Although we’re excited about the iPhone 5S, we’re not expecting it to be vastly different to the iPhone 5. We at least expect it to look largely identical. But according to a new rumor that has surfaced in China, the device could come with thinner bezels and a new display that offers twice as many pixels.
The rumor comes from “insiders” who have been talking to WeiPhone.com. They claim the iPhone 5S will get a new display that will pack a staggering 1.5 million pixels — more than twice the 730,000 pixels in the existing iPhone 5 Retina display.
The size of the display won’t increase, WeiPhone claims, Apple will just introduce an even greater resolution. If true — and we must say at this point that we’re a little skeptical — it means app developers will again have to tweak their visuals to accommodate the extra pixels.
This would give the iPhone 5S a better chance of competing with the 1080p displays making their way into the latest crop of Android flagships, however.
WeiPhone also claims that the iPhone 5S will have thinner bezels down the side of its display, which we’re even more skeptical about. If that was to happen, Apple would either need to make the display bigger or the iPhone itself smaller.
We’re pretty confident the Cupertino won’t change the hardware that dramatically for an “incremental” upgrade; that seems like the kind of change we’d see for the iPhone 6 instead.