Retina Display iPad 3 Will Be 8% Thicker Than iPad 2, 4-Inch iPhone 5 Coming Next Summer [Rumor]

Retina Display iPad 3 Will Be 8% Thicker Than iPad 2, 4-Inch iPhone 5 Coming Next Summer [Rumor]

Take this with a grain of salt, but a “reliable source” speaking to iLounge has three inside scoops on Apple’s 2012 product line-up. Their veracity? Offhand, we’d say one of them’s a certainty, one of them’s probable and the last one is nutty.

Here’s what iLounge’s source has to say:

• The iPad 3 will be slightly thicker than the iPad 2: 0.77mm thicker, or about 8%. This is necessary to install the twin light bar system needed to illuminate a 9.7-inch Retina Display. Makes sense to us, as does iLounge’s claim that the iPad 3 would be released in March but shown off for the first time in January: that would give devs plenty of time to update their iPad apps to the new Retina Display.

• The iPhone 5 is still coming as a 4-inch device, but won’t be the teardrop version that everyone was talking about before the iPhone 4S’s debut. It will be 8mm longer than the iPhone 4S and come in a metal casing. We’re just not buying it: Steve Jobs was worried about fragmenting the iPhone marketshare with two different display types before he died, and 3.5 inches is perfect for one-hand operation. The 4-inch iPhone is a pipe dream, we think.

They also say the iPhone 5 will be released next summer, which I also seriously doubt: a September/October timeframe for the iPhone makes a lot more sense, in that it is closer to Christmas.

• Finally, iLounge uncontroversially claims 2012 will see the MacBook Pro line finally get a redesign, though they don’t say what that will look like. I’d say this is a no brainer: the MacBook Pro line hasn’t seen an update since late 2008, and they are ripe for a MacBook Air-like redesign, abandoning their optical drives and gaining ubiquitous SSDs.

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  • Isaiah Pavia-Cruz

    In my opinion, I’d still like a Pro to be a something robust and not ultra-portable. That’s what the Airs are for.

  • Alberto Hernandez

    iPhone 6! not 5!

  • prof_peabody

    This sounds like a lot of guesswork only (and yes, it’s iPhone 6, not iPhone 5).  

    Next October iOS 6.0 will be released.  Why on earth would they name the phone it comes on “iPhone 5,” especially since it will also be the *sixth* revision of the iPhone?   

  • FriarNurgle

    I don’t care.
    I don’t have an iPad yet… so I’ll likely buy whatever they release.
    I have the iPhone 4 and didn’t get the 4S… so I’ll likely upgrade to whatever they release. 

  • Tim Meesseman

    While I agree, does it really matter? I think we really ought to just all agree to call it the 6th  Generation iPhone until Apple announced the danged thing.

  • MacHead84

    Its posts like this that really hurt Apple. Getting the uninformed morons all excited with anticipation for a new iPhone in the SUMMER! When its pretty damn clear it will come out in the fall. Then resulting in dissatisfaction for all those holding out for the next model.  

  • David Shanahan

    No way Apple will kill iPad 2 sales for 6-8 weeks by announcing iPad 3 in Jan but not shipping until March! Whenever the iPad 3 is released availability (at least in the US, UK and several other major markets) will be only 2-3 weeks away at the most. Less if they can manage it.

  • guest

    Ahh, rumors, I don’t know if I have the stomach for this again after all that predictions of iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 4 and especially iPhone 4s. Those rumors are basically the same, iPhone 4s with 4 inch screen was almost a fact already so everyone can say “they think this or that”. You think that it’s logical to release a 4 inch iPhone and then call it 4s (obviously customer demand is also there), but let’s face it – Apple likes to suprise their clients AND the real crazy surprise april fool’s was that 4s still doesn’t have bigger screen and it’s not 4G. I wanted that screen before iPhone 4 came out and it looks like I’ll have to wait some more.

