Apple's affordable iPhone fiber glass body to be extremely thin, and sport the 4" display of iPhone 5
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 15, 2013, 10:11 AM
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said today that the specs for the affordable iPhone version have been decided upon as far back as 2011, and Apple is not changing them.
What this would essentially mean is that we won't be seeing a screen larger than the 4" display on the iPhone 5, but rather the cheaper handset will carry the same display.
The analyst also reiterated that the chassis will be made of fused polycarbonate plastic and fiber glass, which will give it better tensile strength than your typical affordable handset. The affordable handset is expected to be very thin and light, to the point of between 4-6mm, which would be a pretty svelte achievement, and come in up to four more colors than the traditional black and white of the iPhone handsets so far.
As for the flagship iPhone 5S, the analyst reiterates that one of the main new features will be a fingerprint sensor beneath the home key that will skip the need for passwords or unlock patterns, and will also potentially provide mobile payment authorizations.
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Only 4" ? Oh, come on Apple you need to make it at least 4.3" or 4.5" or even 5"(that will be impossible).
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:13 AM 20
So much for the iMath model, or whatever they were going to call it. Next year?
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:24 AM 11
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The next iPhone will have about the same impact as the s4. A very good phone that neither wows, or disappoints. The innovation engine is slowly stalling, due to hardware limitations. Remember hardware just came from 500 MHz and 250 Mb of ram to where it is now. Once a huge jump in hardware occurs again innovation will kick into high gear again.
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:43 AM 3
Not sure if I agree with that, Apple has always optimized their software to run on the hardware. Buttery smooth since the early days? Innovation from Apple needs to come in the form of major updates with iOS. Better features, better options, etc...
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 11:03 AM 2
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"Remember hardware just came from 500 MHz and 250 Mb of ram to where it is now" First of all talking about iPhone, there never was such iPhone with CPU running at 500MHz. Talking about iPhone and other smartphones, there never was such thing like a 250MB of RAM, 256MB but not 250MB. Also you say "Remember hardware just came from...", but it is not true, it is not "just came" because again talking abou iPhone, that was FOUR YEARS AGO!
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 12:25 PM 0
Just goes to show Tim's view of Apple isn't what Steve's was. Looks like Tim is about numbers, no matter how, while Steve was about numbers via strict methodology. It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Two big questions remain: what about changes to iOS and will they ever get a 4.5" range of screen sizes?
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:27 AM 0
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So the only thing i can do to try to differentiate the models are the figures in length and width?? All i can make out from the image is, "long, long, long, long, long, short, short and short. iPhone 4 and 5 look-alikes?"
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:43 AM 0
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"the analyst reiterates that one of the main new features will be a fingerprint sensor beneath the home key that will skip the need for passwords or unlock patterns..." Damn, what kinda bezel size are we looking at here on the iP5S?! Also... Are we sure these specs are for the affordable iPhone, and not an updated iPod Touch or iPad Mini-Mini???
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:47 AM 1
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Apple is slowly learning how to copy SAME-sung when it comes to everything .. except that it is a bit stubborn about letting their "iconic" phone grow in size ... see they know all people don;t consider Aluminum to be "Premium" :)
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 10:48 AM 3
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As much as I like my I5,I have to say that every company is upgrading and moving forward whereas Apple is downgrading. Can't wait to see Apple's commecials showing the most advanced low end iDevice lolololol. The way technology changes nowadays the iPhone 5 is almost a low end phone.
posted on Mar 15, 2013, 12:36 PM 2
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