When the Retina Display for the iPhone 4 and the iPad 3rd generation made its debut, Apple figured out a way of allowing owners of the advanced displays to view and use apps and games by doubling the pixels. All-in-all this magnified the apps, causing some distortion, but they were still very much usable.
Jailbreak Tweak and Cydia app developer Ryan Petrich found something interesting today in the QuartzCore constant of the iOS 6 firmware, which could suggest that Apple is working on a “Super-Retina” display. The standard constant, which is already being used, is called “kCAContextEnablePixelDoubling”, well Petrich now found another constant in the firmware called “kCAContextEnablePixelQuadrupling”.
kCAContextEnablePixelDoubling and kCAContextEnablePixelQuadrupling constants in QuartzCore suggest a “super-retina” device is in the works?
— Ryan Petrich (@rpetrich) January 15, 2013
This could possibly mean that the next generation iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPad 5 will include 4 times the pixels of the current. While the Retina display is already a beautiful thing and hard to distinguish pixels on the screen, this Super Retina display would be even higher in resolution.
People took to Twitter speculating that this constant could also mean that Apple is improving the internal files for 4k televisions, which should make a huge splash in 2013 and 2014. LG, Sharp, and Samsung were displaying these 4k televisions ever since CES 2012, while making them available to consumers this year. We know that we would rather see a Retina display iPad Mini, than Apple putting time into upgrading the current Retina display on the iPhone and iPad, which is already close to perfect.
What do you guys think? Do we need a higher resolution iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPad 5?
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