It’s been a few days since we’ve talked iPhone 5, and now we’ve got KGI Research analyst, Mingchi Kuo, serving freshly squeezed rumour juice - complete with diagrams. Lovely.
The meat of Kuo’s research note suggests that the iPhone 5 will have a 4.08in display, with the same width as the iPhone 4S.
To date, all iPhones and iPod touches have rocked 3.5in displays. The iPhone 4 and 4S have resolutions of 960 x 640. Kuo expects the iPhone 5 to stretch up the way, ditching the current 4:3 aspect ratio and finding a new home in 16:9. A resolution of 1,136 x 640 would keep things in the realm of Retina.
Apple is reportedly keen to keep things one-handed, too, scoffing at the recent slew of difficult-to-hold Android-based monsters. The stretched iPhone 5 would also bring the speaker and receiver closer to users’ ears and mouths. Interesting.
Existing apps would be fully compatible with the proposed 4.08in iPhone 5. Where developers don’t specifically update their wares, we’ll simply see the app flanked by black borders.
While a longer iPhone could potentially house a larger battery, Kuo reckons we should expect a battery around 1,400mAh yet again, and – you guessed it – a slimmer iPhone than the 4S. Sigh.
Apple Insider says Kuo is “known for having sources deep within Apple's supply chain”, so we suggest just a sprinkle of salt.