A new report by 9to5Mac claims that Apple is testing a 1704×960 resolution display for its next-generation iPhone. The new resolution for the iPhone 6 would allow the device to maintain the same aspect ratio as the iPhone 5s (16:9). In terms of screen size, both 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays have been reported, but the 4.7-inch model is more likely for the iPhone 6 that we’ll see this fall.
The increased screen size is not likely to change the positioning of basic interface elements in iOS, according to the report, but will instead make everything larger and sharper. However, independent developers may be able to take advantage of the additional screen real estate, like adding additional interface elements or displaying more content in apps.
Of course a change in resolution means another transition for developers, but 9to5Mac notes that this one should be similar to the transition from 1x to 2x mode when the original Retina Display was introduced.
It’s also worth pointing out that an improved iPhone display opens the door to better iPad screens, as Apple historically tends to update its tablets after its smartphones.
When Apple introduced the iPhone 5, it simply added more vertical space to the screen. A whole new resolution creates new possibilities for interface development and design, even if Apple focuses on making it easy for devs to update existing software with minimal effort.
The report notes that Apple tests multiple resolutions before committing to one for shipping, so nothing is set in stone,