Rumor: iPhone 5S to Boast IGZO Screen, Come in Multiple Colors

How do you improve on an iPhone that’s bigger, better and lighter than ever before? Part of the answer, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, lies in taking the iPhone 5’s already scrumptious eye candy to even more pixel-packed heights, with the help of Sharp’s new IGZO display technology.

The analyst believes that Apple will unveil an iPhone 5S in June or July, long before the iPhone 6 proper rolls around. According to Misek, the iPhone 5S could ship in six or eight different colors, though all would pack an improved “Super HD” camera, up to 128GB of storage, NFC, and yes, an IGZO display.

What’s the big deal about IGZO? In a nutshell, it’s more responsive, energy-efficient and pixel-packed than the displays currently on the market. Sharp demoed off the technology – an improvement on current thin film transistor displays — at CEATEC earlier this year, with the highlight being a 6.1-inch screen packing a 2560 x 1600 resolution. That’s comparable to the resolution in a high-end, 30-inch desktop monitor, but crammed into such a tight space. It’s good for a whopping 498 pixels per inch.

By comparison, the HTC Droid DNA sports a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080 resolution display that tops out at 440 ppi.

Misek also claims that prototypes of the iPhone 6 are already floating around, and at least one sports a 4.8-inch IGZO “Retina+” display, along with a quad-core A7 processor. The iPhone 6 prototype also lacks a home button, CNET reports, which leads Misek to believe that the handset may rely entirely on gesture controls.

Image credit: The Verge

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  1. Tux Says:

    Sharp’s SH-02E smartphone already has an IGZO display AND comes in multiple colors.

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