Could Apple Be Looking at Doubling the iPhone's Pixel Count?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Whispers out of China, where the next iPhone 5S/6's screen is currently being produced, seem to indicate that Apple's planning to keep a 4-inch screen on the next iPhone, but double its pixel count in response to the insane PPIs the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 come packing with their colossal 1080p screens.

A pinch-of-salt rumour for now, of course, but it would make sense for Apple to do something like that if it felt threatened by the latest breed of Android beasts. Doubling the pixel count would make it relatively easy for developers to adjust their apps while not kicking older screen resolutions to the curb.

The thing is, I'm not sure Apple is threatened by the 1080p screen bunch, as its Retina Display on the iPhone 5 looks as sharp as any of the other phones at a normal viewing distance. The whispers also say that Apple's going to reduce the bezel around the outside of the screen, taking a leaf from the iPad mini, which is pretty much a no-brainer.

So, what do you all think? Is Apple threatened enough to change the display resolution of the iPhone again? With falling share prices, and cries of Apple losing its cool, perhaps it has to do something? We know iOS 7 is going to be radically different with Jony Ive at the helm, but I get the feeling the hardware isn't going to change much. [Wei Feng Network via Unwired View via TechRadar]