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

1. grif_

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

why does it need to be thinner?

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

14. ian132

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 20, 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.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

20. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

sorry I did not understood the sarcasm

56. ian132

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 20, 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

58. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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.....

28. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 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.

33. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

47. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

6. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

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

8. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

21. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

35. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

He's a fandroid

38. jhan410

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

39. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

44. jhan410

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

45. jhan410

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 04, 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

49. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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

51. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

48. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

43. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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

46. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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.

57. one81

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

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

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.)

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