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  • 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.

    Source: DisplaySearch (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Larger iPhone, iPad “Pro” and Apple’s Rumored iWatch Could Utilize New Display Sizes started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      I don't think Apple will change the screen size again otherwise all the app developers would have to update every app just to optimize it for the iPhone/iPad. Just doesn't make sense.
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      I hope apple use the same display specs as the retina iPads :-)
    1. stulaw11's Avatar
      stulaw11 -
      It's not the physical size that matters but the pixels. Simply doubling the pixels in a 4.7-5.5 inch screen would not be difficult. It would be the same process when the screen went from old iphone (480 by 320) to retina (1136 by 640)- just roughly double the resolution on everything.

      It would have to be around 2272 by 1280 as the current retina is 1136 by 640.

      I see it happening this year, even if it breaks the "doubling resolution" tradition. The screen needs to go up slightly in resolution to at least 720/1080 and size (4.7 inches+)to stay competitive with Android.
    1. susii's Avatar
      susii -
      It's not the physical size that matters but the pixels. I agree.
    1. BUcLAo69's Avatar
      BUcLAo69 -
      I'm hoping for at least a 4.7 inch display no larger because my hand is just too small for those big smartphone like the Note III. That is just too huge!!!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      There was a time when the iPhone had the largest touch screen on a smart phone. Apple kept the same screen size for the first five iPhone releases. All others played catch up and have tried other gimmicks to compete. If you want a huge screen get a tablet. A cell phone is supposed to be rather small and personal. Its not supposed to evolve into what we already have...tablets. Of course to each his/her own. I just find it funny that most that want the bigger iPhone screen already have that with the tablet sitting next to them :]
    1. emilliondollars's Avatar
      emilliondollars -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      I don't think Apple will change the screen size again otherwise all the app developers would have to update every app just to optimize it for the iPhone/iPad. Just doesn't make sense.
      Soooo just because you don't want developers to update the apps to a new size, you are not willing to change the size of the phone? I would like a 4.7" iPhone. Competition is all about upgrades, updates and advances. If you stay the same forever you will not get ahead, you're just stuck. If they want to compete with android, they need a bigger phone. Besides, Apple is always about saving the PPI and all that stuff so knowing them, they will make it easier for devs.

      My take on this, make a same 4" iPhone for the non-sizechangers and a 4.7" for the ones that want a bigger one. Keep the iPhone 6c like the 5s and the 6 a bigger size.
    1. gehjl's Avatar
      gehjl -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      There was a time when the iPhone had the largest touch screen on a smart phone. Apple kept the same screen size for the first five iPhone releases. All others played catch up and have tried other gimmicks to compete. If you want a huge screen get a tablet. A cell phone is supposed to be rather small and personal. Its not supposed to evolve into what we already have...tablets. Of course to each his/her own. I just find it funny that most that want the bigger iPhone screen already have that with the tablet sitting next to them :]
      I hear the same idiotic comment everytime this comes out. Here, you can see just how big my "tablet" 4.7inch screen phone is when compared to the iPhone 5. Stop wearing your sister's pants and you won't have a problem.

    1. emilliondollars's Avatar
      emilliondollars -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      There was a time when the iPhone had the largest touch screen on a smart phone. Apple kept the same screen size for the first five iPhone releases. All others played catch up and have tried other gimmicks to compete. If you want a huge screen get a tablet. A cell phone is supposed to be rather small and personal. Its not supposed to evolve into what we already have...tablets. Of course to each his/her own. I just find it funny that most that want the bigger iPhone screen already have that with the tablet sitting next to them :]
      Well, my iPad Air is 9.7". A phone with a 4.7" screen is less than half of the iPad Air(9.7 / 2 = 4.85). The iPad Air is a tablet, btw, a 4.7" phone is an iPhone 5 with a bit bigger screen.
    1. Werty12's Avatar
      Werty12 -
      Keep the screen the same size,
      Increase the pixels that's it. I see people with the note and they look like their talking into a laptop. Why not just make the iPad a phone and we can wear around our necks like flava flav did with the big clock.
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gehjl View Post
      I hear the same idiotic comment everytime this comes out. Here, you can see just how big my "tablet" 4.7inch screen phone is when compared to the iPhone 5. Stop wearing your sister's pants and you won't have a problem.

