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

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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25 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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

9. stealthd unregistered

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?

10. andrejx

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 28, 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?

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 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

25. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

26. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

2. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Getting me excited day by day!

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Apple these articles excite me all the time.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Lighter frame - titanium, anyone?

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Doubtful. Titanium is too expensive.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

24. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

A difference that will never be felt by human hands.

6. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

12. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Better 64-bit processing.

21. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

7. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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"??!

14. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

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

16. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

23. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

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