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?