By Stephen Schenck | January 20, 2014 4:08 PM
One of the major themes that’s attached itself to rumors of Apple’s 2014 smartphone ambitions is that instead of just one iPhone 6, we might see a pair of models, differing mainly in their screen sizes; while last year saw Apple test the dual-model waters, both those handsets featured the same size and resolution displays. We’ve heard some general stabs at what to expect from various sources, and recently have been talking about Apple abandoning a 4-inch model altogether, bringing the smaller iPhone up to 4.7 inches, and then releasing an even larger 5.7-inch phablet. Today, we look at an analyst report that expands on these screen details a little, while also talking about how Apple might launch the pair.
Supposedly, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would keep the same 1136 x 640 resolution of current-gen devices. While that would lend itself to a quick-and-easy launch, with little concern over re-tooling apps, Apple might be putting itself at a disadvantage when it comes to pixel density.
As the theory goes, Apple might introduce both new iPhones this May – though the idea of waiting until the WWDC in early June is a compelling theory. The 4.7-inch version would be available relatively soon after the announcement, but the 5.7-incher – while Apple may announce the phone – wouldn’t go up for sale until later in the year.
With this 5.7-inch iPhone phablet, Apple would reportedly increase the resolution, aiming for Retina quality, though we haven’t heard a precise figure for its resolution. Previous rumors have suggested 1080p (as well as 720p for the 4.7-inch model), but it’s not clear how much faith we should keep putting in to those claims.
Additional details add support to the idea of Apple sticking with 8-megapixel cameras, though at least implementing some optical stabilization, as had been previously rumored.