“2014 is the year when I expect Apple to finally give in and opt for a larger iPhone display,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac. “Assuming I’m right, the question then becomes: what approach will Apple take?”
“There are two ways of increasing the size of a display. First, you can keep the resolution the same and simply use larger pixels,” Lovejoy writes. “That would be by far the simplest approach for Apple to take. Provided it keeps the aspect ratio the same as the iPhone 5/c/s, then it can continue to use an 1136×640 display. All existing apps continue to work as-is, developers don’t have to do any work to support the larger display and everyone is happy . Or are they?”
“Now let’s consider the alternative: increasing the number of pixels in direct proportion to the increase in screen size to retain the same 326ppi pixel density. For the sake of simplicity, let’s assume Apple keeps the aspect ratio the same. That would mean an increase in resolution from 1136×640 to 1420×800,” Lovejoy writes. “Everyone is happy… Except developers. Just as when the resolution changed from the iPhone 4s to the iPhone 5, suddenly they have to support yet another resolution. All that work they had to do then, they now have to do all over again.”
“There was a huge amount of dismay at the switch in resolution when the iPhone 5 was announced – would it really want to put developers through the same pain again with the iPhone 6?” Lovejoy writes. “My suspicion is: yes.”
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