Apple iPhone 6 Rumors: Bigger Display(s)
If there’s one rumor that’s a virtual lock to be true, it’s that the iPhone 6 will feature a bigger display. Consumers have been demanding Apple upsize the iPhone — count me among the group that held off on buying an iPhone 5s because of this — while competitors have relentlessly driven the average smartphone display size up.
Sony (SNE) made a splash at CES for its Xperia Z1 Compact phone, with a 4.3-inch display. When competitors are releasing smartphones with displays bigger than anything you offer and marketing them as compact models, it’s time to take action.
The rumor part of this equation comes down to how many iPhones Apple will release, the size of the display (s) and the resolution. Consensus among Apple iPhone 6 rumors seems to be on two iPhones, one with a 4.7-inch display and the second a 5.5-inch phablet to compete with the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. This concept from Ciccarese Design shows the current iPhone 5s beside renderings of larger iPhones.
Resolution gets trickier — Apple has always been reluctant to introduce new display resolutions (that complicate developing apps), and has stuck with Retina and non-Retina for iPhones, but current Retina (1136 x 640) at bigger sizes will look pixelated. Bets are on going with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.
To support the expected larger displays without killing battery life, Apple could switch to IGZO display technology –it’s not as bright as the current iPhone 5s LTPS display but supports higher resolutions and uses less power.