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Jefferies: Apple iPhone 5 to be 20% thinner and offer 4 inch screen with higher DPI resolution

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Jefferies: Apple iPhone 5 to be 20% thinner and offer 4 inch screen with higher DPI resolution
Brokerage firm Jefferies has released a report on the Apple iPhone 5 and expects the device to offer up a 4 inch screen with a higher DPI (dots per inch) resolution. The report says that the handset will be 20% thinner than its current model. Recent speculation about the next iteration of Apple's iconic smartphone has included talk that it would include liquid metal components and be launched sometime between June and October. Almost everyone claiming to know some inside information about the next Apple iPhone claims that the phone's screen has been bumped up to 4 inches in order to compete with the larger screens on Android models.

Investors have different concerns about the Apple iPhone than fans of the smartphone have and according to the investment house, it won't make a difference to the stock of the tech titan when the iPhone 5 launches. Research from Jefferies analysts call for Apple to ship 15 million units of the new iPhone in the third quarter of this year with 50 million phones expected to be shipped in Q4. "Beginning in September, Apple will have more than 175 million iPhone subscribers globally. Assuming a two-year replacement implies a base case of about 20 million iPhones a quarter," says Jefferies.

The brokerage house says that demand for the Apple iPhone could expand if  Chinese carriers DoCoMo and China Mobile add the device to their respective lineups in the fourth quarter. If that happens, another 10 million units could ship in that three month period. Taking that into consideration Jefferies report says, "Consensus' expectations for 20 percent smartphone market growth implies another 15 million units. We therefore expect Apple to beat estimates in Q4 (and in Q3, should it launch in September)."

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Apple recently sold out its annual WWDC which will take place in June. At the conference, besides showing off the 6th generation of the iPhone, Jefferies expects Apple to announce iOS 6 and an iCloud update. The latter will supposedly match the syncing functions of Google Drive while iOS 6 is expected to have a focus on video. As for the phone itself, so far we have seen pictures allegedly of the home button on the new device.

Other design changes that have been bandied about include the possibility of a smaller dock connector for the next Apple iPhone. We should see LTE connectivity on the phone for the first time, and there still is the question of which processor will be driving the phone. Since we can't count on a prototype to be left on the floor of a bar every year, the design of the phone will probably be left to everyone's imagination until we get closer to its introduction.

Despite recent talk from Forrester Research about an upcoming decline for Apple, the company recently blew away analyst's estimates for its fiscal Q2 and shipped a higher than expected 35.1 million units of the Apple iPhone in the latest three month period.

source: eWEEK

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posted on 28 Apr 2012, 13:45 5

1. grif_ (Posts: 61; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


why does it need to be thinner?

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 13:59 5

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I though the same thing. I think this thin war has to stop, I understand users don't want bricks but if there is extra space fit a bigger battery and keep size similar

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:41 6

14. ian132 (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Dude the iPhone is really thick and heavy and has only a 1400 mah battery. The Droid razor maxx is about1.5 mm thinner i thinner I think but has a 3300 mah battery.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:53 6

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


how does that contradict with my post? and the iPhone is heavy because of its "premium feel" choice of materials my friend

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 15:43 6

20. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Exactly it's glass,and steel... Not plastic.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 15:48 2

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


sorry I did not understood the sarcasm

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 10:40 1

56. ian132 (Posts: 28; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


Glass is not premium it gets sticky and sweaty and they made it glass to sell insurance. Plus the sides are so sharp I could prolly cut myself

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 13:03

58. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


when I said "premium" look at the double quote, I think premium materials are supposed to hold your phone together not shatter, Ive said people have to overlook certain "feel" in order to get truly durable phones. certain plastic alloys offer that. but then its called "cheap plastic" if the iphone where made of that "cheap plastic" it will be more durable and hold more battery.....

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 16:13 1

28. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


the razr is also a lot longer and wider though....If apple can release a 4" screen with a good size battery, 4g and high rez screen, I may be back on the apple bandwagon, although the sgs3 is looking very tempting based on rumors.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 17:35

33. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


1/3 of an inch (.33) is as low as I'd go.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:24

47. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


You realize there are phones out that are less the 8mm already? and that is what 1/3 of an inch is. So we're already there.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:06 3

6. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


well, imagine the 4s bulkiness on a 4 inch phone. it would be a piece brick!

