Apple’s quest for thinner and lighter has been quite notorious with every iPhone and iPad model that’s ever been launched. With the exception of the third-generation iPad, Apple’s products continue slimming down in size, weight and heft with every major generation change, and the tendency continues for Apple’s 2014 line-up.
One of Apple’s biggest hurdles in making devices thinner and lighter is the LED backlight used to power the display. Reports have Apple going from a 0.6 mm LED on its current-generation devices to a 0.4 mm component. Now what’s even more interesting about this report is that it claims that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 until June:
“According to sources from Apple supply chain, the iPhone 6 is likely to be released in June 2014, and will have larger monitor size of 4.7”. Industry insiders also projected the iPhone 6 will have a much lighter frame, which will lead to upgrades in LED backlight specs. 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.”
So we do seem to be getting a bigger 4.7-inch iPhone, but supply-chain rumors are usually the most accurate when talking about launch dates, so WWDC could be the opportunity for Apple to launch its next iPhone, something the company hasn’t done since the iPhone 4.