Display industry research firm DisplaySearch recently disclosed its predictions for the new display tech that will be unveiled in 2014. According to DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will likely boost the size and resolution quality of its next iPhone displays. The analyst also noted that Apple may utilize a flexible display technology for its long-rumored iWatch.
Hsieh noted that Apple is exploring two different screen sizes for the iPhone 6 — a 4.7-inch display and a 5.5-inch display. Like the current iPhone 5S display, both display sizes would continue to utilize the LTPS (low-temperature polysilicon) TFT (thin-film-transistor) LCD (liquid-crystal display) technology. However, the 4.7-inch display would be upgraded to a 1,600 x 900 pixel resolution that would give it 386 ppi (pixels per inch). In comparison, the iPhone 5S currently has a 1,136 x 640 pixel resolution for 326 ppi. Hsieh also predicted that the 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 will have a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution for a stunning 401 ppi display.
Hsieh also sees two different possible screen sizes for Apple’s long-awaited wearable tech product. According to the analyst, Apple’s iWatch will feature a 1.3-inch or 1.6-inch flexible AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display. This is the same display technology that Samsung (SSNLF.PK) uses for its curved Galaxy Round smartphone. Hsieh believes that the iWatch will have a 320 x 320 pixel resolution for 348 ppi for the 1.3-inch display, or 278 ppi for the 1.6-inch display.
Besides weighing in on Apple’s upcoming iPhone and iWatch, Hsieh also offered his prediction for Apple’s iPad product line. The analyst believes that Apple may unveil a 12.9-inch iPad in 2014 that will have a TFT LCD display with 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution for 265 ppi. DisplaySearch’s iPhone display forecast aligns with recent supply chain rumors that have been reported by various media outlets. Bloomberg cited an unnamed source who predicted that Apple would unveil 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone screen sizes this year. However, Bloomberg’s source also noted that the new iPhones would feature displays that curve down over the edge of the devices.
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White has also predicted that Apple will unveil 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch iPhone screen sizes this year. “Given Apple’s pattern of keeping at least one older iPhone model alive, this would equate to a total of three iPhone screen sizes for consumers to choose from this year,” wrote White in a recent note to investors obtained by StreetInsider.
Meanwhile, there have also been various unconfirmed supply chain rumors about a 12.9-inch iPad. For example, Taiwan’s DigiTimes website reported in December that Apple is planning on releasing a 12.9-inch tablet in October 2014 that will be geared towards North America’s educational market.