  • Dorje Sylas

    What would it take to bring an iPhone to a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of 3:2? I think this would do significantly less damage then any other aspect change as the iPad is already there. Just a smidgen taller and wider to from a 3.5 diagonal to a 4 diagonal. Old iPhone Apps fit comfortably inside the new screen with a bit of black edge, even less noticeable then on the 2x iPad, new iPhone Apps upscale 1:1 on iPad screens. Seems like a way to squeeze a bit more size out of it without totally fragmenting things.

  • imajoebob

    If the iPhone 5 isn’t out until Summer start buying HTC stock now.  The rumours better start coming fast and furious in February and the launch by early April, or the iPhone will be the MacBook of smartphones: outselling almost everything else, but Android will be clobbering iOS in marketshare.

  • Bigboss

    I need to say this – iPhone has to have a 4″ screen because it’s primarily an multimedia internet device and that screen size gives you a better/faster web browsing experience. If Steve Jobs (whom I really respect and miss) didn’t see that then I’m sorry to say but this time he was wrong. 4G is the future so it’s a must also. 
    On the other hand let’s not forget that it’s Apple and iPad 3 doesn’t have to have a retina display or a kindle ereader display hybrid next year. I would love that but let’s look and their product evolution over the years: small steps without radical moves. If again they give us a new & improved iOS, 1gb ram, longer battery, 1 pound weight and bump resolution for even a bit (i mean 1280, 1400 or 1600) it will be enough to astonish everyone. It will sell like crazy.

  • bastard

    Nothing new I see. Better try to predict what will iPad 4 have in 2013. I think that faster A7 chip, 1GB ram, 120GB flash memory, 12 hour battery, 1 pound weight, greater resolution with pixel density and 4G version are a fact by that year. The question is will it have anything else ? Unlikely but that’s a device I want, that’s something I’ll buy and only then I’ll say goodbye to my 64GB iPad2. And I believe that iPad 4 (with that hardware) should cost 600$ by then.

  • Mini mac

    Why would they sell an iphone 4S with IOS 5 and an A5 chip?? Right?! Oh wait they did…
    Why would they name the second gen iphone 3g?
    Oh wait they did…

    Think before you comment or dont comment troll

  • Lono

    Maybe we’ll see iPhone 5 AND iPhone 6 at last :-) Scrap all previous designs, new era, new software. iPhone 5 16GB, 3.5″ version with LTE, 8 mpx and something top secret for 100$. iPhone 6 32GB, 4″ version with LTE, 10 mpx camera and something brand new for 200$ (300$ for 64GB). By ‘something’ I mean probably a better iOS and some new feature (like Siri in 4s). Of course both of them would have 1GB ram and start with iOS 6

  • Theyseeyoutrollin

    After all the iPhone 5 rumors we had over the last spring and past summer, i really don’t want to read anything about it until the actual launch. 

  • TeeJay1100

    Blah Blah Blah, please stop it with these terrible rumors people.

  • TylerHoj

    A thicker iPad would most likely mean a heavier iPad, wouldn’t that make the entire point of the iPad 2 irrelevant? For what as the trade-off, a better screen? That’s bonkers. 

  • applejack

    Brownlee, you need to retire.

  • dale2582

    Brownlees articles are guesses and bs… His English is horrible as well

  • Bah

    Exactly, simply add another row of springboard icon apps and the world is a better place.

  • Bah

    That’s true but you could say that Apple hurts itself by NOT releasing a 4″ iPhone. I believe they will release the next iPhone in September and should release a new iPad 3 in June. These rumors make me laugh.

  • CharliK

    it’s a tiny bit thicker, basically splitting the difference between the iPad 1 and 2. the weight won’t likely be noticeable. 

    that said, I don’t be shocked if this dual light bar is NOT for a retina display but to deal with 2 years of snarking over the fact that you can’t use an iPad outside in any decent amount of sunlight. 

