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Here's how Apple could make the next iPhone and iPad thinner and lighter

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Here's how Apple could make the next iPhone and iPad thinner and lighter
As we know, Apple takes pride in its hardware design, and likes to show off in that regard. Of course, the easiest way to impress people when it comes to hardware design is to make your device as thin an light as possible without sacrificing too much in terms of ergonomics and battery life. Now, we're getting an idea as to how Apple might be able to cut the size of the next iPhone and iPad.

The info comes from LED Inside citing sources in the Apple supply chain. As you might guess from a site with that name, it seems like Apple is targeting the LED backlight components as a potential point to shrink the iPhone 6. The idea is that Apple will start using a new 0.4mm side-view type LED panel, which is 0.2mm thinner than the LED panel used in the iPhone 5s. Similarly, Apple may be switching the next iPad to a 0.6mm side-view type LED, which again is 0.2mm thinner than the panel used in the iPad Air. 

0.2mm may not sound like much, but it can add up over a larger surface like the 9.7-inch iPad display, or the supposed 4.7-inch iPhone 6 display. And, that is the other part of the news. LED Inside is also saying that the next iPhone will feature a 4.7-inch display, which matches various other reports we've heard. The details get a bit scarce here, but supposedly Apple has also found a way to offer a "much lighter frame" for the device in order to offset the larger screen size. 

source: LED Inside via BGR

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posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:36 1

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


I wouldn't want to watch a video on this thing at all... It's just not looking right, looooooonger but not wider. Eww. Bad Apple/Michael H. bad

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:41 4

9. stealthd (Posts: 974; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You do realize when they made the iphone "looooooonger", they made it 16:9, the same as every other smartphone and HDTV out there, right?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 13:01 1

10. andrejx (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


every smartphone? what smartphone? this LG that is now old ...umm...3 years? 4? and at the time being, was it even a smart phone?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:06 2

20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What are you talking about? He's absolutely right. Most smartphones have the same aspect ratio as the iPhone, 16x9. The only reason the iPhone looks longer is because people are still used to the 3x2 ratio old iPhones used to have. Also, iPhones have bigger top/bottom bezels which contributes to the effect.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:00

17. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


That thing looks more like 20:9 so don't go trying to educate me boy.
@stealthd Soon we'll be seeing the iphone 7S S= Sword. Hahaha

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:26 1

25. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 390; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


go cry in a corner topcat, or should I say boy.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:46

26. Topcat488 (Posts: 1170; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Anytime new boy. 16:10 is a better ratio than this iSword.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 11:36 3

2. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


Getting me excited day by day!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:05 3

3. Kishin (Posts: 631; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Apple these articles excite me all the time.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:13 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Lighter frame - titanium, anyone?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:41 3

11. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Doubtful. Titanium is too expensive.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 15:06

13. vincelongman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


That would be awesome
Also there would be much less scratches and scuffs
because aluminum is 3H, which is very soft
titanium is 6H, which quite hard

But its not gonna had because titanium is expensive
OEMs wouldnt be able to make their flagships for $200

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:03

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I suspect that Apple will have to compromise and go with Stainless. Aluminum won't be able to support the extra thinness yet still be bend-resistant at the >6mm thickness that is being rumored.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:15

22. vincelongman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Stainless steel would be good, wouldn't scratch as easily as aluminum.
But Stainless steel would make the phone heavier
Personally, I would prefer a heavier phone vs a scratched phone

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 19:20

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Then it is back to titanium. Maybe a three year contract term gets the subsidized price back to $200 for a 16gb edition?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:14 1

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


A difference that will never be felt by human hands.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:27 1

6. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


I hope iphone 6 wont be a disappointment. I am also more excited about iOS 8 than the phone. We already know it will be a larger phone by now.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:35

8. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Praytell, what will iOS 8 (aka iOS 7.998599) bring you?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 14:55

12. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Better 64-bit processing.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:07

21. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


It will maybe bring new UI like iOS 7 actually did. Considering Jony Ive got like 8 months to make it work and under immense pressure to make it done by Sept... I expect iOS 8 will be a much improvement.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 12:33 3

7. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


"Here's how Apple could make the next iPhone and iPad thinner and lighter"......

iHeard that Apple has invented something called iPaper and they will build their new devices beginning in late 2014 with this new material, hence, achieving flexible displays and lighter devices. Unfortunately, the iPaper is still iFlammable which can lead to more eXplosions; guess still not "perfect"??!

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 15:20

14. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


You gotta change your doctor, bro. This one's cheating you.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 15:43

16. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You wish you were the REAL Saurik, you're nothing but an iMposter!! At least I'm the one and only PAPINYC, regardless of my doctor.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 16:05

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Actually, I suspect that Apple will be taking a page out of the Lumia 1520 design playbook - thin edges that mask a thick body. I wonder if MS will sue for infringing its design patent?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 17:36

23. remtothemax (Posts: 239; Member since: 02 May 2012)


...what is even the point of this comment?

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 15:37 2

15. Heatfan316 (Posts: 445; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Thing looks like a piece of crap!

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