Dubious Rumor: An iPad ‘Maxi’ And Double Resolution iPhone 5S

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A new pair of rather questionable rumors have appeared today suggesting some major changes to the Apple product line-up in the next year or so. The first concerns a new iPad ‘Maxi’ which is being report by Korean site ETNews as launching in early 2014 with a 12.9 inch screen size, compared to the 9.7 inch screen of the current generation Retina Display iPad. The new device is apparently set to compete with a range of ultrabooks and, aside from amusing name, would be released early next year.

In contrast, Chinese site WeiPhone is suggesting that the next iteration of the iPhone, the iPhone 5S, which is expected to be released later this year, will actually have around double the amount of pixels on the screen. The device is being reported to have around 1.5 million pixels compared to the nearly 730,000 currently found in the iPhone 5. This report is even more dodgy than the first, as any increase in screen resolution would likely involve a fourfold increase in pixel number rather than two fold as the increase would have to be in both horizontal and vertical dimensions. For comparison, the iPhone 3GS had a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels whereas the iPhone 4 had a resolution of 640 x 960, or four times the number of pixels.

With both sources having a less than stellar reputation on reports surrounding pre-release Apple products, they are, perhaps, not worth taking too seriously.


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  • RedMercury

    Keep in mind that you also need a graphics chip capable of handling that many pixels. In other words, Not Bloody Likely.

  • lucascott

    I could see both of them being possible. Unlikely on the iPad but not impossible.

    And if there is a cure to any battery issues and a reason other than simply ‘we want the highest spec’ then the double resolution isn’t impossible either. Hopefully they won’t demand developers match it but allow for a two resolution setup so those things that would be served by the higher can use it but the rest can stay. Like how on the MBP retina there is a slider for quality and screen space.