You know what’s interesting about all the rumors on the iPhone 6? Two important aspects haven’t received much publicity? Across the board, the Apple blogosphere predicts two screen models for the iPhone 6: a 4.7-inch model, and a 5.5-inch phablet-like model.
That Apple needs to have more iPhone models and larger screens is a given. One way competitors could differentiate their anemic products from Apple’s iPhone was with larger screens with over-saturated colors. Look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you’ll see what I mean. As usual, Apple is late to the large screen party.
What seems to be missing from the blogosphere’s rumor mills, which always work overtime in the months preceding a new iPhone launch, is the iPhone’s name, and the screen resolution.
On Screens And Resolutions
What we’re not nearing from anyone is the screen resolutions for the iPhone 6 and how Apple will solve the resolution hole they dug themselves into by not having a resolution independence built in to the iPhone in the first place.
Here’s what I think will happen. Ultra Retina. Or, put another way, quad-pixel resolution. Apple may have figured out a way to keep good battery life while pushing four times the number of pixels to the screen.
That may work great for a 4.7-inch display, one which is nominally larger than the current 4-inch display on an iPhone 5s, but what will the resolution be and how will that look on a gargantuan iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display?
Also not discussed much in the blogosphere is what will happen to the 4-inch iPhone model? After all, the iPhone 5s, with a 4-inch screen, is the world’s most popular smartphone. Will Apple ditch the 4-inch model in favor of the 4.7-inch? Or, will Apple manufacture three models? 4-inch, 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch?
On iPhone Names
The original iPhone was just an iPhone, and it took a few years for Apple to settle into the current numeric naming scheme. iPhone 3S to iPhone 4. Then iPhone 4s. Then iPhone 5. Then iPhone 5s (and 5c).
We’re expecting an iPhone 6, right? But with two to three iPhone models, how will Apple differentiate them? iPhone mini for the 4-inch model? iPhone 6 for the 4.7-inch model? iPhone Air for the larger 5.5-inch model?
Clearly Apple does not want to continue with a numbering scheme indefinitely, right? Think of how cumbersome it is to say iPhone 11s. Or, iPhone 17c. There’s precedent for eliminating a numbering naming scheme, too. There’s no number used to differentiate models on the iPad, iPod, Mac mini, MacBook line, Mac Pro, or iMac models.
How about MacBook Air, iPad Air, and now iPhone Air? Fair enough, but note that the MacBook Air is the low end of the Mac notebook line, while the iPad Air is the high end of the iPad line. Let’s face it. Apple has a naming scheme problem to overcome with iPhone 6.