New iPhone will be 7.9 millimeters thin, to sport an HD front camera, report suggests

New iPhone will be 7.9 millimeters thin, to sport an HD front camera, report suggests
Boy those iPhone rumors just keep on coming! Besides that upgraded, 4-inch Retina Display, the next iPhone model will supposedly come with an HD front-facing camera. Word comes from Mingchi Kuo – an analyst for KGI, who gave away the intelligence in a note to investors. As long as his prediction turns out to be correct, those FaceTime video chats will surely look better in 720p, don't you think? In comparison, the front-facing shooter currently used in the iPhone 4S is limited to VGA resolution. Another change that we will likely see is that the front camera will be located in the middle, kind of the way it is positioned on the current-gen iPod touch.

The main camera, on the other hand, will reportedly remain pretty similar in terms of megapixel count and performance, with only the aperture size expected to be increased from f/2.4 to f/2.2. There will be one difference, however, that Apple component suppliers will have a hard time dealing with, namely that the module will be physically smaller. Shrinking down the module would be a must as otherwise it won't be able to fit inside the next iPhone. According to the report, the device is going to be just 7.9 millimeters thin

Whether all these predictions are on the right track or not will likely be known later this year. If everything goes as planned, the new iPhone will probably be unveiled this fall.

source: Mingchi Kuo, KGI (PDF in Chinese) via AppleInsider



1. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

COME ON, we are around 3-4 months away from the release of the new iPhone, stop this crap, we don't want to hear what everyone in this world think the new iPhone will have

2. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

when these kinda discussions can be done regarding nxt galaxy then why not iPhone ? P.S - i'm neither a fan of apple nor samsung

27. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Well...because that's what everyone wants to hear. I mean, take a look at PhoneArena's page on any given day. The biggest topics tend to be Apple related. Now, that may be negative comments, but it makes people keep coming back to the site and commenting...which drives up traffic. Although it seems a majority of PA users love Android, they don't talk about it as much as they do Apple or the iPhone. I'd say if you want more Android news and rumors, ignore the iPhone, whether it's good or bad, and give PA a reasons to include more news on the subject. Otherwise, by commenting or clicking on an Apple story, you're telling them, "You're more likely to get me to keep coming back to this site and posting if you talk about Apple." Same goes for negative stories on the news...

16. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I have been mining gossip on WP8 for a year now. No harm on a mobile site getting the leaks on the iPhone.....

3. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

The next iPhone will come with double rainbows. Suddenly and magically EVERYONE will finally know what that means, including Charlie the unicorn, the Smurfs, and the Rainbow Bright/Care Bears dance crew .

4. raymond71

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Who cares if the new iPhone will have a octocore doesnt even have a proper multitasking

6. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

I bet dual core cortex A9 800 or 1ghz and killing graphic card samsung 32nm then with ipad 4 apple go with cortex A15 dual

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31763; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And yet it still is the most popular phone in the world


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

not, it's the most popular amongst the herd.. and the herd size is dwindling each year as more and more people want choice, not wait around each year to be disappointed in what features they decided to steal from android didn't make the cut

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well you're a hater who named yourself after Apple so you're part of the herd

25. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Dude. Apple sold 66 million iphones in the past 6 months. The herd is like Octomom.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I am wonder which analyst will break the news that iOS 6 will have true multi-tasking? WWDC is just around the corner, and it is quite likely that iOS 6 will be introduced.

7. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

After last year's disappointing annoucement on the 4s, i am ready for anything this year.

11. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

C'mon please put in a 12MP camera at the very least!!

12. applejack8645

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

at least a ten

14. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Its a phone. If you want a ga-zillion pixels, get a DSLR or the like. These have MUCH larger sensors and lenses. 8MP is plenty.

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Why do people keep thinking higher megapixels means better pictures? It doesn't. You could have a 20 MP camera, but if it has a bad lens or bad optic software, it's gonna suck.

8. elite monkey

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

pretty sure the gs2 could take 720p with a front camera LAST YEAR!

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Think Apple is already a bit late. SONY phone you have 720P HD front camera GS III you can get a 2MP front camera.

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Wow so if two phones have HD cameras in the front out the hundreds of phones available, then Apple is a bit late?

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

In fandroid world yes. If Apple is leading in a feature then it's stupid and a gimmick (Siri). If Apple is 2nd they're out of date and junk. There's literally nothing Apple could do to make them happy.

24. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

They could all die and go to hell, that would make me happy :)

13. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Do people acutally use Facetime? I hardly want to actually talk to a person on the phone yet alone look at them while I do it.

15. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

If these specs are true, the rear camera does have a lower f-stop than the 4S. This should translate into more light and hence a better picture and better low light pictures too. Potentially faster also.

17. navaf

Posts: 11; Member since: May 19, 2012

I'm a Iphone user, true to sentiments of most comments here, iOS dose lack some of the features android now have, the hardware maybe good and beautiful, if the software can't keep up I'm afraid iPhone would slowly loose market. Apple would be please add more features, we it's the uber geek community who would promote the Phone and we need something new.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Truthfully, even the most ardent anti-Apple posters will admit the iPhone's camera has always been a strength. Screen size and the OS improvements are what I am curious about. That small screen kept me from ever truly considering the iPhone (personal preference, gang, no offense intended to those who love their small device), so a 4" screen would be a huge improvement (pun completely intended). The best description of iOS I have ever heard was as a very well oiled app launcher. Basically, you download what makes it your phone, and it truly doesn't have a ton of character in of itself. I am truly interested to see what iOS 6 will bring to the mobile world. I am not sure Apple can stand pat forever. Siri saved the 4S. I think they need more this time around to compete at the top of the heap.

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

If Apple follows its pattern then this year they'll do a big upgrade. iPhone's camera wasn't very good until the 4 actually. I disagree on the character. iPhone has a lot of character and uniqueness. In a way the personality of its creators comes through. What it lacks is the customization of android. I think android lacks character and uniqueness due to there being so many android phones so often.

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I agree, the iPhone is unique in its own way. And yes, Android phones aren't because of the mass quantities of them. Though manufacturers are getting better, HTC is only releasing the One series, all of the devices they are releasing are based off of those 3 phones. All the manufacturers should be going towards that, only releasing 3-5 devices a year. Because even though the masses of devices are a problem, it's also sort of the goal of Android, to have options that suit your needs. However, it's going a bit too far.

30. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I like what you said about the character and uniqueness but have a different view. I think the iPhone has the same character and uniqueness that exists without external input at all from the user. Android phones lack the standard form of character and uniqueness that the iPhone has because its created to allow the user to formulate its own character and uniqueness. Only in Android could someone run an HTC Thunderbolt on a rooted OS with a windows phone interface. I think Android phones are more like people as it represents what little things that makes all of us different through everything from what we do to wear. Same in smartphones.

29. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Its a natural evolution for the device. HD camera is needed these days for great facetime especially with 4G LTE added into the mix. Great pictures is always a must and even the thin nature of it is in line with what they usually do. Raise your hand if your surprised by any of this?

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