      Finally someone said it! Everytime there is talk about Apple possibly making an iphone with a bigger screen people start saying they dont want a tablet sized phone. Really? So if they came out with a 4.7 screen...thats a tablet to you?
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      as long as they make a bigger screen an addition to the line, and not the only option, I don't care.

      I like the current size and don't need more. also, my wife (and most chicks and small dudes) might have difficulty with one hand operation if it gets much bigger.
    1. staRang's Avatar
      staRang -
      I love reading these threads, for the mere fact that there are always people crying about the probable increased size of the screen. QQ.

      Keep crying. I'm sure Apple reads these forums, and will take your feelings/views into consideration. Or, you can just realize that this IS going to happen. And when it does, you can also realize that you don't need to buy it.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by emilliondollars View Post
      Soooo just because you don't want developers to update the apps to a new size, you are not willing to change the size of the phone? I would like a 4.7" iPhone. Competition is all about upgrades, updates and advances. If you stay the same forever you will not get ahead, you're just stuck. If they want to compete with android, they need a bigger phone. Besides, Apple is always about saving the PPI and all that stuff so knowing them, they will make it easier for devs.

      My take on this, make a same 4" iPhone for the non-sizechangers and a 4.7" for the ones that want a bigger one. Keep the iPhone 6c like the 5s and the 6 a bigger size.
      Whoa dude chill, I really don't care if they increase the screen size or not. I was just saying that it wouldn't make sense for Apple to make that change.
    1. Pizentu's Avatar
      Pizentu -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      as long as they make a bigger screen an addition to the line, and not the only option, I don't care.

      I like the current size and don't need more. also, my wife (and most chicks and small dudes) might have difficulty with one hand operation if it gets much bigger.
      Hmm, you like the current screen size. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! Good for you. Then dont buy an iPhone that comes out with a bigger screen. It may come as a shock to you but you DONT have to buy every single version of phone Apple releases. Your current phone will still work after 1 year. My ancient iPhone 4 still works perfect and I cant find a scratch on it. Of course it doesnt get used too much lately because I left apple for Android a couple years ago because they wouldnt release a bigger screen.

      Apple is going to get your money no matter what. If they released a 25 in iPhone this year, you would be in line to get one. They know this. But if they want my money again, they will need to come with a bigger screen. What do you think Apple is more focused on? Guaranteed money or potential new money?

      A bigger iPhone is coming. It may not be this year but it will be soon. Though I am willing to bet it will be sooner rather than latter. This could be the year. If it is, I will have very little reason to NOT come back.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pizentu View Post
      Hmm, you like the current screen size. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! Good for you. Then dont buy an iPhone that comes out with a bigger screen. It may come as a shock to you but you DONT have to buy every single version of phone Apple releases. Your current phone will still work after 1 year. My ancient iPhone 4 still works perfect and I cant find a scratch on it. Of course it doesnt get used too much lately because I left apple for Android a couple years ago because they wouldnt release a bigger screen.

      Apple is going to get your money no matter what. If they released a 25 in iPhone this year, you would be in line to get one. They know this. But if they want my money again, they will need to come with a bigger screen. What do you think Apple is more focused on? Guaranteed money or potential new money?

      A bigger iPhone is coming. It may not be this year but it will be soon. Though I am willing to bet it will be sooner rather than latter. This could be the year. If it is, I will have very little reason to NOT come back.
      You're a colossal *****, aren't you. <--- not a question
    1. Pizentu's Avatar
      Pizentu -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      You're a colossal *****, aren't you. <--- not a question
      Really? Because I would like to see a bigger iPhone screen? That makes me a "colossal bunch of stars"? You have shamed me. LMFAO!!

      The nerve one must have to want to come back to a great phone when it grows up from its feminine/child size.
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      no, because your post was brimming with *****. go read my post. then go read yours.
    1. Pizentu's Avatar
      Pizentu -
      I dont see any stars in my posts thank you very little.

      Though I am tired of people thinking just because they like the current or older size than apple should not make bigger iphones. As I said. You dont have to buy every phone they put out. You dont need to get the newest phone every year.

      I think Apple should most definitely release a larger model. And just because they release a bigger model DOESNT mean they cant release a normal (tiny screen) model as well.
    1. tombik's Avatar
      tombik -
      I already have put aside 800€ for the iPhone 6 - but with atleast 4,7" or bigger screen.

      They have to do it this year - they have to.
      My passion gets lost and I'm not the only one I would bet.

      And I would also bet that many users will come back from Android.

      So Apple: just do it and give us the BOMB!!