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  • Analyst: Apple Prepping New iPhone Line With Varying Screen Sizes



    Dating back to the iPhone's 2007 release, there has been both talk and strong urging on the part of some Apple fans for the Cupertino tech giant to introduce a line of so-called "iPhone nano" devices - iPhones that are mostly smaller, and possibly with screens of differing sizes within the product line.

    Fast forward three years and all we have several different iPhone models that - while differing in attributes and functionalities provided - are still largely the same product by design. This morning, however, the well known and credible Kaufman Bros. analyst, Shaw Wu, revealed that his sources at Apple's overseas parts suppliers indicate that Apple is now putting the wheels in motion on a new iPhone product line that will, in fact, offer a range of screen size options to consumers, possibly as early as next year.

    "Our sources believe these likely represent new high-end and low-end iPhone models to complement its current iPhone 4," Wu admitted. "One possibility we are picking up is a 'mini' or 'nano' iPhone with a smaller candybar form factor leveraging technology in its new mini touchscreen iPod nano."

    This revelation is getting more attention than another prognostication that came with it - the rumored forthcoming products will be available on carriers other than just AT&T. For now, it doesn't appear that there is nearly as much solid evidence to back up that second claim. But, over time, suppliers have provided analysts like Wu with very credible tips that ultimately manifested in new products like the iPad and iPhone 4.

    Kaufman Bros.
    Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Analyst: Apple Prepping New iPhone Line With Varying Screen Sizes started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Yea, im agreeing with everyone else, i could see a size variance for the ipad ,maybe, but the iPhones screen i think is right at the right size. I could say ive only ever heard of it being to small, never heard anyone say that i wish i had a smaller screen, probably defeat the purpose of the iphone
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Awesome! I was just thinking I'd like a less featureful iPhone. I think it would be awesome if they could give me a 2 inch screen, remove the cameras, put in a much smaller battery, and increase the bezel size. Oh yeah, and while you're at it, could you please remove multitouch!
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      Dude sounds like you looking for a calculator?
    1. Johnboy00's Avatar
      Johnboy00 -
      Any smaller and you couldn't really type on it. Think additional model with larger screen to match Droids, but same res as iPhone 4. It would still have higher ppi than Droids.
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      Wow this sucks, so then there will be an iphone an iphone without the phone, a bigger iphone with no phone, a tiny iphone with no phone, and a tiny iphone.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      This wouldn't be that bad if they came out with an even bigger iPhone form factor


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    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      What a waste, that would be pointless
      I don't think it would be anymore pointless than having multiple models made by Nokia, Motorola, Blackberry, Droid, etc. Why should Apple limit themselves to just one model?

      There may be lots of people who would be interested in an Apple phone, but don't want all the bells and whistles that come on the current model. Perhaps if Apple created a smaller, watered down version they could tap into a completely different market...especially if the smaller models are available on other networks.

      I personally think Apple should just stick to the current iPhone since they know it's a huge success...but I wouldn't call any other models "pointless"
    1. A_SWELLGUY's Avatar
      A_SWELLGUY -
      I don't believe the hype...if anything they should make the iPhone bigger to compete with the "X" or the EVO. The "hen house" strikes again.
    1. LivingRightlie173's Avatar
      LivingRightlie173 -
      Should apple stop trying to "improve" their line of iPhones??(yes)
      They think they are improving but they just make worse on some products, starts with the OVER SIZED itouch(iPad)... Dropped calls on iphone4... Crashing it4... Nano6g WTH
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      This might have made sense a few years ago when phones varied a lot in sizes. If you look at them now they're all relatively the same size, because Apple has forced everyone to go the smart phone direction.

      Yes there are a couple phones like the EVO with abnormally large screens that you practically have to haul around in a suitcase because they don't even come close to fitting in a pocket.

      I don't know if Apple will go this direction since there have been rumors for so long, I hope not.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      And how will Apple cash in on an increased screen size?.........By overcharging of course. $299 for a 32gb 3.5" screen and probably an extra $100 for a mere 1/2" bigger screen that will probably cost them 50 cents extra to manufacture.

      Got Profit? Apple does! And they enjoy it!
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottjl View Post
      analysts are in the business of getting articles published and noticed. i doubt there is any truth to this at all..

      i "predict" we will have ipads in various shapes sizes and colors in the next 10 years. yawn.
      One of the ways they do that is by having a consistent track record. You'd be silly to ignore it.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I hope they don't change the screen size. I like it how it is. And if apple added a half a inch in screen size they would add $200 to the cost of the phone.
    1. Carter454's Avatar
      Carter454 -
      People. To add a retina display on even another 1/2 inch would cost a lot of money. Not 50 cents as somebody above said. And why are people riping the iPad? I don't like it but I know many people who use it for much more then an oversized iPod touch. For business it's great.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      I think it's fine the way it is!
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carter454 View Post
      People. To add a retina display on even another 1/2 inch would cost a lot of money. Not 50 cents as somebody above said. And why are people riping the iPad? I don't like it but I know many people who use it for much more then an oversized iPod touch. For business it's great.
      I agree people should stip b*tching about the iPad.
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      The ones who trash talk the iPad are those who don't own one. I have an iPad and I use it constantly. Who the hell wants to watch movies, surf the net, type papers, etc on an iPhone or iTouch when you have an iPad with which you have much more space to work on? It's not an oversized iPod Touch, and if it were then why are other companies trying to compete with it with making tablets if the iPad is worthless?

      Step ya game up and maybe you can afford one, until then quit bitchin about something you don't have. Doesn't make much sense.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      Apple is ganna BLOW our minds with the next iPhone, doesn't matter if it's bigger or smaller..like common. It's apple we're talking about
    1. LivingRightlie173's Avatar
      LivingRightlie173 -
      Haha maybe Its not that I can't afford one, did you ever think that I just don't want one?!!? Just wait for next September when the new pad2 comes out... You will feel stupid that you bought 1st one. That the reason Im complaining bout apples products... Because they put 1-2 better features on their next item wich should have came with the original
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LivingRightlie173 View Post
      Haha maybe Its not that I can't afford one, did you ever think that I just don't want one?!!? Just wait for next September when the new pad2 comes out... You will feel stupid that you bought 1st one. That the reason Im complaining bout apples products... Because they put 1-2 better features on their next item wich should have came with the original
      But the other thing is Apple products have a high resale value. When the new iPad is announced I will start to sell mine or wait till a little before the new one to get it. I don't lose much or sometimes I break even. A lot of users do this same exact thing.