By Quentin Fottrell
According to this video posted on YouTube, the hotly-anticipated iPhone 5 could be thin as a credit card, with a larger screen and holographic capabilities. The video has received almost 22 million views, even though it’s only what’s called a concept video – more of a thought experiment than anything else, in this case credited to Aatma Studio, an animation company based in San Francisco, Calif.
But it raises the question: Could the iPhone 5 be this cool? Todd Day, a wireless industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, says the iPhone 5 could include some of the features in the video. Apple’s next iPhone will likely have a bigger screen. As for that svelte profile, that’s further down the road. “I wouldn’t put it past Apple to be able to make a device that thin,” Day says. “Just not yet.”
What else is likely? iPhone users can reasonably expect a “world phone” with compatible software so it could easily be unlocked for different phone carriers. Also a lighter handset, faster processor, more memory and, eventually, the capability to project movies.
When can you have one? Analysts expect an early to mid-October arrival date. Natalie Harrison, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.
What would you like to see in the iPhone 5?