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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.

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    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. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      Apple is ganna BLOW
      But don't they already?
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I want a 9.7 inch iPhone that doesn't have phone capabilities. I really hope this comes out soon >_
    1. SnR's Avatar
      SnR -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Stop it!
      +1. Whats the point, a smaller screen size would defeat the purpose of the iPhone.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      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
      Boy are you going to feel stupider when I get the newer pad3.
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      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.
      Oh really? Because as it stands the 3.5" LTPS LCD Retina Display used on the iP4 carries a manufacturing cost of a whopping $28.50 for Apple. The capacitive "reinforced" glass is another $10.00.

      Exactly how much more expensive could it possibly be? An increase of screen size by a little more than 14%. Factor that into the manufacturing cost and it's about a $5.50 increase in total manufacturing cost for the display and glass. More than my undercut $.50 obviously.....but still not "a lot of money".
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -


      Go away troll!
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      I'd love a wee bit of a bigger screen maybe they'll make a bigger one and the current size will be the standard.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      What about the possibility of different sized iPads?


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    1. weazle23's Avatar
      weazle23 -
      I just heard a news article on the radio saying apple is producing verizon iphones to start selling early next year. Wheres messany he's probably going to jizz in his pants if its true. Probably just another rumor like most of his posts.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      If it's factual now, then you wont see mess any right about it. He is a strictly rumor based reporter. The best kind!
    1. Sarah Hastings's Avatar
      Sarah Hastings -
      It is very inappropriate to have so many rumours around and it is getting really difficult to decide what to believe and what not to about iTechnology. I wish the media could be a little more sensible and responsible towards society by spreading authentic reports only.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Oh really? Because as it stands the 3.5" LTPS LCD Retina Display used on the iP4 carries a manufacturing cost of a whopping $28.50 for Apple. The capacitive "reinforced" glass is another $10.00.

      Exactly how much more expensive could it possibly be? An increase of screen size by a little more than 14%. Factor that into the manufacturing cost and it's about a $5.50 increase in total manufacturing cost for the display and glass. More than my undercut $.50 obviously.....but still not "a lot of money".
      While I don't think it will cost nearly as much as implied, LCD costs increase exponentially with size due to having higher dead pixel counts and many more rejects. Then again, it's said that these would actually have the same resolution, so I don't think it applies so much.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sarah Hastings View Post
      It is very inappropriate to have so many rumours around and it is getting really difficult to decide what to believe and what not to about iTechnology. I wish the media could be a little more sensible and responsible towards society by spreading authentic reports only.
      You and me both, but you know what they say, hope in one hand and $#!@ in the other & see which one gets filled first.
    1. volvik's Avatar
      volvik -
      As much as some people like the current size of the iPhone4 do u really not think that in a few years the iPhone will not be the size of an elongated credit card with an organic screen?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      ^^ If by "a few years" you mean < 5, then no. Probably not even in the next 10. Batteries will always hold portable electronics back way behind where they should be.