Larger iPhone, iPad “Pro” and Apple’s Rumored iWatch Could Utilize New Display Sizes
Research firm DisplaySearch has once again tapped its sources in the display supply chain to assess the panel sizes and resolutions that are currently under development. Using this information, the firm speculated on the display technology that may land in Apple’s iPhone 6, new iPad and the rumored iWatch. According to the firm’s latest report, the iPhone 6 and iPad may receive size and resolution boosts in line with circulating rumors, while the iWatch could sport a flexible AMOLED display.
DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh predicts the iPhone 6 could ship with a 5.5-inch display that has a 1920x1080 resolution, yielding a density of 401 pixels per inch (ppi). The display would be a LTPS (low-temperature polysilicon) TFT LCD, which is the same technology used in a number of previous iPhone models. Another possibility is a smaller 4.7-inch LTPS screen with 1600x900 resolution and 386 ppi. Either configuration would bump the iPhone 6 up from the 4-inch, 1136x640 display found in the iPhone 5S, and a previous report has suggested that Apple could release both sizes.
When it comes to the iPad side of the equation, Apple may increase the size of the tablet and introduce a 12.0-inch “iPad Pro” model. This echoes several previous reports in recent months claiming that an oversized iPad with a 12.9-inch Retina display is entering production and may launch as early as 2014. There have however been no part leaks supporting the existence of such a device so far. According to DisplaySearch, the 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” model could include a display with a resolution of 2732x2048 and 265 ppi, edging out the 12.2-inch panel Samsung introduced its new Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets. The Samsung models ship with a 12.2-inch display that has a 2560x1600 resolution and 247 ppi.
The research firm also reiterates an earlier claim that the iWatch may ship in two different sizes. The firm’s forecast predicts the Cupertino California company may adopt a 1.3-inch display for women and a larger 1.6-inch display for men. Both sizes would sport a 320x320 resolution and would use flexible AMOLED technology. Rumors suggest that Apple may debut its iWatch product sometime in 2014.