Apple iPhone 5: Thinner Model Likely Coming

A thinner iPhone may be in the works at Apple. A new display design could result in a sixth-generation iPhone that is up to .44mm thinner, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Keo said in a research note, according to a report by Apple Insider.

While the iPhone remains the global leader in smartphone sales, a thinner device might help it keep its edge.

The most recent iPhone the 4S is 9.3 mm thick, which means that the display design upgrade would reduce that to 8.86 mm. That could help keep up with the competition, Keo said, many of whom are already making thinner smartphones.

Additional upgrades could make the iPhone even thinner. Keo estimates that a thinner battery and a metal back instead of the glass Apple currently uses could reduce the phone to 7.9 mm, the report continued.

Apple has been mum on a release date, but most expect it to be sometime between Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June and the anniversary of last year’s release in October. Keo is betting on the third quarter.

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