iPhone 5 rumors: thinner and with larger screen, analysts say

According to a report from global securities and investment group Jefferies, Apple’s next iPhone will be 20 percent thinner than the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4 due to the use of new materials.

In addition, the device is expected to have a 4-inch screen and get an improvement resolution.

According to Jefferies’ prediction, given that the iPhone 4 and the 4S both have Retina display, the iPhone 5 could come with a screen with higher than 324 pixels per inch.

The analyst firm also notes that the release date of the iPhone 5 is economically unimportant to the Cupertino company.

“We have penciled in 15 million iPhone 5 shipments for [the third quarter], out of their 40 million total estimate, and 50 million total iPhones in the fourth quarter,” the research note said. “Beginning in September, Apple will have more than 175 million iPhone subscribers globally. Assuming a two-year replacement implies a base case of about 20 million iPhones a quarter.”

Jefferies is also counting on the presentation of iOS 6 and an upgrade to iCloud at the upcoming WWDC in June.