May 23, 2012

Apple hasn't settled on the final design of the next-generation iPhone, according to 9to5Mac. The company is still testing various prototypes, some of which have different screen shapes and sizes compared to previous iPhones. One of the top contenders among the prototypes features a larger display and adds its own twist.

All iPhones sold to date have had a display measuring 3.5 inches across the diagonal, and a 3:2 aspect ratio. The iPhone 4 and 4S have 640 x 960 pixels, which Apple markets as a Retina Display. The idea behind the Retina Display is that the pixel density is so high, human eyes can't pick out the individual pixels. The result is crisp text, sharp edges, and a clean and legible look.

The new iPhone, according to 9to5Mac's sources, will have a display that measures 3.95 inches across the diagonal. The height of the display would increase to 3.45 inches, but the width would be the same 1.96 inches it has always been.

The new measurements change the aspect ratio of the next-gen iPhone, bringing it very close to the standard 16:9 ratio that's used in television sets and computer monitors. With the aspect ratio set essentially to 16:9, tons of video content will naturally fill the entire display.



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