Bigger Display Yet Smaller Form Factor Likely On New iPhone

April 28, 2012

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.

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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.

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iPhone5+6-3+4-7 April 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I think it's very likely that there will be a different form factor on the new iPhone. (I also hope there is one) Just wondering about your last question: How could a slimmer new iPhone be a bad thing!


Michelle Canever April 30, 2012 at 8:00 am

The only way a slimmer new iPhone could be considered bad is if the slimness makes the device harder to hold. For instance, I have a Galaxy S2 (and an iPhone 4S) and the Galaxy S2, due to how skinny it is, isn't as easy to hold as the 4S. I would imagine some users might have the same concern for the new iPhone–though if Apple does things right, they'll build a new iPhone that is both slim and easy to hold.

Thanks for commenting!


JoeShmoe99 April 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I, too, would not be in favor of an overly thin/light device. I think electronic components, especially ones that we carry around in our pocket and that tend to get tossed around a bit, should have some heft to them. The current size of the iPhone is perfect, in my opinion.


Michelle Canever May 2, 2012 at 8:00 am

Agreed, Joe!


iPhone5+6-3+4-7 April 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Hmm, I guess I never thought of it like that. I guess I'm just so used to my overly heavy, half-smart half-dumb phone that I never realized a slim phone could be an issue. Knowing Apple, they'll hopefully create some way that the phone is slim, yet doesn't pose a problem to many people.


Michelle Canever May 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

Yep, we agree! Apple tends to hit it out of the ball park when it comes to getting things just right on their devices. We have no doubt that will be what happens here!


IPhone 5 April 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

As long as they don't take any of the features from the previous phone out, and it still runs at the same speed or faster, then it's a great thing!


Michelle Canever April 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hi iPhone 5,

Great point! We expect the new iPhone to have even better features than the iPhone 4S. It should also run faster.

Thanks for commenting!


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