Apple iPhone 6 will boast 1,704 x 960 resolution Retina display

Apple will equip the iPhone 6 with a 1,704 x 960 resolution retina display that ups the ante on many of its larger screened Android rivals.

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People briefed on the iPhone 6 specifications told 9to5Mac that Apple is preparing a major resolution change that will require software changes by both developers and Apple.

To achieve the upscaled resolutions Apple will scale the iPhone 6 display with a pixel-tripling mode. It means that Apple will triple the “base resolution” of 568 x 320 in both directions so that the resolution will be scaled with a 150 per cent increase from the current 2X resolution of 1,136 x 640.

Sources added that this would mean a 1,704 x 960 resolution display that has the same 16:9 aspect ratio of the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S, and backs up the leaked schematics from Foxconn that showed the same 16:9 ratio.

More importantly the rumoured screen sizes of 4.7in and 5.5in get a pixel density that can be defined as Retina. The 4.7in screen will have a 416ppi resolution with the 5.5in equating to 356ppi and both are well past the Retina threshold of 300ppi first identified by Steve Jobs.

As far as developers are concerned the same sources said core parts of the user interface like the Home screen, Notification Centre and Setting panel will remain the same and simply be sized up. Developers and Apple, however, will likely be able to optimise certain applications to better use the larger screen and a refreshed Home screen isn’t out of the question.

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