Apple's next iPhone will likely arrive in September or October. As the rumor machine cranks into high gear, we sort the solid predictions from the silly.
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Maybe it was Steve Jobs' influence, but Apple has a serious thin fetish: Witness the MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPad (particularly the 2nd and 3rd generations). Could the iPhone 5 lay claim to the title of World's Thinnest Smartphone? Recent rumors from the often-unreliable Digitimes, a Taiwanese trade publication and source of much tech gossip, suggest that Apple's suppliers' use of in-cell touch panels, which meld color filters and touch sensors into one layer, could help iPhone engineers built an even thinner handset, according to iPhone Themes . But it's doubtful the iPhone 5 will be skinnier than the recently announced ZTE Athena, which is just 6.2mm thick. The iPhone 4S, by comparison, is downright chubby at 9.3mm. ILounge reports the next iPhone will reduce its thickness by nearly 2mm to a super-svelte 7.4 mm.
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