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The challenge of developing a battery slim enough for a 5.5-inch iPhone, nicknamed (暱稱) the "iPhone Air" by the parts-supply industry, may push that handset's introduction back until next year. So reports the Chinese-language news service Commercial Times (Google Translate). The same article also reports that a 4.7-inch iPhone …

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I know it won't be a problem

But somehow I'd be worried a phone that large that's thinner than the 5/5S might snap in half if it gets bound up in your pocket in the wrong way when you sit down!

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Re: I know it won't be a problem

It will not be a problem due to the 10mm thick case.

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@DougS - Re: I know it won't be a problem

I'm afraid I have to contradict you there. It might be a problem, because the magical powers of St. Steve are not around any more. When he was on earth, things happened according to his commands (even if the commands changed at some point...). TC doesn't seem to have this ability.

Jobs would not have this problem, The launch would always have been later, the phone always been thicker, or the battery always been of a lesser capacity, because it would have been better due to the fact that it was Apple.

The magic is gone.

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Re: I know it won't be a problem

And that's why you never stick a phone in your back pocket. Ever.

Back pockets are for spare change, the occasional key and stuff that bends.

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My solution would be to make it twice as thick, but have a bigger battery. But hey what do I know, there must be someone in this world who just can't handle the iPhone now due to excessive depth

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Re: I've got an idea

Bigger phone = heavier. Thinner phone = lighter. The thinner they make it, the closer it is to the weight of the 5/5S, rather than the weight of the 3gs/4/4S.

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@DougS - is the weight of modern smart phones really an issue? I'd much prefer a thicker, heavier, longer lasting phone than the current obsession with longer, wider, slimmer.

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Re: I've got an idea

I would keep the phone width the same as it is and make it tougher with a larger battery capacity....

RIght now phones are too fragile, my old Nokia used to bounce off concrete....

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>I would keep the phone width the same as it is and make it tougher with a larger battery capacity....

But if the phone is made thinner, the end user is free to choose from a plethora of after-market cases, allowing them to pick one that offers the best compromise between protection and bulk for their own situation. Someone on a building site might choose a bigger case than someone who works in a carpeted office, for example. Batteries and external battery packs, likewise - some people send their days closer to a phone charger than other people do.

>tougher

toughness is not the same as rigidity. I seem to recall a proverb about a sapling and a mighty oak in a storm...

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Re: I've got an idea

there must be someone in this world who just can't handle the iPhone now due to excessive depth

I tried to resist making a lewd joke here.

Sorry. Can't.

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Dave 126 has the right idea. Those who want a more durable phone or with longer battery life and don't care about weight/thickness are free to add an aftermarket case to provide one or both. Or choose another brand, like the Razr Maxx or that one company that sells "contractor grade" phones that can be dropped from 30' onto concrete.

Some of us have no problem at all with the battery life on current phones, and aren't in the habit of dropping them on concrete like those durable old Nokias. Not all of us wish to compromise for others' needs by having a heavier phone with a unbreakable plastic shell.

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So let's see if I understand this...

A product which has not been announced may no longer be launched on the date which was never announced either?

And this is 'news'?

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On the Internet it is.

This kind of article is actually People-magazine-level for IT specialists. And if you have a pic of the yet unreleased object, it becomes Page-3-of-the-Sun level.

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Re: So let's see if I understand this...

"And this is news?"

No, this is News 2.0

A whole new paradigm (it says here)

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Re: So let's see if I understand this...

Its called click-baiting

and you clicked

you 'bater

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Joke

I for one look forward to the iPhone Air Mac Pro-touch Retina Pad-book Nano.

You laugh but with a limited number of names being re-used it's only a matter of time.

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In that case...

Put me down for a Flower-Power or Dalmation iPhone Performa

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