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:11 6

8. tedkord (Posts: 12313; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It wouldn't be any thicker than the 4s. Instead of making it 20% thinner, just make it the same thickness, with a bigger battery.

I also think the thinness push has gone too far. I'd gladly keep the same thickness for an extra couple of hours of battery life. Shrink the rest of the components, grow the battery.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 15:02 4

17. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Agreed! Every iPhone I see is wrapped in a case which makes it three times thicker and hides it completely, because it's so fragile. If anything, make it thicker and more durable, and better looking. They've all looked boring and cheap

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 15:46 4

21. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I've never heard anyone until now say an iPhone looked cheapwowwwww. All premium glass, and stainless steel. Ur entitled to ur opinion tho... Gotta respect it.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 19:07 3

35. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


He's a fandroid

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 19:31 3

38. jhan410 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


well its glass and it feels premium? lol brainwashed sheep, it feels so fragile and weak!

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 20:03 3

39. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I guess that's why nice hotels use plastic dishers and silverware right?

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 02:40 1

44. jhan410 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


haha lol id*otic comparison,, only brainwashed sheep would like a glass on the whole body of a "gadget" esp. a "PHONE"

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 02:42 1

45. jhan410 (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


that is why 90% of all iphones are wrapped in different thick casing to cover up the so called premium beautiful GLASS. how ironic

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:29

49. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


There's no debate that the iPhone is made of great materials. It is--hands down. No arguing. But you are right that most people need a case because if it is dropped it can break. So in a way it is ironic that they focus so much on design. But the iPhone is in no way cheap or weak. It's strength is it's weakness. It's awesome design may also be considered it's downfall to some people. But most phones--other than the iPhone--have a case too. So it's not just the iPhone

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:32 1

51. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yes, since glass is such a nice material we should use it on cars too right? Since it looks so good and anyone who doesn't take care of their car, gets into an accident and the car gets shattered totally deserves it right?

People like you should not be allowed to breed, you sound like the 5 year old kid at my mom's kindergarten who tried to argue why we can't build houses out of biscuits. But at least the kid is 5 years old, what's your excuse for being stupid?

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:26

48. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


The iPhone may be built very well. But he does have a point there. Glass and steel are premium, but that doesn't mean glass is durable. Certainly not cheap, but the iPhone can crack pretty easily if you drop it. & almost everybody that has an iPhone has a case with it.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 00:20 1

43. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


for marekting purposes only, just like iPad resolution is heavily marketed at BETTER than HD resolutions, its called apple snowJob marketing. bullet points that appear special but they really aren't.

Why not use the standard 1080p? because apple can say its better... even though 90 percent of all other devices roll 1080p, not apple and the iHerd eats it up

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 06:21

46. CellularNinja (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


While you guys argue I was hard at work crunching some ridiculous numbers! And if the new iPhone is 20% thinner than the iPhone 4s, it will be approximately 7.2 mm. That would be pretty sweet.
And for me it's really not that fact that phones are too thick for me now. It just adds to the design when a phone is thin.

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 11:38

57. one81 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


So they can called it "NEW INNOVATION"...

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 13:53

2. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Just a little offtopic: about that theory that SJ wanted to keep 3,5 inch screen because it can be operated only by one hand - it's not valid. iPhone was imagined as the device for operation with two hands - it's main innovation was two-finger pinch zooming for pictures and web, and that must be done by using two hands. Saying it was meant to comply to one hand is a little be stretched then...

About 4-inch screen - I wonder what resolution it will be - will they make above 500 PPI screen with 1920x1280 px or finally change the aspect ratio?

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:04 4

5. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Idk about everyone else, but I find it fairly easy to pinch zoom with one hand. I wouldn't consider my method ideal but very functional. But I agree... Jobs was sadly mistaken thinking that 3.5 is the best size. I laugh at anything below 4.3" these days. So glad samsung introduced me to the Note! I can't go smaller anymore.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:17

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


wait you can pinch with one hand? on the note? without the accelerometer zoom? congratulations

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 22:00

40. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Lol yeah. Its easier than it sounds. I pinch with my index and thumb while using my pinky to hold up the phone and middle and ring fingers for support. It sounds more complicated than what it is. And like I said, its not the most ideal method but it works. (Also, zayzay, I don't put the phone down when pinch to zooming.)

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