Citing research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the same guy who told us that with the new 2012 MacBook Pro range will bring with it the 17 inch model being discontinued, he believes that to keep ahead of the competition and keep the ever growing buzz, the next iPhone could be up to 1.4mm thinner.
Since Apple’s smartphone competitors have generally slimmed down their high-end offerings to 7-8mm, Apple needs to make a leap forward from 4S’ 9.3mm thickness. We believe Apple will aim at 8mm or below (at least 1.4mm slimmer) for iPhone 5, in a bid to ensure brisk sales through 2014, while peers will also continue to introduce increasingly slim models next year.As such, all iPhone 4S components that account for thickness must be slimmer, specifically, touch panel, battery and casing. Moreover, a marginal amount of space is required between the three parts for the sakes of assembly tolerance and thermal expansion of components.
It is believed that they will accomplish this size reduction with two main ways. The first is with an all new In-Cell Touch Technology that we heard about earlier in the week, an advance in LCD technology that allows screens to be produced as an all in one unit, eliminating the numerous layers needed for every touch screen panel found in current smartphones. The second way is by reducing the battery size. Digitimes reported that the next iPhone 5 will adopt a new battery that is wider but thinner, allowing the device to be thinner as a whole and the extra thickness could be gained from the larger screen size in the new device.
As for the rest of the design, latest rumours are indicating the 2012 iPhone will feature an all new uni-body style desing much like the iPad, and constructed from aluminium or possibly state of the art liquid metal.