More iPhone 8 leaks show Apple is finally catching up to Android resolutions

Earlier today, enterprising developers discovered clues about the iPhone 8’s design
in firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker. Turns out that firmware is still churning out important nuggets of information.

Now Steve Troughton-Smith
, who helped in the earlier leak, also found some code suggesting theiPhone 8 would have a resolution of 2436 x 1125.

There are little tidbits in the OS suggesting upcoming iPhone will have a 3x screen at 1125×2436. Hard to gauge what that will mean for devs pic.twitter.com/SK8QjOAfDt

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) July 31, 2017

That said, there are still a few open-ended questions. Previous rumors
suggested 2436 x 1125 would be a ‘functional’ resolution, while another portion would be reserved for a function area at the bottom of the screen. It’s not clear if that’s still the case:

makes zero sense. The new res already includes the space for the bottom bar pic.twitter.com/POBDhXLtXB

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) July 31, 2017

What’s more, there’s also a reference to a 6.5-inch iPhone, which has so far gone mostly untouched by the rumor mill:

https://t.co/4AdfJi7RpO

There’s also a reference to a 6.5 inch display!

— benjamin (@dvfying) July 31, 2017

@stroughtonsmith
looks like the resolution rumors were true!

“3xRetina6.5Inch”

“1125x2436x3x326” pic.twitter.com/uSixCzqUxs

— benjamin (@dvfying) July 31, 2017

Let me be clear: at this screen size, most people don’t need that kind of resolution. Heck, Samsungeven defaults its displays to circa 1080p resolution in its software to save battery life. But if you have a keen eye and spend a lot of time watching QHD+ videos on your mobile device the difference is
noticeable. I’m one of those people; forget what Appletells you about Retina displays and viewing distances.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the OLED screen tech Apple is likely to use often comes with weird pixel arrays
that make text and high-contrast edges look a little fuzzy. Because of this, text on a 1080p OLED display often looks fuzzier – sometimes with faint purple and green edges – than it would on an equivalent LCD screen.

The higher resolution would also be much appreciated if Apple ever decided to release an iPhone-powered VR headset, a la Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR. I have a hard time imagining Apple designer Jony Ive would ever let such an inelegant solution fly, but given the company’s recent VR push for desktops and its newfound focus on AR, it’s not entirely impossible.

My guess that since the iPhone 8 will be Apple’s biggest mobile display yet, the company simply doesn’t want it’s screen to look fuzzier than the the 7 Plus. We’ll find out soon enough.


Via The Verge


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