The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1704 x 960 and a pixel density of 416 per inch, while maintaining the current model’s 16:9 aspect ratio.
Apple is looking to power the iPhone 6 with a new A8 processor that will focus on marginal speed improvements over the iPhone 5s, but the focus of the new chip will be on efficiency to improve the handset’s battery life.
This latest news comes from an extensive report from the often-reliable 9to5Mac website, which cites sources who have been briefed on the specifications of the new device, which is expected to be announced in September.
The site states: “Sources indicate that Apple is testing a 1704 x 960 resolution display for the iPhone 6. Tripling the iPhone 5′s base resolution would mean that the iPhone 6′s screen will retain the same 16:9 aspect ratio as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c.”
A second iPhone 6 with a larger 5.5-inch screen is expected to be announced later in the year, possibly in December. 9to5Mac believes this model will also have a resolution of 1704 x 960, but with a pixel density of 356 per inch. Keeping the same resolution across the two devices means developers can create the same application to run on both phones.
However, developers - and Apple itself - are expected to take advantage of the extra screen space with their apps. Game developers could add control icons to the sides of the screen, for example.
The new iPhones will run iOS 8, a version of Apple’s mobile software that will be previewed at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco on 2 June. iOS 8 will run on the new iPhones and the current range of iPads, where it is tipped to offer true multitasking, whereby two applications can appear on screen next to other, both usable at the same time.
iOS 8 is expected to feature a new application called Healthbook, which is thought to connect with a wearable device - dubbed iWatch - to monitor the user’s walking, running, exercise, heart rate and sleeping pattern. If this vision is realised, it will see Apple go head-to-head with Samsung’s S Health app on its smartphones and Gear smartwatches.
Apple is yet to confirm any news relating to the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, but we will find out more about the latter on 2 June; the next iPhone is expected to break cover in September, with a larger model due before the end of the year.