Price seems a tad confused or at least confusing in his post. Almost everything he references is about flexible-display technology -- a screen made of flexible plastic polymers instead of layers of glass. The example he, and everyone else, cites is the year-ago demonstration by Samsung of a prototype flexible screen, now confusingly dubbed "Galaxy Skin" by pundits, making it sound like a forthcoming smartphone or tablet. According to one story that Price links with, the flex-screen technology may appear in production by mid-2013, though for what products is unclear. Price also recycles a reference to a bendable battery.
But even if we grant both of those advances, that doesn't get us very far. What about all the other components, like the body, the radios, the antennas, the CPU and memory chips, the logic board-- to mention just a few -- for which no one has demonstrated bendy prototypes, or even hinted that they're in development?
The chief advantages of the Samsung prototype -- assuming it can achieve comparable resolution as current displays -- are its extreme thinness and its ability to withstand hammer blows, as the video link above shows. Those are substantial gains. But the belief that an iPhone as foldable as paper or as bendable as a plastic report cover is just around the corner is pure fairy dust.
"These legal manoeuvrings [an apparent reference to Apple patent applications] make it clear that flexible displays are on Apple's radar somewhere, but who knows where they'll turn up - if at all," Price says.
So what's the "final verdict" by Price? "We're not going to lie to you: it's a long shot," he says, which understates the odds against it by several orders of magnitude. Having spent nearly all of his post on flexible displays, Price now substitutes "flexible body" apparently hoping no one will notice the change up: "a flexible body would be a wildly unpredictable step."
Which makes it perfect for iOSphere rumoring.
iPhone 6 will actually be iPhone 5S, which will be followed by iPhone 6
Thank heavens for Jefferies stock analyst Peter Misek. He laid it all out in an investors note this week, and provided endless fodder for rumors about both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6.
The Next iPhone will be iPhone 5S, and it will be announced in June 2013. And it will be a Phone of Many Colors, according to Misek.