  • CharliK

    “has to have”. 

    uh no. the iPhone doesn’t have to have anything that Apple doesn’t want it to have. 

    as for why they haven’t made it 4″ there is a reason. THey wanted it a size that you could hold it in one hand and still be able to thumb over the whole screen even if you have small hands. a 4″ screen is slightly to big for such a move for many. Especially if you hold it with the base of your thumb actually supporting the side of the phone

  • CharliK

    they have done one phone a year since the beginning. and with this past phone in Oct folks won’t be expecting one until Sept/Oct 2012. 

  • CharliK

    they named the second gen iPhone the 3g because they were marketing it on the fact that it had 3g. but they didn’t call the 3gs the iPhone 2 now did they. nope they didn’t. Which is Prof’s point. it will more likely be the iPhone 6 or the iPhone LTE etc rather than the iPhone 5.

  • JonnyBrownPants

    Browners is an arrogant git. His work is frequently VERY sloppy, and he is an EDITOR? Quite incredible!

  • John Branham

    Brownlee… think about what you’re saying. Think about what company you are talking about… 8% thicker? How retarded do you think Apple is?

  • JJ

    i have an original iPad and it sure needs to be much thinner and lighter
    I dont see a NEED for retina display as the current one is beautiful and vibrant
    but NEED to be lighter and thinner

  • morfosketiglika

    Well, Brownlee, aren’t you ashamed to post iPhone rumors, especially after the recent iPhone 5 (which turned out 4S) fiasco?

  • pojut

    I’m going to have to disagree with 3.5″ being the perfect screen size. I have what could be considered average-to-small sized hands, and I find that with a 4″ screen (such as the one on the Droid Incredible 2 or the original Samsung Focus), I’m able to hit all four corners with my thumb without having to reposition my hand. 

    I think the whole “3.5 for a screen is perfect” line is just apologetic fanboy-talk, one that will disappear if and when the iPhone debuts with a larger screen. A good example of this would be the people that railed against increasing the iPhone’s resolution, as it would impact graphics and battery performance too much, only to turn around and tout the Retina display as one of the advantages a modern iPhone brings to the table.

    Sorry to pull that card out, but there it is all the same.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    I agree with you saying that 3.5″ isn’t the perfect size, but the screen resolution bit……I don’t know anybody who was wrong about the resolution. Such a high resolution DID affect the graphics performance of the iPhone 4. If you don’t think they did, go compare an iPhone 4S to and iPhone 4 in games like Real Racing 2

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Um, no, it’s a major student device, it needs to have clearer text to really read on.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Folks also expected one in June of this year. That tells you no annual time frame is set in stone.

  • Chris Killen

    That small hand crap is nonsense. I have small hands, my sister has small hands. She has a Droid with a 4-inch screen and the both of us have absolutely NO problem using it with one hand. That’s just an excuse you guys give yourself when Apple doesn’t deliver what the phone should have. Apple isn’t “everyone,” and I guarantee a majority of everyone, including us small-handed people, want a bigger screen. 

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    It would never be the iPhone 5. The iPhone 4S was named so because it represented what the 3GS was: a simple evolution in most aspects. The iPhone 4 made a bold numerical statement because it pioneered technologies and changed the game. 4S didn’t change the game, but it did make established “beast Android phones” look less impressive.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    IMO, iPad 3 needs a retina display. Of all the devices that needed a retina display, the iPad is it. It’s an incredible student tool and needs to be bettered in the display department. If they do that, I’d bet most would buy iPads over kindles for reading, even if reading on an LED display irritates the eyes.

  • Bah

    Retina iPad ? Not yet there if the cost is any indication, and if they do that with a (almost) 10″ screen then Macbook Air needs to have that display.

  • Urbanlegend

    I agree completely, it’s only half of an inch and not 4.2″ or 4.3″. That iPhone won’t become huge.  And what about this talking about people with small hands ? What about someone who has a bit bigger than average persons hands :-) They would adore a 4-inch iPhone.  

  • ExRoot

    I agree. None if you know what apple will do. After the last fiasco I’m surprised people bother. Just give it a rest. Make a wish list and cross your fingers.

    Chill with the rumors!

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