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August 27, 2014 9:08 AM   Subscribe


 
I've read that iPhone 6 is going to increase the ppi on the new larger screen size. The only conceivable reason for doing that is VR, IMO. You already can't see the pixels on a screen that's a reasonable distance from your face. It only makes sense to increase the resolution if you're going to be looking at the thing a few inches from your face. Apple has an HMD patent already. If they don't announce an HMD with the iphone 6, i'll be very surprised.
posted by empath at 9:40 AM on August 27 [2 favorites]


empath: It only makes sense to increase the resolution if you're going to be looking at the thing a few inches from your face

Or if customers' desire for higher numbers is decoupled from the actual functionality.
posted by tonycpsu at 11:55 AM on August 27 [2 favorites]


Great article (truly best of the web--thanks, Martin), and very timely.

I got my DODOcase Google Cardboard VR kit a few days ago, and while it's just lowercase vr, it's still pretty neat. It's like a digital, dynamic View-Master, which is a pretty significant thing on its own terms even if it's not completely immersive, haptic, smell-o-vision. It makes me wish Parrot made an AR.Drone with stereo cameras.
posted by jjwiseman at 12:18 PM on August 27


I got drunk and ordered a rift a few weeks ago. Will report back if it ever ships.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 4:19 PM on August 27


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