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

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by saintforlife, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    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

    Feb 23, 2013
    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


    Jul 6, 2009
    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

    Jul 2, 2012
    How thin can a phone be when it becomes uncomfortable to hold.
  5. ipaclansite macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    When it becomes thin enough to bend, thats when its too thin.
  6. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    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


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I'm quite happy with the thickness of my iPhone 4S. I doesn't need to be any thinner.
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
  9. Izaiah macrumors regular


    Apr 12, 2013
    I also really like the thickness of the IP5. I wouldn't make it any thinner.
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I second this. In fact, I say make it as thick as the 4/s and give us more battery.
  11. EmbraceTheOne macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2011
    Thinner iPhone = less battery life
    No thanks!
  12. Luuthian macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2013
    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

    Feb 4, 2008
    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.
  14. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
  15. osofast240sx macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    I could get that thin with a 4.5 or 5" screen.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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


    Dec 5, 2010
    Montreal, Canada
    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

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    When it snaps in half as easily as a Lays potato chip :D
  19. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    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


    Jun 30, 2008
    Around the time you remove all the components that make it a phone.
  21. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    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


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I don't think the iPhone should get any thinner.
  23. mattdo93 macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2010
    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

    Aug 27, 2012
    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

    Feb 4, 2008
    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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