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iPhone 5S Retina+ Would Pave Way for Larger iPhone 6 Display



The iPhone 5S could see an upgrade to a higher resolution Retina+ or Retina HD+ display while keeping the same 4-inch screen size, and paving the way for a larger screen iPhone 6 according to a new rumor.

If the iPhone 5S gains a higher resolution display, it is arguably the most exciting iPhone 5S feature rumor yet, as it would have a direct impact on the main thing users look at.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook downplayed high-resolution smartphone displays and bigger smartphone displays in the last two Apple earning’s calls, but did not rule out the features.

A new iPhone 5S rumor from the Wei Feng Network, by way of Unwired View, claims Apple is planning to double the pixel count on the iPhone 5S. The rumor also suggests the display will take up more of the front, with narrower bezels similar to the iPad mini.

An iPhone 5S rumor claims Apple will pack in a higher resolution display, a move that would set Apple up for an iPhone 6 with a larger display in 2014.

An iPhone 5S rumor claims Apple will pack in a higher resolution display, a move that would set Apple up for an iPhone 6 with a larger display in 2014.

The iPhone 5 display is 1136 x 640 with a pixel count of about 730,000. According to the rumor, the iPhone 5S will feature nearly 1.5 million pixels. The rumor doesn’t share the exact resolution, but if Apple picks a standard 16:9 aspect ratio resolution we could be looking at an iPhone 5S display with a 1600 x 900 resolution. This would deliver a 1.44 million pixel count.

This isn’t the first rumor of an iPhone 5S with a higher resolution Retina Display. In December 2012 Jefferies Analyst Peter Misek claimed Apple may deliver an iPhone 5S with a Retina+ resolution. Misek did not address the resolution or further details, though he did not that the Retina+ display was in an iPhone 6 prototype.

Read: Will Apple Release a Retina+ HD iPhone 6?

This move would mark a change in the iPhone Retina Display. Apple changed the size of the display with the iPhone 5, but did not boost the resolution in a notable manner.

By doubling the iPhone 5S resolution and sticking with the same size display, Apple could shift developers into support for a larger higher resolution display over the course of a year, and not a sudden push to an HD resolution and a bigger display which would require developers to rework apps.

During this time, apps developed for the 4-inch iPhone 5 display would continue to look good and work on an iPhone 5S display with a higher resolution and developers would have roughly a year to deliver higher resolution versions of their apps to the App store.

When the iPhone 6 arrives, Apple could then boost the display up to 4.8-inches or 5-inches and boast a plethora of apps that are ready to support the bigger display.

Apple could boost the iPhone 5S resolution this year and then bring a larger screen iPhone 6 in 2014.

Apple could boost the iPhone 5S resolution this year and then bring a larger screen iPhone 6 in 2014.

A 4-inch iPhone 5S would boast 458 pixels-per-inch (ppi), higher than the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One and much higher than the iPhone 5. A iPhone 6 with a 4.8-inch display would still deliver a 382 ppi rating, which would be a boost over the iPhone 5’s 325 ppi rating.

Read: iPhone 6 Release Date, Rumors and Feature Roundup

Apple remains cautious of hardware changes that could affect developers, and two of the biggest changes are screen resolution and screen size. By staggering resolution and size over the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, Apple could ease developers into it. This could also allow Apple to offer a 4-inch and a 4.8-inch version of the iPhone 6. Some rumors claim Apple will retain a 4-inch model when a new iPhone arrives, much like the company sells an iPad and an iPad mini and the MacBook Pro Retina in multiple sizes.

The iPhone 5S release is rumored for September, while the iPhone 6 is rumored for 2014 according to multiple analysts. If Apple announces an iPhone 5S with a higher resolution it could point to truth behind the iPhone 6 rumors.



  1. Truth Stalker

    05/28/2013 at 1:45 pm

    I can already smell the bodily excretions of the iSheep over the possibility of this being true.

  2. D-Man

    05/28/2013 at 1:50 pm

    Yes, iSheep. crApple is gonna give you another half-inch in 2014. Better grease up for it. ;-D

  3. Woo, hoo!

    05/28/2013 at 1:53 pm

    @D-Man- The article says possibly .8 more inches. :)

  4. satan

    05/28/2013 at 4:06 pm

    SO SAYS ALL OF you Android-sheep who are worse than Apple sheep! who cares about screen size anyway…Yes i really want a phone the size of a roof tile stuck to the side of my face when I make a phone call lmfao!! Personally ,with me being the only tech expert here(and amongst any android fan or even apple fan) you should be tech neutral ie go where the tech takes you not swear loyalty to one brand or another because if you do then your an intergalactic f**king idiot!
    so why don’t you grow up and grow a brain
    then you still won’t be able to compete with me!
    later losers!

  5. Tim

    05/28/2013 at 5:08 pm

    I have always been an apple fan. So has my entire family. But, we have all made the decision if we do not get at least a 4.8 screen or larger, we are sadly moving on to an android. I truly hate it, But, size does matter. I am in my early 40’s. and already can’t see the screen. Get on board with a larger screen Apple!

  6. Tony

    05/28/2013 at 5:38 pm

    Personally, I just wish they would skip the 5S and go straight to the iPhone 6, with a larger screen,,,at least 4.7″. A little more customization would be nice too…..

  7. drew

    05/28/2013 at 8:00 pm

    I belive the HTC one has a ppi of 468. So the HTC One would still have a higher pixel count

  8. Larry

    05/28/2013 at 8:55 pm

    Baaahhhhh baahhhhh a bigger iPhone 5S or 6 yep count the sheep better luck on that??

    • Tony

      05/29/2013 at 4:34 am

      Nothing of value to contribute to the conversation huh Larry…I can’t speak for the rest but I will speak for myself, I’m not sheep, I have an android phone. However, if Apple expects to compete, one of the biggest complaints besides the boring iOS has been the screen size. Until then, android phones, such as the Samsung, will continue to eat their lunch.

      • Larry

        05/29/2013 at 8:01 am

        So do I I have a HTC ONE and ditched my iPhone 5 my HTC out performed the ip 5 I’m just meaning it would be nice to see apple step up to the plate with BALLS and be like android with a more reliable device and less restrictictions but I will never buy a apple product again that was my first n last sorry if I affend u tony lol

  9. Rams

    05/28/2013 at 11:28 pm

    Why do you need a bigger screen? I thought the iPhone 4(s) screen was perfect. All these new phones with big screens remind me of a tablet, not a phone.

  10. Lofty

    05/29/2013 at 4:21 am

    Apple DOES need to bring out a 4.5 inch phone very very soon.
    In my humble opinion.

    • Larry

      05/29/2013 at 8:27 pm

      Might as well get an iPad??

      • RECKS

        06/11/2013 at 12:51 pm

        yeah since ipads are a substitute for 4.5 inches

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