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Fall iPhone Refresh Could Be “Bigger Than Expected”

The fifth-generation iPhone that will debut this October could be a more significant upgrade than previously thought.

While early speculation suggested the device would be more a refinement of the iPhone 4 than an overhaul, recent supply chain chatter indicates it might turn out to be quite a bit more. In addition to the expected under-the-hood improvements — the faster A5 processor on which the iPad 2 runs and a higher resolution 8 megapixel rear camera — supply chain sources tell Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu the iPhone 5 will feature a thinner design with a wider display.

“We are picking up that this ‘interim’ iPhone refresh in the Fall timeframe could be a bigger upgrade than we expected,” Wu says. “In addition to a dual-core processor that we have talked about before, our supply chain sources indicate that it will sport a slightly larger display than the current 3.5-inch retina display that is already industry leading. We are picking up that it will retain a similar form factor and size but with thinner bezel. … We believe this keeps the iPhone fresh and competitive and helps maintain its leadership position.”

One thing Wu says the iPhone 5 won’t feature: An LTE chipset.

“[The handset] will not likely incorporate 4G LTE due to battery life issues and spotty network coverage,” says Wu, adding, “[I]ronically, if anyone is in a position to fix these weaknesses, it would be Apple.”


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik