A new iPhone screen size doesn't come along every day—the last one happened in 2012, when the iPhone 4S (left) was replaced by the iPhone 5 (right).
We're just a few weeks out from the expected launch of Apple's next iPhone, which means the ever-noisy rumor mill is spinning even more quickly than usual. Rather than bombarding you continuously every time a blurry picture of a circuit board leaks, we're going to gather up the most relevant stuff for your perusal, applying a healthy amount of skepticism along the way. This week, the scuttlebutt is about the phone's larger screen, which may be its most obvious and most widely anticipated feature.
This is supposedly a close-up shot of the new iPhone's display panel.
First up, we have some rumors from earlier this week on the screen's resolution—Apple will want to hold on to the "Retina" moniker it's been using for its screens since the iPhone 4, and that means maintaining or beating the 326 PPI density of its current screens. One report, based on a close-up photo of what is supposedly an iPhone display panel, claims a resolution of 1704×960. Another, based on a string found in the latest Xcode 6 beta, claims a resolution of 1472×828.
The new iPhone is rumored to come in two different screen sizes, one 4.7-inch and one 5.5-inch. At 4.7 inches, those rumored resolutions would come out to 416 PPI and 359 PPI, respectively. At 5.5 inches, they would come out to 356 PPI and 307 PPI. Assuming that we do get two different iPhones in two different sizes, it's theoretically possible for both resolutions to be correct: the higher resolution might belong to the 5.5-inch model, while the lower resolution could apply to the 4.7-inch model. At this point there's not a lot of proof one way or the other.