New iPhone set for complete redesign

Not content with upgrading the inner workings of the next iPhone, Apple is also looking at a fresh new look to encourage existing users to upgrade.

That's according to Analyst Brian J. White of Topeka Capital Markets, who has recently returned from a tour of suppliers in China and Taiwan. On that trip, he managed to pick up a few Apple-related details, including a projected launch date for the new iPhone. If true, some suppliers will begin production in June of 'certain components' of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone, with an autumn launch for the new iPhone, in line with last year's launch.

He believes the new iPhone will have a larger screen, perhaps as large as four inches, and will offer LTE connectivity, just like the new iPad does in some locations. But his most interesting point is in reference to the design of the phone: 'In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case.

'This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade,' he added.

That would a shrewd move by Apple. It's all well and good having a new iPhone, but it is just as important to be seen with a new iPhone when you're out and about. That's perhaps not the case with the iPhone 4S, but it will be if the phone offers up an aluminum unibody similar to the rear panel of the iPad.

If that's not enough for you, Mr White also claimed that Apple is still working on its budget tablet, going by the name of the 'iPad mini', although the launch date for that particular device is still unclear. If it does launch (and evidence is growing that it will), it's likely to be a 7.85-inch iPad with a screen resolution of 1,024x768 pixels, which would allow current iPad applications to run without any modifications.

Not the last rumour you'll hear about either device, but it's fair to say that we are starting to build up a picture of both the new iPhone and the budget iPad. Another busy (and profitable) year for Apple. But did you expect anything less?

Source: Apple Insider

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