Apple rumoured to be tripling the resolution of the iPhone 6 to 1704x960

New inside reports on the development of the iPhone 6 have indicated that the resolution of the awaited iPhone 6 will have a screen resolution with a width of nearly 600 more vertical and over 300 more horizontal pixels than the current outgoing 5S.

In talks with 9to5Mac, Apple insiders relayed how the company was testing a very-nearly full HD resolution of 1704x960 for the next-generation iPhone.

Although the base resolution of the screen is likely to remain the 568x320 found on current iPhones, the company is purportedly utilizing pixel-tripling technology to boost that original resolution to what appears to be 1704x960. Pixel-doubling is used on current iPhones to boost the base 568x320 resolution to the 'retina' level of 1136x640 but pixel-tripling is more rarely used due to the intricacy of the techniques involved.

The display found on the iPhone 6 is likely to be a larger model than that currently found on the device and it is possible that two sizes will be offered. Either way, pixel-tripling will lead to impressive results as some quick calculations show that a 4.7" device with a resolution of 1704x960 would end up with a pixel density of 416ppi whereas a larger 5.5" device would have a lower but still very high pixel density of 355ppi. By contrast, the iPhone 5S has a pixel density of 326ppi. Whatever display size is used, the company is likely to stick to the 16x9 aspect ratio currently used.

If the reports given to 9to5Mac prove to be correct, then iOS's interface may have to be overhauled to fit the radically-changed resolution or else all of the onscreen elements such as buttons, menus and icons will appear large and fuzzy due to the up-scaling. Images will have to be revamped in a higher resolution for the current feel of the operating system to be maintained on such a high resolution.

With no details on the iPhone 6 being offered except from rumors, we shall have to wait and see before today's reports can be confirmed. If they do prove to be true, however, then the new iPhone launching this September could well be the largest, highest-resolution iPhone yet.

Source: TechRadar via 9to5Mac | Image via 9to5Mac

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