As the anticipation for the iPhone 6 unveiling continues to build, the market continues to be flooded with more and more leaks about the handset. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has scheduled an event for Sept. 9, probably to unveil the iPhone 6 and perhaps another gadget or two, so finally the rumors will be put to rest. Phew. Just a few days left.
Evidence of a super sharp iPhone 6 screen
The biggest expectation for the iPhone 6 is for a larger display. Most expect a 4.7-inch model and 5.5-inch model to be unveiled. There have been several speculations regarding the resolution of the new display, and now one developer says he has uncovered evidence that might prove just how sharp the iPhone 6’s screen will be.
9to5 Mac spotted a tweet by developer James Thompson. He said he noticed that iOS 8 will automatically load images at a triple retina resolution. iOS 7 loads them at a double retina resolution, so it would make sense that the iPhone 6 would have hardware capable of showcasing such high resolution images in all their glory. 9to5 Mac added that it was able to independently confirm that Thompson’s finding is correct.
How good will the iPhone 6’s resolution be?
Unfortunately just knowing this tidbit of information does not provide an exact set of numbers for what the resolution will be. It only shows that the iPhone 6—or at least some iOS device that’s coming soon—will have a lot more pixels than the iPhone 5S did.
Previously, it had been reported that Apple was testing logical screen resolutions of 568 x320 and 414 x 736. Using the triple retina resolution, that would provide a resolution of either 1704 x 960 or 1241 x 2208. The iPhone 5S has a resolution of 1136 x 640.
Other iPhone 6 rumors
Last week we also heard that the iPhone 6 may have near field communication and possibly a mobile payments platform to go with it. If Apple does finally add NFC to the iPhone, it really is coming to the party very late. Of course consumers haven’t seemed too worried about it, as the iPhone has remained wildly popular.
When the iPhone 5S came out, many people were disappointed with the quality of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, not only with how well it didn’t work but also with the fact that it only unlocked the phone. It’s expected that the iPhone 6 will have a better Touch ID scanner that will also be opened up to other Apple apps like iTunes.
And finally, the iPhone 6 will probably have some health features and some connectivity to smart devices. Apple unveiled its HealthKit API and Health app, along with its HomeKit API at WWDC in June. It would make sense that the next iPhone would utilize these two functionalities.