Apple Likely to Slim Down iPhone and iPad with Thinner and Lighter Backlights

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    As Apple continues its quest to make its iOS devices thinner and lighter, the company will take advantage of advancements in LED backlighting technology to shift to thinner components for the iPhone 6 and upcoming iPad models, according to a report from LEDinside, a division of research firm TrendForce.

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    The report notes that a thinner design will see Apple shifting from 0.6 mm thick side-view LED backlights to 0.4 mm thick modules, but also questionably claims that the iPhone 6 will arrive in June. The iPhone 6 is generally expected to arrive in the same September-October timeframe seen in recent years.
    Apple has been rumored to be increasing display size for the iPhone 6, and while LEDinside's report only mentions a 4.7-inch model, a number of other claims have included an even larger model at 5.5-5.7 inches. Larger displays will undoubtedly lead to larger device bodies, but that extra height and width could give Apple more room to spread out components and reduce device thickness from the current 7.6 mm of the iPhone 5s, and thinner backlights could aid that goal in an industry where fractions of a millimeter count.

    LEDinside claims that similar changes are coming for the iPad, particularly with a rumored 12-inch model. According to the report, new iPads will see their backlights shift to 0.6 mm thick modules from the current 0.8 mm components.

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    I already think the iPhone is a bit too thin for comfort in my hand. But it's perfect with a case on it so I guess its the best of both worlds for those who like it thin, and those who like it thick. (There must be a euphemism in there somewhere.)
     
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    yes it counts. Don't make it thinner!!!

    Leave it so you can improve the camera and put in a bigger battery!!!!
    No need for even thinner devices
     
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    How light is too light? I like just a touch of heft myself. The weight of the 4s was my comfort zone.
     
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    I feel like a broken record for saying this, but I wish Apple would keep the thickness the same and use the extra space for a bigger battery.
     
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    Good! My number one complaint was always how thick the iPhone is! :rolleyes:

    Keep the same thick-ness and add a better camera or more battery. At some point its too thin.
     
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    If the rumors are true, the next iPhone will be a 4.7/5.5" sheet of paper.
     

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    Much Innovation. Such unbelievable. WOW

    Never saw this coming. Quite unexpected
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    Going back to June like the iPhone 4, etc. has made a lot of sense to me for a while now. There's too much money being left on the table and the market wants an iPhone with a larger screen NOW so the sooner the better.
     
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    there will be a point in which thinner and lighter combined with a larger and better screen can no longer be improved or appreciated
     
  11. lucky4udanny, Feb 12, 2014
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    That's thin

    0.6mm screen. I thought they meant for the whole device for a moment.
     
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    You have hit the nail on the head! Battery life is a primary characteristic that they could improve and and using the extra space for an increase in battery size is the way to go. Of course, if they have found another way to give great battery life without increasing the battery size and adding that extra weight, I'm all for thinner.
     
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    Can we just see some leaks already!?
     
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    I don't think the iPhone needs to be any thinner than current model. When it gets too thin and light then it just doesn't feel solid/comfortable in hand.
     
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    Even though I upgraded to the 5s at the end of 2013, I wouldn't be mad if they returned to a June release. Tired of waiting most of the year to see a release.
     
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    Macrumors states that the iPhone is generally expected to arrive this fall, but then follows that sentence with a quote that states that the iPhone is expected to be released in June 2014. Reads a little oddly!

    Reducing thickness is great, but I really don't need a thinner iPhone. If any components can be thinned, it'd be great to use that extra space for a marginally bigger battery. Smartphone battery life still leaves quite a bit to be desired for phones as thin as the iPhone. Give us the same or similar form factor with iPad-like battery life and I'll be a happy camper.
     
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    Wait wait wait, so the new iPhone and iPad are going to be lighter AND thinner?

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    How about making it thinner but adding some lead shot to it so if feels heavier in the hand? :D
     
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    Actually, when I see those dynamic newspapers in sic-fi movies (like Minority Report) I get really excited about the idea of a foldable, bendable sheet display with wifi.

    Maybe Apple will get us there incrementally ;)
     
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    Everything Apple makes is thin, slippery and easy to drop. You almost need a case for the iPad and iPhone and the MBA is slippery to, but at least it's a little bigger to get a better grip. Thin for the sake of being thin isn't so hot, IMO.
     
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    Yay thinner and lighter is always good.
     
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    Because the phone isn't already thin enough?
     
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    I love the tim and Eric gif.

    They will probably call it the iPhone air lol.
     
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    I think its more of a business strategy that they do a September release. In September, "back to school" madness happens, so some parents might buy their kids new iPhones for school or whatnot. And following September, you have big ass holidays like B Friday and Christmas (Hanukkah/among others...).

    opposed to a june release, more people will forget to buy for the Holidays... since its so far away. and apple will fall behind to whoever releases products very close to the Holiday season.

    But in reality, I want a june release! but I highly, highly doubt it. :apple:
     
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    Thin is sexy. That is public opinion. Public opinion sells
     

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