Originally Posted by PG4G
I very strongly doubt the veracity of the claims on several grounds.
1. Steve was very worried about 3G's power draining, a problem that would result in A) more battery being placed in or B) lower battery life
2. To increase battery life in a 3G model, it would need a bigger battery. To knock off the size required to get to "22% thinner" would be analogous to taking out the entire touchscreen segment - I know because I have pulled the 1G apart. This doesn't even account for the EXTRA battery room required for more battery to Increase the life of the product.
3. Its not possible to get a battery the same size as it is into a smaller iPhone. There's just too much other hardware. OLED wouldn't make it happen, its still too thick with the touch sensor on the back.
All the other hardware, though still being there would mean the same chipspace if not a little more. There is simply no battery expansion room.
Unless Apple have found a wonderful new power source, I don't see the 22% happening.
I think this is quite plausible. You're missing a few important points:
- the new phone is going to have better integration, so less chips, more room. Same with the screen.
- the computer industry keeps on moving forward, that means better power consumption, smaller size. Last years model probably used 90nm predominately, this one probably uses 65nm.
- Apple have had more time to improve the physical (antenna, case) design which would yield more space. The fact that an all plastic back is rumoured is very telling.
- improved battery time will very likely not refer to 3G, but to 2G, with GS turned off, etc (comapring apples to apples so to speak)
This rumour sounds very sensible and very much like Apple. More memory, thinner with more features. GPS is a no brainer, it's a very popular feature. I'm willing to believe it all.