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Apple Looking at "Lighter & Thinner" iPhone 5 Option

As September approaches, all sorts of wild speculation about how the iPhone 5 will look have emerged; apart from the claims that the company wants to ship 25 million units of the latest version by the end of the year, new rumours about Foxconn finding it hard to build the new iPhone have emerged.

According to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), sources close to the manufacturing process are saying that Foxconn is currently unable to improve yield rates because the phone is "complicated and difficult to assemble."

More specifically, the phone is said to be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4, which previous rumours have no really mentioned until now.

Anyway, it will be a huge challenge for Apple to produce a smartphone that is both lighter than its predecessor, thinner and comes with a bigger screen as some sources have suggested before.

Cutting the iPhone 5's mass may be achieved by swapping Intel's Infineon baseband chips for more integrated ones from Qualcomm and employing the same battery technology as the iPad 2.

But beyond this, there's little that can physically be done to save a few more grams or slash the thickness of the iPhone 5 by a millimeter or two.

Another rumour that has emerged over the last 24 hours is that component manufacturers have been told to send the key components for the iPhone 5 to Foxconn and other key ODMs in August.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.