When can the iPhone become as thin as the iPod touch?

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  1. saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    The iPod touch form factor would be amazing on the iPhone. How far away are we technologically for this to come true? I bet battery technology is the one thing that is holding back devices from getting even thinner. Any other thoughts/opinions?
     
  2. johnjefferson macrumors regular

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    The battery life on the new iPod touch is quite good but its also not running on LTE and it doesn't have a cellular radio. Both of those take up some room. Even halfway between the iPhone 5 and iPod touch would be great.
     
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I might be an exception, but I don't understand the craze with making things thinner. When do you say enough is enough? I think it's fine.
     
  4. 617aircav Suspended

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    How thin can a phone be when it becomes uncomfortable to hold.
     
  5. ipaclansite macrumors member

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    When it becomes thin enough to bend, thats when its too thin.
     
  6. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    As someone who has a iPod touch, I find it pretty uncomfortable to hold for a long period of time. Because it is so thin, the edges are quite sharp. I just don't know if I would want my phone that I use all the time that thin. Once it is that thin, there is no way it can be made comfortable to hold.
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. I'm quite happy with the thickness of my iPhone 4S. I doesn't need to be any thinner.
     
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    I also really like the thickness of the IP5. I wouldn't make it any thinner.
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    I second this. In fact, I say make it as thick as the 4/s and give us more battery.
     
  11. EmbraceTheOne macrumors 6502a

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    Thinner iPhone = less battery life
    No thanks!
     
  12. Luuthian macrumors member

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    I agree. The iP5 is about the perfectly level of thickness in a phone. I wouldn't want it be iPod sized. Too uncomfortable for using frequently.
     
  13. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    It will never happen as long as the iPhone is a phone. It needs more space for more parts, so it will never be exactly as thin as an iPod touch of the same generation.
     
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  15. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    I could get that thin with a 4.5 or 5" screen.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    There's a point of diminishing returns, where its too thin. I'd rather see Apple look to add features, improve performance, then just make it thinner.
     
  17. g0odfr1end102 macrumors 6502

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    I find the new iPod Touch very nice to look at. But IMHO, I find it very uncomfortable to hold–mostly because of its thinness. Honestly, I'm at the point where I don't want the iPhone to be thinner than the 5 :p
     
  18. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    When it snaps in half as easily as a Lays potato chip :D
     
  19. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Thin seems to be the "thing" these days. Personally, I think these phones are thin enough and honestly you cannot tell the difference between .001 whatever after a week of using any phone.

    I'm more focused on OS, screen size/quality and call quality.
     
  20. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Around the time you remove all the components that make it a phone.
     
  21. bozzykid macrumors 68020

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    Considering how much phone components have decreased in size, it is not inconceivable that you could make a phone as thin as the touch in a few years. So sure, maybe they can't make it as thin as a current generation touch, but they could make it that thin eventually. However, I don't see that happening.
     
  22. Jordan921 macrumors 68040

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    I don't think the iPhone should get any thinner.
     
  23. mattdo93 macrumors 6502

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    I think that's what we said for the iPhone 4/4s, but Apple still managed to do it. But yea, I agree, the iPhone 5 seems perfect right now.
     
  24. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Am surprise the big screen people haven't jumped in here and go, you %#^%* kidding me, we want to go bigger, not smaller still!

    The chauvinist in me says a Touch phone will look good for the female, but surprisingly am finding women around me are the ones getting the huge Sammy phones... go figure.
     
  25. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    That was my point. If Apple is really engineering to make both devices as thin as possible, I don't see a way in physics to cram cellular, GPS, etc. into the same casing as an iPod touch, especially if you need a larger battery to get the same 8-10 hours from an iPhone.

    But yep, pick a generation of iPod touch and Apple could probably hit that mark in a few years. Go find an original iPod touch and I'm guessing the iPhone 5 is probably pretty close. If fact, I just looked up both numbers. The original iPod touch was 0.31" thick. The iPhone 5 is 0.30" thick. But the current-gen iPod touch is 0.26".
     

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