It seems that this week has been the week for iPhone 5 analysts to come out and play, as we’ve heard a lot of speculation from them this week with regards to the new iPhone and its release date–as well as features. Here’s another tidbit of speculation to add to an already growing list: one analyst anticipates that the new iPhone will receive a big overhaul when compared to the 2011 iPhone 4S.
According to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, the iPhone 5 is “likely to be thinner than the 4S.” Misek states that he believess this “TPK’s results point to lost market share in the iPhone 5 as their commentary implied a large customer was moving away from their technology.” That, Misek believes, means Apple is leaving TPK behind and will instead use a display from inCell. This, in turn, leads Misek to believe that the new iPhone is “likely to be 20% thinner.”
Perhaps even more important than a slim form factor is the possibility of a change to the new iPhone display. Here, again, Misek predicts big changes for the new iPhone. According to Misek, the iPhone 5 will likely have a 4-inch screen and possible DPI improvement. The possible DPI improvement means an even sharper display resolution–so the current sharp retina display just might get a big improvement.
With a slimmer form factor and a 4-inch screen, just what can we expect the new iPhone to look like? Well, given the description, it sounds a lot like Samsung’s Galaxy S2 phone, which boasts a 4.3-inch screen and an ultra-thin case. Those who own the Galaxy S2 report that, despite the bigger screen, the phone fits easily in their pocket due to how thin it is. It’s likely Apple wants to match this slimness so that iPhone 5 owners do not feel they are carrying around a bulky device.
Misek didn’t just speculate about the size and display in his research reported in Forbes, though–he also mentioned that he expects Apple to build at least 50 to 60 million units in the 3rd quarter of 2012. This would hopefully mean that the new iPhone will be easier to purchase at launch as there should be enough to meet demand.
So, readers, what’s your take? Do you think a slimmer new iPhone is a good thing or a bad thing? Leave us a comment below and make your opinion heard.