NPD DisplaySearch Predicts Displays For 4.7-Inch iPhone, Retina MacBook Air, Apple HDTV and iWatch

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NPD DisplaySearch is one of the more reputable sources of supply-chain chatter there is, and they are currently making some bold predictions when it comes to Apple’s future iOS device line-up, from the iPhone 6, Retina MacBook Air, Apple HDTV and iWatch. Not only do they say that Apple is intending on announcing a retina iPad mini later this month (fingers crossed), but they say a larger iPhone is a certainty. In fact, they think every Apple display will improve across the board.

According to the NPD DisplaySearch blog, they expect Apple to revamp almost all of the displays in almost every category.

For the iPhone 6, for example, NPD believes Apple will adopt both a 4.7-inch and 5.7-inch display, running both 720p and 1080p displays. They think a 13-inch iPad will run an oddball 2732 x 2048 resolution, and the new MacBook Air will similarly have a bizarre 2304 x 1440 display.

They also predict that the Apple HDTV will come in 55- and 65-inch varieties and will be a 4K set. As for the iWatch, it will have a wimpy 320 x 320 display, but they think it will be a flexible AMOLED affair.

Me? I don’t buy any of this. Apple has a set way of doing things, improving resolutions by doubling pixels. A 13-inch Retina MacBook Air, in otherwords, would have as 2880 x 1800 display, but functionally run like a 1440 x 900 display. Similarly, Apple’s iPhone 6 going to 1080p and 720p displays would cause a lot of new screen sizes to program for. So I’m skeptical. What about you?

  • Adrayven

    You’re right, screen sizes waaaay off.. immediately draws suspicion. More likely they are testing sizes between 4.7 – 5.7.. does not mean they will release the low and high end.

    The 13″ iPad I still think is a joke on the media.. kind of like the iWatch was to Samsung to keep them spinning.

  • tool022611

    I can see them making the 13″ iPad, a lot of people use iPad’s as a computer and with 64 bit technology and the new security features, the iPads will be moving towards business adoption. As for the iPhone 6, they will go with a larger screen, I’m thinking no bigger than 4.5″ and keeping the 5s as the second tier phone and the 5c as the third.

  • Paul Burt

    They’re not going to increase the screen size next year. Apple doesn’t need to stoop to Samsung’s level by offering a phone in every size screen possible.

  • Paul Burt

    They’re not going to increase the screen size next year. Apple doesn’t need to stoop to Samsung’s level by offering a phone in every size screen possible.

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