to 1136, to allow for its taller 4-inch screen, while the width remained the same at by 640 pixels.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled at WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, from June 2-6 in San Francisco. It is also expected to come with significant software changes including an operating system upgrade, to iOS8, along with a fitness and health app called Healthbook that ties into information from wearable devices, a stand-alone iTunes Radio app and improvements to mapping information via the Maps app.
Speculation about the upcoming iPhone 6 has been intense, with earlier images showing a thinner, lighter iPhone with a full-screen display, originating from French site NoWhereElse
Those images, based on sketches published in the May issue of Japanese magazine MacFan, give a sneak peek of the iPhone 6, also rumoured to be known as the iPhone Air. The iPhone gets a makeover each year, with a major revamp every second year. The iPhone 5s and 5c models were introduced last September.
Other rumours about improved iPhone 6 hardware include a curved display, sapphire crystal screen, liquid-metal body and faster, energy-efficient new A8 processor.