Jimmy Lin holds iPhone 6 (image 001)

According to an Asian source citing “Apple employees” in Hong Kong, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 will pack in a much improved Retina display boasting Quad HD screen resolution of 2,560-by-1,440 pixels.

This would mark a significant upgrade from both the current four-inch 1,136-by-640 Retina display on the iPhone 5/5s/5c and the rumored 1,704-by-960 pixel resolution screen claimed earlier this month by a reliable blogger

First up, a report relayed by GforGames mentions a recent photograph featuring Taiwanese media star and race car driver Jimmy Lin holding what appears to be an iPhone 6 unit. The photo is authentic, the story claims, adding that Lin is holding the real iPhone 6 unit rather than a physical mockup.

Apparently, Apple employees in Hong Kong and elsewhere have received iPhone 6 Beta units for testing purposes. Why haven’t these unites leaked before?

Because each sample device can be easily identified by “a set of unique particularities,” according to the source. Note that Lin shared similar photos in the past, picturing himself holding an iPad mini shell, an iPhone 5c dummy unit and more.

iPhone 6 vs 5s (back part)

The same source who confirmed the authenticity of Lin’s latest photo has added that the iPhone 6 will feature a Quad HD display, giving it a 2K resolution of 2,560-by-1,440 pixels like the 5.5-inch LG G3.

The report does not specify which iPhone 6 model (4.7 or 5.5-inch) will supposedly incorporate a Quad HD screen.

For reference, well-known tipster Sonny Dickson in March said that the iPhone 6 has an Ultra Retina screen at 389ppi versus the current pixel density of 326ppi.

Also, reliable blogger Mark Gurman recently claimed that Apple will use pixel-trippling technique to give the next iPhone a 1,704-by-960 pixel canvas.

Would giving the next iPhone a Quad HD screen make sense, do you think?

  • Blaine Sieck

    It would be a big jump for Apple, but hey…I would NOT complain if it happened #justsayin

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I’d complain. All those extra pixels and the same old battery tech? It might be a bigger battery but by bumping up the screen the drain would probably be the same…

  • Domodo

    Better 2K Retina than that quasi-HD 1704 by 960 resolution…

    • Kurt

      Time for the iPhone to get sharper screens. Blurry compared to 441ppi phones. This would be so welcome!

      • Court Kizer

        You mean my Samsung that has blurry antialiased graphics that don’t even make use of the sharpness of the 441ppi?

      • Kurt

        Absolutely I am not referring to Samsung’s screen. I’m not sure about the anti aliased graphics. Never learned what that was, just saw it in games. For my Note 3, I can clearly see the pixels when the image is flat because of their pixels arrangement (so I heard). It does look sharper than my iphone when the image is not a flat color though But flat color is everywhere so it’s very annoying.

        I compared a pantech phone with 441ppi (LCD) and my iphone and it was a very big difference. Made my iphone look blurry!

  • Leonard Wong

    I doubt Apple will use the regular resolution.

    • SkyFall

      How so? I think the 2k display is plausible. In addition if you remember two years ago people were doubting that Apple will release a “Mini” version of the iPad but two years later its way more popular than the regular iPad. Apple finally is starting to understand what its users want, and gives it to them (iOS 8, bigger phone, better display, (better battery?)) the only problem is, its 8 years late,

      • Leonard Wong

        Apple has its way in setting the resolution
        They don’t follow the markets too much but rather aim at making the best for consumer.

      • Guest

        No

      • jack

        yes

      • Damian

        8 years too late? Lol

      • SkyFall

        Yeah imagine if Apple actually used most of the features they have on OS X in iOS 1, (like finder, terminal, extensions,multiple users) then iOS would be ahead of Android and it would truly be a post PC era software. Instead we have to wait for Apple to release much needed features (like true multitasking, multiple users, finder, terminal etc…) which sometimes take more than 1 year (background multitasking for all apps).

      • Clement Yeo

        by putting in Mac feature into iOS ? that’s not post PC software~ I think u meant “standardize” some of the feature in similar function

      • Kurt

        But Apple said, “iOS is the most advanced mobile operating system in the world” are you saying they lied? :-0

  • Zoheb Khan

    for 4.7 it should be 2k and 5.5 it should be 4k 🙂

    • regkilla

      2k is enough for now.

  • Tony

    If that’s the case they really had better figured out the battery issues with their devices.

