Display panels purportedly destined for the iPhone 7 series hint at big resolution upgrades for both devices. According to one leaker, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will see its resolution bumped to 1080p, while the iPhone 7 Plus will get a super sharp 2K panel.
Apple was one of the first smartphone manufacturers to focus on high-resolution displays panels when it launched the Retina display with the iPhone 4. But since then, rival companies have shipped sharper panels that have meant the iPhone has fallen behind.
2K or Quad HD displays are now commonplace on the latest Android-powered flagships, including those from Samsung, Apple’s biggest competitor. Now, according to a leaker on Weibo, this year’s iPhone 7 Plus will also have a Quad HD screen.
That’s a big step up from the 1080p panel currently shipping inside the iPhone 6s Plus. The smaller iPhone 7 is also expected to pack more pixels as its Retina HD display is bumped up to 1080p from just 750p.
The leaker adds that the displays pictured above were manufactured by JDI, a screen supplier that has been partnered with Apple for a number of years.
Of course, it’s hard to establish whether these claims are genuine at this point. This is the first time we’ve heard the iPhone 7 series might pack sharper displays, so maybe it’s best we take it with a pinch of salt for the time being.