With the Samsung Galaxy S III finally being unveiled just last month everybody is now looking forward to the release of the next big thing – Apple’s sixth generation iPhone. The release is still quite some time off but until then we have rumors, speculations and reports to keep us fueled. The latest is from KGI analyst Mingchi Kuo, known for having reliable sources part of Apple’s supply chain.
According to this analyst, Apple is expected to launch an iPhone quite different from its predecessors; taller, slimmer and hosting a front-facing camera capable of HD resolution.
According to a research note obtained, Kuo wrote, “We expect iPhone 5 to feature a 4.08-inch in-cell IPS panel screen with a display resolution of 1,136 x 640 and 500-nit brightness.” This means that Apple will switch from the 3.5 inch screen with a 4:3 display that we have grown accustomed to, to a slightly bigger 4 inch 16:9 screen. The 4 inch size will be Apple maintaining that a screen size easy to operate with one hand is needed, and hence screen sizes above 4.3 inches will be disregarded. There is also the argument that larger screen sizes require a ‘visibly larger’ battery capacity – something the fruit company wouldn’t want with everybody expecting a device even slimmer than the iPhone 4S. The 4 inch screen will embody a compromise on Apple’s part between easy single-handed use, battery life, backwards compatibility with existing iPhone apps and an overall improved user experience.
The screen is expected to be lengthened but not widened. This will be done not only to keep the battery capacity similar to what it is currently but also to save on app redevelopment costs, provide more viewing space and to bring the speaker and receiver close to the user’s respective mouths and ears.
Among the adjustments made to, what we can only assume will be called the, iPhone 5, an improved frontal camera is also included. While the rear camera on the iPhone has gone from strength to strength and can now shoot 8 MP the camera at the front has remained pretty basic. Although it is perfect for FaceTime and such, the need for HD is there. And according to this analyst, the iPhone 5 will finally host an HD-compliant front camera now. Alongside, Apple may include a flip-chip (FC) solution for this improved camera.
The rear camera is likely to remain unchanged at 8 MP but will be thinner than ever before, probably posing a challenge for the design team over at the fruit company.
As reported previously, the iPhone 5 will likely be launched in fall this year, giving the iPhone 4S almost a year to get off of shelves.
Other statements from the analyst, some old, claim that the iPhone 5 will measure in at around 7.9 mm only (the iPhone 4S is 9.3 mm thick) and 65-70 million units will be sold. Other rumors expect the device to have LTE technology or aluminum back. Stay tuned for more!