    • Kurt

      With how thin it will be I’m definitely nervous. But I have hope,

      • SkyFall

        If its 6mm thick (as many leaks say) it will have many issues, such as bending issues, battery drain, heat problems.

      • Kurt

        You are right! Chips and dents too. That’s why I hate metal for a phone. Plastic is better (as long as it’s not glossy, faux leather like mine is awesome) and even better is glass like on the iPhone 4 and some sony devices.

      • BreakingAwesome

        But what if it is liquid metal. And I’m pretty sure they made this more stronger than the iPod. And battery drain can be fixed if by iOS 8. There is code in iOS 8 that has battery management and to save battery. Its complicated to explain but ye… Tbh i think we will actually get around a whole day of battery. if apple can make a 4 inch phone that last at least almost the whole day and its probably the fastest phone out atm, imagine what they can do with a bigger phone.

    • David Villamizar

      I’d rather have more battery life than 2’959,360 pixels I can’t notice consuming 4 times the usual battery life.

      • regkilla

        You must have good eye-sight to notice the extra pixels.

      • David Villamizar

        You need a magnifying glass to notice them.

      • eXoguti093

        Barely…

  • Benjamin Lopez

    Better resolution, bigger screen?
    Hope iPhone 6 gets a better battery too to hold this new features…

  • Umut Topuz

    that won’t be good. too much pixels will decrease graphics performance also causes much more battery drainage…

    • regkilla

      Apple knows to optimize their graphics on their devices.

      • Umut Topuz

        yeah. you mean like the ipad 3 or iphone 4? you’ll need to learn before you talk

      • regkilla

        Why are you bringing up an outdated iPhone?

      • eXoguti093

        Wow you’re bring in products from about 3 years ago, they don’t count anymore, they’re almost if not obsolete. YOU need to think before you talk

      • eXoguti093

        You know for some reason I didn’t think you would be talking about the 2k screen, my mind was somewhere else but I agree, no matter what specs you could have at this point graphical performance would be somewhat low, why have something if you can’t use it to it’s full advantage. I think FHD is more than enough at this point, specially even with 1,704×960 which is so close, it might not be a huge difference but it’ll definitely have slightly better performance and battery life

      • abazigal

        That was then. The current A7 processor is more than capable of powering the iPad air (with a resolution of 2048×1536. An A8 should have no problems powering a 1704×960 display, even a 2k display if need be.

      • Umut Topuz

        not like that. due to its resolution iphone 5s gets 2x more frame rates besides the ipad air. why should you prefer using 2k screen without seeing any difference instead of using full hd screen with more frame rates? it’s useless, that’s the point…

  • Willie

    I bet apple would be like “Retina Display, your screen never gotten any clearer”

    • Kurt

      Retina Display, your iPhone screen never gotten any clearer

      • A’s Network

        Grammer Nazi!

  • Capirexz

    Hmmm, I say YES for that.

    • Your Mother

      Hey, you look familiar.

      • Capirexz

        You’re …… BEANNNNNN

  • iBanks

    Hhhhhmmmm…. Has a big gash on the left side of the i6 (Top pic). Makes me wonder if in fact it is only a dummy and not the real deal as proclaimed. Anyhow… I’m just ready for release.

  • Hwhaddafak

    For some reason, the rear camera of the iPhone 6 looks a bit “off” …

  • Hwhaddafak

    Also, did anyone think the rounder sides might be a design change to make the iPhone waterproof? D:

    • mahe

      waterproof will come with iOS8

    • Ishaan Malhotra

      the new ios8 wallpaper, the underwater one, might be an indication of that

    • Kurt

      iPhone will be hailed as the ‘first’ phone to be water proof

      • chris125

        And sue everyone who ever made a waterproof/resistant phone

      • Kurt

        Sony and Samsung will be sued and will win (of course), cases in California.

    • Rowan09

      Don’t know but no phone is really waterproof just water resistant. The Xperia is the only phone that’s close to being almost waterproof. I wouldn’t mind a waterproof/resistant iPhone though, but I wouldn’t be going swimming with it.

    • Brian 

      So rounder sides makes a device waterproof? And while you’re at it, can I go dip my iPad mini into the pool right now?! Omg round sides= waterproof. How didn’t i see this before!

  • Matt Taylor

    If this is true then we can expect a higher res iPad screen as well then… Which would make sense anyway if Apple want to keep up with Samsung’s latest tablet screens!

  • Peke Went

    That would be insane!

  • abazigal

    My guess is neither.

