When it comes to smartphones, these days bigger seems to be better.
Worldwide shipments of smartphones with screens measuring 5 inches or more soared 369 percent in the first quarter compared with a year earlier, a growth rate substantially faster than that of the overall market. Worldwide big-screen devices represented 34 percent of smartphone shipments, according to market research firm Canalys.
“The trend is unmistakably toward larger-screen handsets at the high end of the market,” said Canalys analyst Jessica Kwee. She noted that Samsung held a 44 percent share of devices with displays of 5 inches or more.
“Consumers now expect high-end devices to have large displays, and Apple’s absence in this market will clearly not last long,” she said. “Apple plainly needs a larger-screen smartphone to remain competitive, and it will look to address this in the coming months.”
For months, reports have said the next iPhone, or iPhones, will feature significantly larger screens than the one on the iPhone 5s. Now, a new report says they may also feature a significantly higher resolution.
The next version of Apple’s smartphone, the so-called iPhone 6, may feature a screen resolution of 1,704 by 960 pixels – a 50 percent increase over the iPhone 5s’ screen resolution.
The higher-resolution screens are being reported by 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who is known for often reporting on coming Apple products and features before they are officially announced. Gurman cited unnamed sources for his information. Apple is testing the higher resolution to accommodate larger iPhone screen sizes, Gurman reported.
The tech company has been said to be working on versions of the iPhone 6 with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens. Since the iPhone 5 was released in 2012, Apple’s flagship device has featured 4-inch screens with 1,136 by 640 pixel resolution.
Currently, the iPhone 5s delivers a pixel density of 326. According to Gurman, the 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 screens would deliver 416 and 356 pixel densities, respectively.
If Apple does deliver iPhone 6 devices with larger screens and a 1,704 by 960 pixel resolution, they will likely be longer and slightly wider than the iPhone 5s, Gurman said in his report.
A higher resolution would also mean that developers would have to go back and optimize their apps for the new iPhone 6 screens. Apple is also optimizing its apps for the new resolution, Gurman said.