This New Japanese Tech Could Give Future iPhones 651PPI “Super-Retina” Displays

This New Japanese Tech Could Give Future iPhones 651PPI “Super-Retina” Displays

The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S’s Retina Displays are already ludicrously pixel packed at 326 ppi, but even so, that’s only enough pixels to make it so that the human eye can’t resolve them when the phone is held twelve inches away from your face.

Apple can do better, and maybe someday they will, thanks to Japan Display’s new technology which squeeze 651 pixels per inch into an LCD screen. Their latest display has a resolution of 1280 x 800, the same as the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro, but is only 2.3 inches across.

That’s just one ppi from a true pixel doubling, which Apple has done for iOS devices to maintain backwards compatibility amongst apps and UI elements. If Apple picked this technology up, they’d finally have a display that was “retina” in the truest sense of the term… albeit, at four times the impact on the GPU.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Here’s the thing about all this.

    For televisions, Super Hi-Vision is all that will ever be needed. Once screens are Super Hi-Vision, we won’t need to worry about resolution increase gimmicks ever again.
    For portables? Well, I can still sometimes see iPhone pixels on the current model. Would this be truly the limit of human vision? I think so. And I trust Japan to come up with this definition in mobile devices…
    …Because they came up with Super Hi-Vision. And no one on Earth has a greater need for crystal clear displays than the Japanese.
    Even though many kanji are falling by the wayside and being supplanted with a mix of hiragana and katakana, being able to discern them remains critical. This is beautifully illustrated in the image associated with this story.
  • Gen Arron J Hunt

    I hope they don’t. The current iPhone resolution is already enough that you can’t see individual pixels with your naked eye, I fail to see why they would need to be more dense than that. It puts more work on developers because they will be forced to design at a higher resolution. Me being a pixel-perfectionist designer I already have nightmares about it. 

  • Jairo

    I hope they don’t. The current iPhone resolution is already enough that you can’t see individual pixels with your naked eye, I fail to see why they would need to be more dense than that. It puts more work on developers because they will be forced to design at a higher resolution. Me being a pixel-perfectionist designer I already have nightmares about it. 

    Oh boo hoo! the developers would actually have to do their jobs. I guess its wiser for technology to not advance solely for the reason that the developers would rather not do their jobs.

  • Gabriel Martin

    Its super high enough for 2007 screen size (3.5)

    Its 2012 NOT 2007… So please even they will put 1 million PPI but will still use the old tech (tft lcd from early 1990′s it doesnt make sense because using it in watching vides will still be washed out. Only SUPER AMOLED PLUS HD can create a movie that even in the most awkward position the screen still viewable…

    If the PPI is just for the sake of TEXT then just say in the commercial tat iphone is so good in reading txt (messages) but not movies & pictures…

    I have iphone 4s and even a samsung vibrant of my son will kick my phone in terms of watching any multimedia (movies) like in Netflix (ITS A FACT NOT OPINION) how much more the GALAXY S3…

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