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Report: New iPhone to be lighter, smaller?

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
News Categories: iPhone

Following yesterday’s report that Hon Hai has been instructed by Apple to begin preparing material supplies for the 3G iPhone, the Taiwan Economic News has printed a story containing supposed specifications of the new handset. According to the report, the new iPhone will weigh between 3.9 and 4.2 oz., compared with the current model’s weight of 5.6 oz. A new plastic casing is said to help with the weight reduction, along with a new, smaller LCD screen measuring 2.8 inches, down from the current iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen. As a screen size reduction of this sort would likely impact use of the touchscreen for keyboard-style input, it is possible that these reports refer to a separate, smaller “iPhone mini” or “iPhone nano” model, rather than a complete successor to the original iPhone. [via AppleInsider]

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1

Unless they introduce an “iPhone nano”, it would be stupid to reduce the screen size on the iPhone.  The large screen is one of its best selling points.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on April 29, 2008 at 10:46 AM (PDT)

2

“the casing-material change has helped Hon Hai lure the orders away from Foxconn Technology Co., Ltd. and Catcher Technology Co. Ltd. with its profession in manufacturing of precision plastic components”

Isn’t Hon Hai part of Foxconn?  So how could they be luring anything away?

Posted by Dyvim on April 29, 2008 at 12:04 PM (PDT)

3

For the first iPhone there was a big lag between when Jobs introduced it and when it went on sale. I understood the delay to be the time to get an FCC license and that Jobs didn’t want leaked FCC documents to be the way the device was introduced. Wouldn’t that apply to a new model as well? If they’re going to introduce this in June wouldn’t they already have applied for an FCC license?

Posted by brted on April 29, 2008 at 3:49 PM (PDT)

4

A new plastic casing??  Hmmm doesn’t sound promising.  Wouldn’t aluminum (ala iMac) be better for the now environmentally friendly Apple…. but most importantly look a lot classier?  Of course I know that cost is the major consideration for many people but the 1st gen iPhones just *felt* quality in your hand.

Posted by lostkiwi on April 30, 2008 at 5:33 AM (PDT)

5

I love two things about the iPhone: the fact that it feels substantial and high-quality (not heavy, mind you, but with enough heft to be reassuring), and that the screen is large, bright, and gorgeous.

If they take sacrifice those qualities just to make the Internet connection a bit zippier, I’m perfectly fine with the iPhone I’ve got.

Posted by Flippy Hambone on April 30, 2008 at 3:08 PM (PDT)

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