iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 001)

With a 4.7-inch and a massive 5.5-inch iPhone versions reportedly in the pipeline, you’d expect both new iPhones to be a tad heavier than the current-gen four-inch iPhone 5s, simply due to a larger and thereby heavier enclosure/screen assembly.

Not so fast.

According to a new report, Apple’s engineers are scrambling to slim down next-generation iPhones by switching to a lighter backlight module and possibly using a lighter device frame, too…

A report from LEDinside, a division of research firm TrendForce, was highlighted earlier today by PatentlyApple. The story quotes sources from Apple’s supply chain as claiming that the iPhone 6 has a much lighter frame and thinner LED backlights.

In the previous generation, the iPhone used 0.6t side-view type LED, in contrast the new iPhone will probably be adopting 0.4t side-view type LED.

LEDinside also heard from sources that these design changes will trickle down to future iPads, which will see their backlights go from the current 0.8mm down to just 0.6mm thick modules,

Suspiciously enough, the report makes no mention of a 5.5-inch iPhone and goes on to claim that the iPhone 6 is likely to be released in June 2014. We find the summer release schedule rather improbable so you’re advised to take the story with a few pinches of salt.

Of course the next iPhone is going to be thinner.

By making the display – and consequentially the entire device – notably larger, engineers have more room to spread out components, allowing for thinner designs.

iPhone 6 concept (Federico Ciccarese 005)

The iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thick.

That being said, I don’t think shaving a millimeter here and there will make for a huge difference in terms of the overall compactness of the device.

In a report yesterday, The Korea Herald said the next Galaxy would also be thinner, by using a new single-layered panel technology.

Whereas the existing touch panels widely used for other smartphones consist of four layers including two ITO (indium tin oxide) films, the single-layered panel “enhances the display’s transparency level, leading to improved energy efficiency and viewing accuracy,” per The Korea Herald story.

The South China Morning Post wrote earlier today that the new iPhones will come in 4.7 and 5.5-inch flavors, with sharper Retina screens at 441ppi (the same as Samsung’s Galaxy S4) versus the 326ppi for the four-inch Retina screen on current iPhones

The phones will be covered with a sapphire coating, the story alleged.

Me, I don’t care about how much thinner the next iPhone is.

What I want to know is how whether its bigger and heavier battery will last longer.


Mockups via Federico Ciccarese.

  • Martynas Linkevicius

    I love these “next iPhone” rumours. They look so good! It would be awesome if they came true.

    • smtp25

      Yeah its a shame that the end device won’t match the hype.. and will probably be a ip5 rehash.. just like all the hopes and dreams people had for the release of iPhone 5

    • Michael Fluharty

      Kind of like a concept car you can look but can’t ever touch because we will never build it.

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  • Vince Reedy

    What about same thickness and bigger battery

    • jack


      • Yash Gorana


      • Yash Gorana


  • Micky Ganon

    Large screen it is not convenient to use.
    I tried LG G2
    I went back to the iPhone

    • MagicDrumSticks

      Cool story bro.

      • Micky Ganon

        Thanks, I’m thinking of writing a book about it

      • Jonathan

        I’ll buy it.

      • MagicDrumSticks

        Me too, it’s a cool story.

    • chris125

      Not convenient to use for *you*

      • jack

        I also think it is not convenient

      • chris125

        Ha funny all the down votes. Guess all the butthurt, still stuck in the past sheep can’t fathom something new and changing for the iPhone.

    • Michael Fluharty

      A larger screen is not for everyone but I can’t wait to blow my money on the iPhone6 when it comes out and look forward to it being larger. Apple should probably be more optimistic because of what happened when they released the iPad mini. this will be the iPad nano 🙂

  • Virus

    At least give us a battery that can last all weekend without charging

    • Micky Ganon

      all weekend??? all day!!

      • Michael Fluharty

        you probably should check into your location services because my iPhone has always lasted days in-between charge.

    • Carlos Gomes

      Please, be realistic. Now that you’re at it, ask for a built-in toaster as well.

      • Jonathan

        And a toilet.

      • Yash Gorana

        and a girlfriend.

      • Jonathan

        A chair?

      • ☞Dylan James Kroger

        That was introduced on the iPhone 4S.

      • Carlos Gomes

        I see what you did there!

      • Michael Fluharty


      • Yash Gorana

        Here. Have my like.

      • Michael Fluharty


      • Asking for 2 day battery is not realistic? Sounds like you’ve been brainwashed to think the Moto X is an imaginary phone…

      • Carlos Gomes

        It’s not realistic at all, considering the physical features of the device.

        And you have a really sad life, don’t you? Why on Earth do you follow idownloadblog posts if your sole purpose is to bash Apple products and call sheep whoever doesn’t agree with you?
        This isn’t therapy, please leave.

      • Not realistic in the Apple world, but it’s real on Earth, ’cause that’s been achieved by the Motorola Droid Maxx and a few other competing SmartPhones.

        And you have an ignoramus life, don’t you? Just ’cause I use a freed iPhone and I’m interested in keeping up with Apple and other tech news doesn’t mean I have to ignoramusly praise Apple nor any other company. Go find an iTardsOnlyBlog (where the truth about Apple’s greed/hypocrisy is forbidden) and I promise you’ll never come across anything questioning your herd master’s actions over there…

      • Carlos Gomes

        See? You don’t even listen.
        Anyway, yup you have issues and I’m sorry if I got you angrier.

        I’m not feeding you, though.

      • Sorry to break your heart, but listening isn’t the same as obeying…the latter is what I refused to do in your case, ’cause I don’t obey ignoramus requests. Adios…

      • ☁⚡Bläzé4President⚡☁

        Someone’s learned a new word.

    • Michael Romano

      Please improve the crappy battery life. Please.

  • Prashant goel

    4.7 could be the best display size. 5.5 is ugly.

  • belumira

    I’d prefer 4.5 screen. 4.7 and up makes it impossible to use with one hand.

    • grumpyfuzz

      You must have small hands. I can easily use a 5 inch screen one-handed.

      • belumira

        i’m a girl, so yeah…i have small hands

      • grumpyfuzz

        They should make multiple screen sizes, so you can get what you prefer.

      • belumira

        But they shouldn’t pull a Samsung and slash internals along with screen size. The S4 mini is a total scam.

      • grumpyfuzz

        Do what Sony did with the z1 compact 😛

    • That’s easily fixed with software like on the Note 3…

  • whodakat

    I suppose a 4.7″ screen won’t kill me, but I like the size of my iPhone now. I hope they give us options and don’t just force us all to move to a huge screen. My friend has a Note, and I don’t know what I’d do if that was my only option for the next iPhone. I hope they are smarter than that.

    • They’ll keep the small and cheapass phones around like the iPhone 4, iPhone 5c, etc.

      • Michael Fluharty

        they were bringing back the iPhone 4 for india so it should be in walmart still.

      • mav3rick

        Sitting on a pile of cash and still so cheap to keep selling the signal troubled 4 with outdated camera instead of 4S the last perfected true iPhone.

  • appl3h4ck3r

    Wow a lighter phone oh my god. Who cares? Honestly making it lighter doesn’t make it any better. My iPhone 5 is great. It’s functional, I can use it. I mean seriously, if you complain about the weight of your phone, you’ve got issues. God forbid it weighs 4oz as compared to phone xyz

  • Ketan

    If the rumors are true then that will be the killer blow to samsung and I won’t be surprised apple will sell 10/12 millions iphone in first week of launch. I will be one of them. Can’t wait that long, running out of patience!!!!!

  • JulianZH

    Slimmer mean harder for me to handle…. I think iphone 4 got the best hand on feeling.

    • Michael Fluharty

      I agree but i also got the 4S before my contract was up for an upgrade because of SIRI same thing, substantial feel. The 5 had a larger screen but the weight was not a deal breaker or didn’t really matter. it was only a conversation piece. ooooh it’s light as a feather compared to the 4S. just a fad that really only lasted a few seconds till the conversation was over.

  • Stop it already. These rumors are bullshit. All of them.

    • hako, y go away, y hate iDB u said on skool und nobodi liekes u here.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    nice wow!

    • Jonathan

      Such amazement.

  • chris125

    How about more focus on a larger battery? How thin do these phones really need to be? Come on apple put a huge battery in so you Dont have to charge it multiple times a day if you actually use your phone.

    • Michael Fluharty


      • chris125

        Yeah I’m sure. A big battery solves that problem without the Pipedream “solar”

  • Matt

    Am I the only one who thinks that the curved back looks hideous. I mean it looks like a Moto-X or htc-one went on a diet. So I think they should do something but keep the back all flat, it makes it look more simplistic and elegant.
    Anyway I am so excited for this, even though I’m not going to upgrade because I have a 5S.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    There are WAY more rumors this year than normal it seems like. Either these are bullshit or Apple might be changing up the schedule again. Although for a June release you would think they would already be in the process of making them so September seems more likely

  • Adlaava

    I don’t want bigger screens. What I want is more speed and power. Anyways rumours are admiring.

  • I’d rather have double the battery for double the thickness.

  • kahlil velayo

    The size for me 4.7 would be just fine, its easy to put inside my pocket. Most importantly is the battery, 48hrs will suffice.. I just hope.

  • Steve

    Lighter? iPhone 5 and 5s is already too light. 130 and 150 grams is the ideal segment.

  • Dosen’t Matter

    We need to spam apple mail inbox with request for better battery not lighter phone

  • Deepak Khanal

    It seem very exciting news, so that i am ready to buy one…..i am hurry up to buy 1 for my self………