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Cryptic new iPhone rumor hints 960x640 display [U]

updated 08:30 pm EDT, Mon March 29, 2010

Rumor implies screen a new iPhone focus

(Update: name and ship date rumors) An unusual rumor Monday night suggests that the screen will be the focus. In commenting on the apparent leak of Verizon iPhone plans, John Gruber oddly mentioned a list of specs he claimed were missing from the mention of the GSM phone expected in the summer that centered on the display: it would have a 960x640 screen, or four times the resolution of the current 480x320 model.

The author also alluded to an A4-family processor like that in the iPad, a front-facing camera for video calls and iPhone 4.0 with multitasking. These last two at a minimum may have indirect support from Apple itself, as pre-release iPhone 3.2 firmware has briefly shown references to video chat features and a questionable but noticeable allusion to multitasking.

A supposed taller iPhone design seen recently may support both the new screen and the front camera.

The tone of the commentary is half-joking and should still be regarded with skepticism, although Gruber is known to have reliable sources for iPhone-related news and has accurately called both the iPhone 3GS and new iMacs when no one else had significant data. Higher resolution displays are possible for the next iPhone as many new phones, such as the Droid and Nexus One, have 800x480 or 854x480 screens. Even denser resolutions are expected in devices this year, and a 960x640 screen would let Apple pixel-double as it does on the iPad without leaving blank spaces.

Update: Yet another rumor has contended that the new device would be named the iPhone HD and would ship on June 22nd. The Engadget date is unusual as it might fall a week before WWDC if early scheduling remains accurate.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I doubt it

    I think John was just pointing out the lameness of the WSJ's claim, that they weren't going out on a limb or had any specifics with their rumor, and that other rumors lately had a lot more meat to them

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pure speculation...

    The EVO 4G does have a FFC for VC but it is intended to run on a 4G network. I don't think Apple's new iPhone will see any benefit from having one unless it runs an a very fast 3G network. Hopefully the new iPhone will have a faster processor, a battery-saving display and as usual, more internal memory. Good enough. Apple might as well forget trying to compete with the EVO 4G in hardware features.

  1. facebook_Andrew

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Mar 2010



    "it would have a 960x640 screen, or four times the resolution of the current 480x320 model"

    960x640 is not four times the resolution of 480x320. It's double the resolution. it IS four times the total number of pixels, however. Might want to clarify in your article.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who didn't realize the next iPhone would be branded HD? They can't do 4G, and unless they name it the 3GX the funny letters aren't going to be any more impressive. My guess is that the screen will be upgraded, and it'll get a camera that can capture 720p. A processor like the iPad is almost certain, I imagine they planned the processor in the iPad planning on having no issues with volume since it'd end up in the iPhone and and iPod touch.

    Not to mention HD is such a great marketing thing to throw on anything these days, it's highly likely.

  1. Marzenbac

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ahhhh, I'm sorry to tell you, but if the physical size didn't change, that fact that you have four times the number of pixels to look at DOES mean you have four times the resolution.

  1. Ppietra

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: typo

    Actually facebook_Andrew is correct, image or display Resolution measurement should describe the level of detail in an image (how close can two points be so that you are still able to distinguish them), which in a more objective way means how many pixels per inch, or dots per inch (just like the printers) it has.
    So, since the display has the double the number of pixels in the same lenght, it has double the resolution.

  1. RoosterJuice

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Typo - Actually you are both right

    If you are talking about spacial resolution, or DPI, it is double. If you are talking about Pixel resolution, it is quadruple.

  1. Marzenbac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE:RE: typo

    Sorry, My bad ... I typically look at the whole display, not one line at a time.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pixel count......

    I say this is related to pixel count for widescreen movies, not so much actual screen dimension.

    - A

  1. MorituriMax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verily, methinks tis moot!

    Odin's Beard! Just say it has four times the real estate of the previous model and be done with it!

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