The latest to catch my eye is the larger of two expected larger iPhone 6 models. Think 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch respectively; both highly anticipated to help Apple thwart Samsung’s dominance of the phablet market. One of the iPhones might not make it this year. Why? How? Because, you know. Rumors. And batteries.
How Thin Is Too Thin?
The latest rumor to catch my eye says Apple might delay the unannounced 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until next year because battery suppliers cannot make the battery thin enough.
Thin enough for who? Or, is it ‘whom?‘ Regardless, my iPhone 5s is so thin I’m afraid it might bend when I tuck it into the back pocket of slacks that too closely monitor the outline of my derriere.
Online rumor reporters say most smartphone batteries weigh in at around 2.9 millimeters while Apple wants just 2.2 millimeters for the larger iPhone model. How thins is that? Scary thin.
The iPhone 5s itself is a mere 7.6 millimeters thin. Or, thick. Whichever you prefer. By contrast, the iPad mini with Retina display is thinner still, at 7.5 millimeters, less than one-third of an inch.
Apple faces problems unlike other smartphone and tablet manufacturers. How so? Apple deals in quantities that, in some cases, make it more difficult to get the latest and greatest functionality to market.
The Numbers Game
Other manufacturers simply don’t sell the same volumes, so they can put into their wares whatever the component makers have on hand. Small orders are easy. Larger orders are not.
So, according to the rumor mongers who work as slave laborers in the rumor mills of Asia, the so-called iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display, the iPhone Air, won’t make it to customer hands until earlier in 2015.
Because this is a juicy rumor, shelf life isn’t very long, actual facts may vary, void where prohibited. The new iPhone might not even be called an iPhone Air, though I like the name. Something big, but lighter than air (so to speak; facts not in evidence).
The Mother Of All Retina Displays
My suspicion over Apple’s seeming delay in pushing a larger iPhone has to do with a mashup of Retina displays, screen resolution, battery life, costs, and Apple’s screen resolution ‘problem.’
That means with the next generation of iPhones we’re likely to see absolutely the zenith in screen resolutions for smartphones; Retina displays which go beyond the eye’s ability to see a dot. Ever.
What I’m curious to know is the screen resolution of larger iPhones. And, what impact a larger iPhone, a phablet, will have on iPad sales. As to the latter, I’d ditch my iPad mini in a heartbeat for an iPhone phablet at about 5-inches or so. Apple loses a sale.
The screen resolution will be interesting, too, because Apple is somewhat locked into iPhone and iPad screen sizes (number of pixels across and down, not the diagonal size in inches. Any changes mean app developers would be required to make yet another version of their apps to match.