iPhone 6 Retina HD

A post published on the Chinese blog Feng.com back in June claimed that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones would be gaining a resolution bump, though that report has yet to be corroborated by other more reliable sources.

Be that as it may, this morning some purported specifications for the upcoming iPhones were shared on the microblogging website Weibo and spotted by Feng, suggesting the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will feature increased Retina HD screen resolutions with approximately 25 percent more pixels.

According to the blurry image of Apple’s alleged spec sheets, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus should feature the following resolutions:

  • iPhone 6s — 2,000 x 1,125 pixels at 488 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 6s Plus — 2,208 × 1242 pixels at 460 pixels per inch

By comparison, the current iPhones sport these resolutions:

  • iPhone 6 — 1,334 x 750 pixels at 326 pixels per inch
  • iPhone 6 Plus — 1,920 x 1,080 pixels at 401 pixels per inch

Now, before you dismiss the report arguing that these new resolutions don’t make much sense, you must consider the fact that the present-generation iPhones actually render everything in these sizes before scaling the canvas down to the actual device resolution.


For instance, my iPhone 6 Plus already renders everything in 2,208 × 1242 pixels that the iPhone 6s Plus screen is supposed to feature. The GPU inside the device works in tandem with iOS to automatically scale down the 2,208 × 1242 canvas to the phone’s native full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

Same goes for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

You can easily confirm this by taking a screenshot of your Home screen or apps (just press the power and Home button simultaneously. Then, transfer the screenshot to your computer, open it in an image editing program like Pixelmator and check its resolution.


Assuming this rumor is true, Apple was probably planning all along to increase the resolution of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus so they’ve laid the groundwork for that by forcing the current phones to render everything in next-gen iPhones’ native resolutions.

Note that the iPhone 6s’s supposed 2,000 x 1,125 resolution scales down proportionally to the full HD 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. Same goes for the iPhone 6s Plus’s rumored 2,208 × 1242 native display resolution: it, too, scales down proportionally to full HD.

Should the new phones continue to render a larger canvas internally as current models do, the iPhone 6s should gain a full HD 1080p screen, which would file as a notable improvement over its current 720p-class screen, while the iPhone 6s Plus would go from full HD 1080p to 2K.

Either way, that would be a smart move on Apple’s part

For starters, existing iPhone 6/6 Plus-optimized apps already render everything in these higher resolutions so they should automatically look sharper and allow more content on the upcoming iPhones.

Keep in mind that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus screen sizes are not expected to change. But with 25 percent more pixels, the pixel density will in fact increase so images will look sharper than on the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens, which Apple markets under the “Retina HD” moniker.

Last but not least, assuming the new phones won’t use resolution downscaling due to increased display resolution, graphics should be considerably faster and less taking on the battery—without even taking into account a faster A9 chip said to power these devices.

Pretty cool, huh?

Source: Feng.com via iPhone in Canada

  • Richard

    I dont want this, here my reasons.

    #1. This could effect battery life. 1080p looks amazing and give my 6 plus great battery life.

    #2. Apps will eat up more storage space. Developers will have to upgrade their apps for this new resolution.

    • Alex Ruski

      it seems to me that you didn’t read the article at all! since is quite the opposite of what you said!

    • Marco

      #2 – iOS 9 app’s features “App Thinning”: basically you will only download assets for your current phone vs now you will download every thing for all supported phones.

    • techfreak23

      Seriously, did you not read the article? It even says that all apps for the iPhone 6/6+ already have the assets in those resolutions. The space is already being taken up on the current line of phones. Also, the current models downscale those assets to work with the native resolution of the 2 screens. More battery is currently being used because the GPU need to work to downscale the images.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Write an update/review to the colorflow 2.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    How is 25% more pixels go from 1080 HD to 2K? So if this is true then basically the 6S plus will have a Quad HD display like the Samsung devices.

    • Scott

      That selfie lookin real grainy

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Says the person who has no pic. You got nothing better to do than to hate on my pic? FYI that was for my grandfathers funeral. So I suggest you stop.

      • Scott

        Takin selfies before funerals? Takin *grainy* selfies?

    • eXoguti097

      Because it goes from 1920 to 2208

  • Joey

    Naming contest lets go!

    Retina HD
    Retina HDs
    Retina HD Plus
    Retina UHD
    Retina 2K
    Retina 4K

    Keep em names coming!!!

    • Elias Chao

      New Retina :p

    • Eyal Rotem

      Retina Pro

  • thunderqus

    So the ground work was laid last year itself, leaving no clues until the announcements this year… I love how Apple works…

  • Nicholas Osborne

    And yet no PPI increase for the iPad?

  • Fevostone

    I hope this is true it defo needs to happen. It will make it a worthy upgrade then if the camera is 4k recording and 12m. Will make a much better experience viewing our pictures and videos.

  • Daimon_CK

    Thats the rumour that matters the most to me. The 1080p screen on the iPhone Plus was bing killed by 2k Screens.

    • iPhoneWINS

      marginal and barely noticeable.. killed? nah the screen is too small for all that