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iPhone 8 Retina Display to Get a Big Boost

For people craving information about the iPhone 8, the firmware for Apple's upcoming HomePod speaker remains the gift that keeps on giving.

Credit: ConceptsiPhone

(Image credit: ConceptsiPhone)

Earlier, developers looking through the firmware found evidence not only of the iPhone 8's reduced-bezel design but also confirmation of a rumored face recognition feature that will be able to unlock the new phone. Now, one of those same developers may have stumbled upon code that indicates a big bump in resolution for the next iPhone.

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Steve Troughton-Smith, the developer who uncovered the face recognition evidence, now seems to have found the iPhone 8's possible screen resolution. As spotted by The Verge, Troughton-Smith tweeted that the HomePod's firmware includes mention of an iPhone with a resolution of 2436 x 1125. That would be a serious improvement over the current iPhone's retina display.

How serious? The current iPhone 7 offers a resolution of 1334 x 750 — a 326 pixels-per-inch resolution on the 4.7-inch screen. The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus features a sharper resolution at 1920 x 1080 or 401 ppi.

More importantly, a 2436 x 1125 screen would put the iPhone 8 in the ballpark of the Galaxy S8 and its 2960 x 1440 Quad HD+ display. With the iPhone 8 rumored to feature an OLED panel instead of an LCD screen, one of the big advantages Samsung's phones enjoy over Apple's — display quality — could be fading away.

This isn't the first time we've heard about a sharper resolution coming to the iPhone 8's screen. Back in February, a report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explained how Apple's next phone would feature a 5.8-inch screen with a function area along the bottom featuring a set of "always-on, static system controls into iOS." (Think virtual home button and some other controls.) That would reduce the working area of the screen to 5.15 inches, which Kuo pegged as having a resolution of 2436 x 1125 — exactly what's showing up in the HomePod firmware if you're scoring along at home.

Whatever the resolution of the iPhone 8 turns out to be, it's clear that the display is going to be a primary area of focus on Apple's next phone. Here's hoping we get a chance to see it sooner rather than later, given all the reports of shipping delays pushing the iPhone's release into the latter three months of 2017.