Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

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Jefferies analyst Peter Misek today released a new research report that is gaining attention for its claims regarding Apple’s next generation of iOS devices.

Much in the same way that Ozzy Osbourne gained attention for biting the head off a chicken, or that guy you know with all the piercings in his face.

Based on our checks, likely updates include a new super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC. Possible updates include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage, and coming in 6 to 8 colors.

The first result for “super HD” is to this sketchy-looking supplement. The second — and slightly more relevant — result is for “super hi-vision“, with a resolution of 7,680 × 4,320 pixels. I’m guessing not. I have no idea what “super HD” means.

Several iPhone 6 prototypes appear to be floating around. The model with a 4.8″ screen is the most interesting. It has a Retina+ IGZO screen, a new A7 quad-core processor variant, and a new form factor with no home button. Full gesture control is also possibly included.

No home button, yet it’s only “possible” that it will be controlled with gestures? Alrighty.

Misek also believes that Apple will be launching the fifth-generation iPad around June of next year, with the device adopting an IGZO display to reduce thickness and weight. The iPad mini is reportedly also scheduled for an upgrade around the same time, potentially adopting multiple new colors and a Retina display.

Misek sure has a hard-on for IGZO display panels. Also, a retina display on the iPad Mini ignores factors like its increased battery consumption from a necessarily more-powerful processor, requiring a bigger battery, which is much heavier. Apple’s big selling point for the Mini is its size and weight. Your move, Misek.

Finally, Misek believes that Apple may launch its long-anticipated television set with gesture and voice control in September or October of 2013, with delays said to be stemming from issues with Sharp’s financial stability and yields on IGZO panels.

IGZO!