    If Apple does release 2 iPhones, my take is that the 4.7″ iPhone will have a resolution of 1704×960 (for a PPI of 416), while the larger 5.5″ iPhone will have a resolution of 2272×1280 (for a PPI of 474). This will allow them to retain scaling compatibility with existing iphone5 apps, while having a sufficiently high enough resolution to shut up critics.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      No even that wouldn’t shut up critics, especially when it comes to the 416ppi of the 4.7 inch screen.

  • bn326160

    I don’t see why they would do this. But on the other hand I can’t see why they wouldn’t.

  • Eni

    i think this is the real one or a prototipe maybe, coz see his fingers, is holding it not like a dummy plastic but like something more hevier than plastic, it’s like ”strugglin” to hold it

    • rosssimpson

      lmao

      • Eni

        lmao for what?

  • Technocrz!

    So with that the next iPad will have same resolution and this is going to be iPad2 to iPad 3 case, how they will manage these three resolutions with apps,

  • i will be happy with 1080p xD

  • SteveZ

    Why???
    It should be 2272×1280

  • Yujin

    2k? 4k? 9k at what resolution does the human eye stop telling the difference? At one point it will all be so hight we can’t tell the difference anymore.

    • eminem10

      not anytime soon

  • Josh

    Limitation of human eyes are 319 pixel density.other than that we can’t saw any difference..

    • Guest

      Not true. Apple propaganda. It’s BS

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Wow even CultofMac debunked that BS marketing Apple propaganda.

  • Your Mother

    They won’t, if they give you QHD for the iPhone 6 they would have nothing to offer on the iPhone 6S.

    • Bob

      Screen resolutions always stay the same on upgraded models. 4/4S, 5/5S.

      • Your Mother

        on phones perhaps but look at the stunt apple pulled with the mini. they released it with a low resolution display, then the 2nd with a high res display minus the scanner which was available but they withheld it so they can include it in this year’s model.

        I’m betting they won’t go QHD, they’ll good out til the 6S.

  • Kurt

    September can’t come soon enough. Can’t wait for the 5.5″ iPhone and 5.7″ Note 4 comparisons.

    • felixtaf

      5.9″ Note 4 ;). Samsung will always increase display size for new models…

      • grumpyfuzz

        Rumors are that they are sticking to the 5.7 screen size, but again, they are just rumors.

      • Kurt

        He was just kidding. 🙂

      • Kurt

        Haha

  • Rowan09

    Is he holding both iPhone 6 models? If so the rumored 5.5 is not too big when compared to the 4.7 from this picture.

    • mickey

      That’s an iPhone 5….

      • Rowan09

        Ok thanks.

  • Eikast

    This is possible. Apple did focus on their metal API for gaming so that developers can get more performance out of the current A7 chip. I only assume that there would be more to gain on the A8 chip. Apple has been using the same chip to power their retina iPads for sometime now.

  • mickey

    If you check out the LG G3 battery tests (ie; arstechnica) you see a good reason why such a high resolution can be a negative thing.

    http://www.arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/06/lg-g3-review-a-great-phone-with-way-too-many-pixels/

  • tim

    am I the only be here who prefers a 720p screen and great battery life? surely the trade off of crazy definition for lesser battery life is not the go.

    • Kurt

      Swappable battery solves any battery issues. 🙂

  • SkyFall

    “Apparently, Apple employees in Hong Kong and elsewhere have received iPhone 6 Beta units for testing purposes. Why haven’t these unites leaked before?”

    Actually in 2010 there was the famous leaked iPhone 4 beta unit in the bar. And in summer of 2012 there was an iPhone 5 white beta unit shown of in a video, and the iPhone 5c unit just a week before the iPhone 5s/c keynote. So there have been leaked beta units, and a lot of them (usually around summer most of the beta units leak).

  • Kash Gummaraju

    Wow Apple so far has refused to try and implement even the standard 1080p screen let along a basic 720p screen, now this “reliable” insider claims a 2k screen?!

    • felixtaf

      Apple is changing…. This WWDC is a step forward towards a different Apple…. Lets hope the new phone has atleast 1080p.

    • Kurt

      Tim Cook is a much better CEO than steve jobs.

  • chris125

    Ha yeah right. Not going to happen this soon

  • eminem10

    this seems like a rumor that was made up just to get people talking.

    Although Apple did surpass by expectations when they decided that the iPad, iPhone and iPad mini would all run on the same most current A7 chip