Next iPhone to Feature “New, Sleek Look” With 4-Inch Display And Unibody Case?

Hot on the heels of news that Apple is testing the next generation iPhone with a variant of A5X system-on-chip and 1GB RAM in iPhone 4S/iPhone 4 casing, Brian White – an analyst at Topeka Capital Markets has released a research based on his trip to Asia, which provides some more interesting details.

He claims that chatter among suppliers seems to suggest that iPhone 5 will come with a 4-inch screen and feature a “new sleek look”.

Brian White had this to say in the research note (via MacRumors):

In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a Unibody case. This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade to the iPhone 5, while we believe the addition of 4G will also attract buyers of the new device.

According to White, suppliers are expected to ramp up production of components in June, ahead of the launch in August-September.

MacRumors also brings us some more highlights from White’s research report:

– Display issues have caused a bit of a bottleneck on supplies of the new iPad, but the shortages seem to be easing. Any small constraints on March quarter sales numbers would be compensated for by a boost to June quarter sales.

– Suppliers suggest that a smaller “iPad mini” is still in the works, but launch timing remains unknown.

– While the new iPad is not yet officially available in China, some resellers are already carrying the device. Speculation is pointing to a potential May release for the new iPad in China, although evidence for that timeframe beyond a recent regulatory approval appears scant.      

While we’ve heard several rumors of a 4-inch iPhone and there seems to be quite a lot of interest for a larger screen, it remains to be seen how Apple plans to handle the resolution of the screen with a larger 4-inch screen. Will it add to the fragmentation by adding a new screen resolution or keep the same resolution, but reduce the density of pixels of the Retina Display from 326 pixels per inch to 285 pixels per inch?

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  • mkimid

    4″ ? I do not think so

    • key

      that’s what your girlfriend thought, to her surprise, she was over by a couple of inches…

      • Ilikestr8guys;)


      • mkimid

        You can ask to your girlfriend

      • John

        Lol….just what i needed to put a smile on my face after a hard days work 😉

  • AC

    Hope it will be available for T-Mobile as well…. I’ll go back to Iphone then… got tired of the unlock problems and got myself a Galaxy S2

    • Trapp

      Hahaha Ecen with 5 inch iphone 4 is my last apple device anytime soon Next stop Galaxy Tab 7.7 oled, come to daddy! Screw retina! We want black blacks! (no racist pun intended)

    • Trapp

      Btw once u try droid its sooo f hard to go back! Ugh! Even jailbreaking hardly helps 🙁

      • shuhratm

        agree. iOS feels soo boring after android. after switch from 4 to g-note for a month i decided to switch back to 4. cuz it works. less time wasted.

  • ANJ9686

    They need to make the screen bigger and put A6 chip in it and put few extra features such as 3D camera, hologram phone, hopefully better Bluetooth and battery life and also allow sending pictures, videos to another iOS device or different phone like most phone do.

    • Pandaa xo

      You do know u can send pictures and video to another device right ? >.>.

      Holograms? Just sign up for next Star Trek film casting.

      I don’t think people understand what they are asking for Ina PHONE!. It isn’t a car called Knight Rider……

    • Pandaa

      You do know u can send pictures and video to another device right ? >.>.

      Holograms? Just sign up for next Star Trek film casting.

    • Pandaa xo

      I don’t think people understand what they are asking for Ina PHONE!. It isn’t a car called Knight Rider……

    • Trapp

      U mean new bluetooth 4.0 iin ip 4s is already old for You, hmmmm do u have any devices compatible with it? No? Beam yourself somewhere else

  • Rumour Mill

    I think you mean a car called K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand) as it was the TV show that was called Knight Rider not the car.
    But hey all your other points seem equally accurate.

  • Yuse

    Edge to edge display with more physical hardware on all sides would be fantastic

  • KimiRules

    I apologize if Apple actually calls it that but it makes no sense to call the 6th generation iPhone “iPhone 5.”

  • I doubt it will be anything close to this.

  • Tony

    I am so ready for the new iPhone 5 so I can ditch Android and this crappy Droid Charge.

  • Jim

    Who needs a sleeker iPhone? What we need is longer battery life. A sleeker phone will only serve to reduce what little life our iPhone 4’s have. You have to have something to hold on to.