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iPhone 6 to have higher resolution screen and improved battery life

By Kevin Thomas on 20th May 2014

iPhone 6 Concept by Joseph Farahi

Pictured above: iPhone 6 concept by Joseph Farahi


The latest in an endless stream of rumours suggests that the iPhone 6 will have a 1704 x 960 resolution, which might sound like a slightly odd choice, especially as it would up the pixel density of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 to 416 pixels per inch.


This could seem like a surprising move, given that Apple has been quite vocal about the fact that the human eye can’t make out the individual pixels in its 326ppi iPhone 5S Retina display.


However there are logical reasons behind the decision. For one thing the resolution would need to be increased at least a little to account for the increased screen size and 1704 x 960 allows it to maintain the same 16:9 aspect ratio as on the iPhone 5S.


It’s also a resolution which can be used on the rumoured 5.5 inch iPhone, while maintaining a 356ppi Retina display. An extra benefit of that is that it allows developers to only create one version of an app, rather than having to create a different version for each handset.


This resolution rumour comes from sources speaking to 9to5Mac, who also claimed that the new iPhone will have an A8 processor, which will only be slightly faster than the A7 processor in the iPhone 5S and will instead focus on efficiency in order to improve the handset’s battery life. That’s definitely a good thing, as poor battery life is the last major hurdle facing smartphones.


This is just the latest in a sea of rumours, which point to everything from a new, more rounded design, to the almost-guaranteed inclusion of iOS 8 and a new Healthbook app which should take fitness and health tracking to the next level, especially when paired with Apple’s rumoured iWatch.


We’re also hearing that the iPhone 6 will likely land in September, so there’s only a few months more to wait before we’ll know for sure what we’re getting.

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