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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