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iPhone 6 screen resolution detailed with A8 chip in new leak

The iPhone 6 screen could feature a 960 x 1704p resolution powered by a new power-efficient Apple A8 processor according to a new leak.

Rumour has it that the iPhone 6 will come with a 4.7-inch display in August, followed by a larger 5.5-inch model in September, but as yet we’ve had no information as to what the resolution will be.

However, that has now changed as 9to5mac has obtained information suggesting the iPhone 6 will pack a screen resolution of 1704 x 960p, upping the current 1136 x 640p resolution 4-inch iPhone 5S screen.

You may be wondering why this resolution is such a strange number, and to answer this we have to go all the way back to the original iPhone, which launched with a 3.5-inch screen with a 320 x 480p resolution.

That screen set up was continued for the next three generations of iPhones until the iPhone 4, which jumped up to a 640 x 960p on the same 3.5-inch screen size, but with a never seen before 326ppi image density.

Apple simply doubled the base resolution of its screens to make it easier for developers to double-scale graphics and app visuals.

For the iPhone 6 then, it looks like Apple has effectively tripled the base 320 x 480p resolution to reach this mystery number. Well, if you triple half the 1136 x 640p resolution of the iPhone 5 (568 x 320p) you get the bizarre 1704 x 960p resolution while preserving the 16:9 aspect ratio.

This triple scaling will still allow App Store developers to easily upscale their graphics and applications for the new iPhone screen size.

If the two rumoured iPhone 6 screen sizes are correct then the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will come with a 416ppi image density and 355ppi for the 5.5-inch version.

Protecting those new larger screens with better resolutions will apparently be sapphire technology like that included in the iPhone 5S Touch ID enabled home button and protecting the rear camera. This will make sure the phone is less prone to scratches.

As for the Apple A8 processor itself, it is said to bring big battery efficiency boosts rather than major speed improvements. This new A8 processor will be key to keeping the new iOS 8 fluidity with the larger screen and higher resolution that will no doubt strain the battery.

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