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

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)."

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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60 Comments

60. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Thin part i could give two craps about but if its true about the display being larger, i just may have to give apple a second go.

37. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This phone sounds just about perfect. 4" ( I wouldn't want anything bigger) LTE, thinner. If battery life is good I'm in! Btw 3.5 screen was considered huge when the first iPhone launched its only last year when android started pushing out the phablets. They had to do something to dofferentiate their phones since it wasn't going to be OS.

42. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Sure, and when Apple gives you 3.5inch, "I love it! The size is perfect!" or if they gave you 4.2, "This size is perfect!". Not you have any choice in the first place...3.5, 4 or 4.2, you're forced to love it, just cut the crap, sheep like you don't have opinions, you just eat up what Apple gives you. And bulls**t on " If battery life is good I'm in!", Even if it was the iPhone 4 in a new shell you'd still be in...

55. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

It pretty much will be the same iphone in a new shell as the los design and ui and pretty much stayed stagnant since the original iphone,just getting some minor tweak here and there,most making just little differences. Iphone outwards designs seem to be stuck on 2 years change cycles to try get the most from the same phone over a two year period by siimply adding an $ to the name. This new iphone might look at bit different casing wise but the menu ui and os will be the exact same design as day one

59. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

aww taco, you are such a cute little iphone fan. Of course 4" is perfect, considering whatever they announce you will love! They could of announced 4.7" and you would of said the same thing, even though that would contradict your cute little iphone loving self and your last statement on size If it was thicker, you would of said it's the 4g so it ok apple! The battery is actually a wittle worse but I understand apple, you tried your best i'm sure! lol to think that 1Phone,1Style that will cater to every single person in the world? no just the herd.. that is why that term exists. Because the herd just accepts whatever apple says with there 4 measly restrictive, boring products that get incremental yearly updates for premium prices.

19. jove39

Posts: 2153; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Apple finally grows a pair to increase screen size...good for iPhone users!

18. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Believe it when I see it.

15. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 280; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Im pretty sure DPI (dots per inch) is for printing not for screen resolution. PPI (pixels per inch) is the correct terminology to my knowledge.

13. grif_

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

I wonder if they'll do what they did with the latest Ipad and just call it iphone.

12. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

One of the most important factors to consider is the battery. With the RAZR MAXX blowing away its competitors with its 3300 mAh battery the next generation iPhone mustn't have anything lower in terms of battery. Let's hope it'll be announced in June.

11. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

The current iPhone 4S isn't the iPhone 5? I think the next iPhone is indeed the "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" "IPHONE 6" .............................

25. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The upcomming iPhone will not be called the "iPhone 5" nor the "IPHONE 6" Apple will make the same move as they did with the iPad. The upcomming iPhone (and ones after) will be know as iPhone. To distinguish the models you can say iPhone (2012) or iPhone (6th gen) So basically, you are wrong.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

no, it will be called iPhone 4GS - innovating again....with MMS and cut and paste...and now a 4" screen and 4G LTE radio....wow....

34. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol the number 4 actually makes sense: -4G -4" screen ...so on

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You mad?

52. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I agree with the panda!

7. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

All I can say is "wow"! Did the Jefferies researchers also find out if it will have the capability to make a call?

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

were these right with the 4S?

2. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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?

5. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

40. KEVlN

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 19, 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.)

41. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you should try and see how the acelerometer (if you haven't) gestures work out (under settings I think), you just need to place two fingers on the screen and move your phone up or down to zoom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxCW7U2m8dk

24. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Pinch to zoom with one hand? How many fingers have you got dude?

31. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Put the phone down, use two fingers to pinch zoom. Tada!

32. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

It's actually really easy. Three fingers on the back of the phone, thumb positioned on the phone and it doesn't move, take your index finger and slide up down, back forth whatever. Pretty simple.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

it was not operation but rather reach if I'm not mistaken, and it varies with the hand, for example I don't have an issue with a droid charge I'm planing with https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6n2bc1bxyywtm7d/3y5mBe4Jsi#/ my hands may not be average tho

22. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

A rough guess, 1440x960 .

27. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

That would make it the same aspect ratio. I think the goal would be to make the screen taller, and maybe a tad wider. I was thinking around the 1500*800 range, as that would increase the ppi by 25% and make the screen 25% taller. Seem reasonable?

50. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

It does seem sorta resonable but why would they upgrade the ppi? It's already so dense you can't see a pixel. The only reason they would upgrade the ppi is for advertising's sake or for sake of cool numbers. No need for more ppi. The resolution will go up if the screen is bigger, but I doubt the ppi will. No need

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