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Apple Preparing 'Thinner and Lighter' iPhone for Third Quarter Launch

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is indeed preparing a new iPhone for a launch during the third quarter of this year, with an initial production target of 25 million units through the end of the year.
"Apple's sales estimates of the new iPhone is quite aggressive. It told us to prepare to help the company meet its goal of 25 million units by the end of the year," said another person at one of Apple's suppliers. "The initial production volume will be a few million units... we were told to ship the components to assembler Hon Hai in August."
Countering claims that the next-generation iPhone will be nearly identical in appearance to the iPhone 4, the Journal's sources indicate that the new device will be "thinner and lighter" and that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn/Hon Hai is having difficulties with yield rate on the new device due to it being "complicated and difficult to assemble."
Two of the people, however, cautioned that shipments of the new iPhone could be delayed if Hon Hai can't improve its yield rate as the new iPhone is "complicated and difficult to assemble."
Reports over the past few months have been pointing to a September release for the next-generation iPhone, which has been said to carry Apple's A5 processor found in the iPad 2, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a baseband chip from Qualcomm to support both GSM and CDMA networks.

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36 months ago
Surely they can't make it much thinner, I'd rather it was the same thickness and fill the extra space with a little more battery !
Rating: 24 Positives
36 months ago
I wonder how much thinner Apple will be able to make these things.
Rating: 15 Positives
36 months ago
It's going to start being a pain to hold if it gets any thinner. I hate how thin the iPod touch is. It looks cool, but not that functional.
Rating: 12 Positives
36 months ago
I'm in agreenment that the Iphone 4 is thin enuff. Id take a lil bigger battery over shaving off a few mm's of the thickness of the phone.
I love this mockup. It looks much more comforable to hold:



Rating: 9 Positives
36 months ago
I love the dueling rumors: no major revisions, thinner & lighter, no iPhone, A5 with better camera, etc. I'm pretty sure they are all guessing and talking crap, like us.
Rating: 9 Positives
36 months ago

I wonder how much thinner Apple will be able to make these things.


They are thinking of all the women asking:

Does this make me look fat?
Rating: 8 Positives
36 months ago

I wonder how much thinner Apple will be able to make these things.


the iPhone 4 is fat compared to the latest smartphones
Rating: 7 Positives
36 months ago
Gimme, gimme, gimme!

Hopefully they will make enough to include Canada with the US, UK and other countries in the first release this time. The wait last year almost killed me.
Rating: 7 Positives
36 months ago
OK, I hope that "more complicated, hard for us to assemble" doesn't mean that the return rate due to faulty phones will be higher. That certainly doesn't feel like a far fetched problem stemming from these news, and a bit worrying.

Ever since the phone reception issues with the iPhone 4 design, Apple's ferocious hunt for the ultimate design has become a bit worrisome to me. They need to reinforce their reputation for quality, not add new fuel to the QA worries.

Well... Only future will tell. I hope they'll be a hit, and that they will continue surviving the occasional drops to the ground without breaking at the very first incident. Yes, cases exist, but they should not be necessary for daily use if you can live with some scratches. I have dropped my 3GS twice while case-less in the past two years with no issues. Let's hope it stays that way.
Rating: 7 Positives
36 months ago

It's going to start being a pain to hold if it gets any thinner. I hate how thin the iPod touch is. It looks cool, but not that functional.


I'm actually kind of surprised they didn't throw in "oh, and it will be rounded and look like the iPod touch" like they do every year. Come on, rumour-mongers, you're dropping the ball!

the iPhone 4 is fat compared to the latest smartphones


Huh? The iPhone is 9.3mm, so I'm guessing you're talking about the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, which is 8.7mm in the middle and 10mm at the edges? Or maybe the Samsung Galaxy S II, which is 8.49mm and bulges to 9.3mm at the bottom? And this is with phones that are already far wider and taller than the iPhone due to the >4" screens? And they're made of thin plastic and not glass? And it's over a year after the iPhone came out and these phones haven't even fully launched yet?

Apple's engineering is mind-blowing no matter how you cut it.
Rating: 6 Positives

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