Signboard of Japan Display Inc at its factory in Mobara

Apple is currently putting the finishing touches on its next-generation iPhone. And if the flurry of rumors and so-called insider reports are to be believed, the handset is going to feature an Ultra Retina display that will come in two sizes: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, among other improvements.

With that in mind, you can understand why this new 5.5-inch panel from Japan Display—a long time Apple supplier—is so interesting to us. Unveiled this week, the panel measures 5.5-inches and is of the Quad HD (aka WQHD) variety, with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 and a ppi of 538…

Here’s CNET with the report:

“Japan Display could be providing a hint of iPhone attractions to come. The company announced on Thursday that it has developed a 5.5-inch-wide Quad HD, aka, WQHD, display with a resolution of 1,440x 2,560 vertical pixels as a display format for “leading-edge smartphones.”

The Japanese company — a major supplier of iPhone displays — said it will begin shipping the 5.5-inch LCD in April.”

And here’s a photo of the display:

japan display

Perhaps not coincidentally, Japanese news outlet Nikkei reported this week that Apple is going to be launching a new iPhone this year with both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. It named Japan Display as a supplier, and said panel resolution would be “significantly higher” than current models.

We still know very little about the new iPhone, as details outside of the display have been fairly scarce and inconsistent. It’s believed to be slimmer than the current-gen model, with a refreshed design and A8 processor, and other reports have called for an 8MP rear camera2GB of RAM and more.

Some reports have suggested that Apple could launch the handset as early as this summer, but all signs still point to a standard fall release.

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  • Dao Sasone

    I surely hope all this is true. Bout time apple step up its game.

  • Leonard Wong

    I doubt Apple will use QHD resolution display. They always come up with its own resolution display

  • Chetan

    Well it wont happen as firstly apple wont go for a display ppi which human eyes cannot differentiate secondly this high resolution will surely need quadcore CPU later(if not now) and lastly doing both of these upgrades will not let our battery last long(which already don’t).
    And frankly speaking even if apple does so, no one will gain anything from it except showing off specs in front of friends or android people.

    • 441ppi is significantly sharper than 326. I’d like to see this next to my iPhone or Nots 3 which is around 375ppi and is also noticiblably sharper. BTW, bigger phone = bigger battery. And the bigger battery will easily power the extra screen and leave more for longer use if they can pull it off like on my Note. Which I’m confident will happen with the iPhone. Soon the days of crappy iPhone batteries will be a distant memory!

  • Batman

    Higher resolution yes of course please!
    The 1080p Full HD display on my 4.7 inch HTC One it’s just so gorgeous. Seriously, it’s so much better than current iPhone 326 PPI display.
    But! First more battery please!!! Time to change everything all over again, Apple!

  • Xee

    So Apple are sticking to LCD still. Why don’t they use LED which uses less energy? Which means the battery will last even longer.
    Is this something to to with the picture quality still?

    • mondo

      its maybe a typo in the original report…

  • Razick Rilshad

    5.5″ iphone wow

  • Christopher

    People can say what they want but until Tim Cook stands up at the potieum an unveils it, its all hear say…

  • ChristianPasquariello

    Nice!