Apple's affordable iPhone fiber glass body to be extremely thin, and sport the 4" display of iPhone 5


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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27 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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).

2. Aeires unregistered

So much for the iMath model, or whatever they were going to call it. Next year?

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

iMath...... nothing special at all, its just a taller iPhone 5.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

4.3 or 4.5 is ideal size

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I hope so..... Because Apple is still in low gear right now, I think we need to wait a little bit longer.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You, and Aeries make valid points. I'm interested in what apple brings to the table, but prepared to not be wowed. I think it's a software year for apple.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Seriously, I'm not interested and excited at all. Why? Because every time an iPhone releases, the design still remains the same, what I hate about is the one and only physical home button.

11. Aeires unregistered

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...

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Remember hardware just came from 500 MHz and 250 Mb of ram to where it is now" Are you kidding...

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not kidding

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"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!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Whatever dude. ExperiaDroid and aeries understood what I meant. I didn't need to be exact. Buzz off please

20. Aeires unregistered

250 vs. 256 is splitting hairs. Most of us got it. lol

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Aeries exactly bro. That guy looks to argue all the time, generally I just ignore him.

12. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

A reason for them not to make larger screen will "eat" their profit. At same $200 w/ contract, you got 5" from other companies' offerings.

27. TheBitterTruth unregistered

5" is not handy for all. 4.3" is maximum for one handed use.

5. Aeires unregistered

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?

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS needs a major overhaul, and they need multiple screen sizes. Rite now they have two, but that's by default.

7. MobileJunkieJr

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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?"

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"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???

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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" :)

18. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

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.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple doesn't know the meaning of affordable phones nor cheap ones the iPhone will still crack

24. ahmed_ali_yossef2010

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

so when will the iphone with A7 chip be released " i think it will be a beast "

25. TechDork

Posts: 402; Member since: May 10, 2010

Widen out the screen a little bit...sheesh.

26. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why again the same thing? Can't they find any new idea? Start innovating Apple or your pride gonna kill you.

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