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iPhone 6 Will Come in Two Screen Sizes -- Reports

By Kimberly Koerth
January 22, 2014 - News

Apple's iPhone 6 will come in two larger screen sizes and could be released as early as June, a Chinese analyst says, according to CNET.

Rumor has it the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch, 1,136-pixel by 640-pixel display, with a follow-up phone to feature a 5.7-inch, higher-resolution display. Apple could reveal the new phones at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has stayed mum about specifics, such as screen size increases or the introduction of flexible display, for the iPhone 6.

But other sources have discussed a potentially larger-sized iPhone. A few reports in October suggested the screen size would grow almost an inch from the current four inches. Rumors circulated that the new screen size could be as big as six inches, with the most recent report pegging the iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch, 1,920-pixel by 1,080-pixel display.

However, PC Mag cautions readers that the potential new screen resolutions are unlikely.

The iPhone has been successful largely due to developers, PC Mag said. Apple has maintained a small amount of screen sizes and aspect ratios; programmers currently handle 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios and 320 by 480, 1,024 by 768, 1,136 by 640 and 2,048 by 1,536 resolutions. With the 3GS as the last iPhone to use the 3:2 ratio, 320 by 480 resolution, that one is on its way out. And even though both 720p and 1080p are 16:9 resolutions, the graphics designed for 1,136 by 640 displays would look weird on a 720p screen.

Another issue is the decreased pixel density. If the 4.7-inch iPhone was 1,136x 640, the pixel density would drop significantly below Apple's standard for retina display, which is 326 ppi.

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