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iPhone 5 could be 'bigger upgrade than we expected'

updated 10:30 am EDT, Tue August 2, 2011

LTE still thought to be missing from 2011 hardware

An iPhone upgrade coming this fall "could be a bigger upgrade than we expected," says Sterne Agee's Shaw Wu. The analyst cites checks with Apple's supply chain, which also allegedly indicate that the a new model will feature a display "slightly larger" than the 3.5-inch size Apple has used since the first iPhone in 2007. The phone should "retain a similar form factor and size but with thinner bezel," he adds. "We believe this makes sense to improve the iPhone experience without making it too bulky as we have seen with models from competitors."

Wu reiterates, though, that information suggests a 2011 iPhone will likely forego 4G (LTE). Problems are said to remain with battery life on devices and "spotty" network coverage. "And ironically, if anyone is in a position to fix these weaknesses, it would be AAPL," Wu comments.

The analyst's information ultimately just reinforces other reports, which have likewise pointed to a larger display and a continued dependence on 3G networking instead of 4G. Apart from the screen, other anticipated improvements include an A5 processor, an eight-megapixel camera and possibly a hybrid GSM/CDMA chipset that would eliminate the need for separate iPhone models for carriers like Verizon. Some accounts have suggested that Apple may also have a cheaper iPhone design in the works available as a prepaid option.

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  1. battles

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2011


    this just in...

    The iPhone 5 may or may not be a huge upgrade! We know this for a fact based on rumors that are not verified of factual! This is amazing!

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Yeah. "Could be".

    Then again, could not be. MacNN, you got any other non-news for us?

  1. designr

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    Joined: Apr 2002


    "forego 4G (LTE)"

    To forego 4G (LTE) would be a mistake given the proliferation of 4G phones on the market now.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    Besides the phone being anywhere from a huge upgrade to a minor trickle, with either a major form-factor redesign to just a minor tweak to components, it has also been determined that it will be released in September. Or October. Possibly as early as August. Or not until January. But that is unlikely, since an iPhone user revolt will occur if they roll out a new iPhone right after the iPhone holiday buying season.

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