Analyst: Apple iPhone 5 ‘attractive candidate’ for built-in pico projector, live mobile digital TV

StreetInsider reports that in a note to clients today, analysts at Ticonderoga wrote, “During our meetings in Taipei, we are hearing more about adding new features to smartphones (and potentially tablets), including mobile digital TV and miniature embedded pico projectors. For example, ATSC-M/H (Advanced Television Systems Committee) Mobile Digital TV could increasingly become available in high-end smartphones in the future and we believe the next generation Apple iPhone 5 represents an attractive candidate for this feature.”

Ticonderoga continued: Watching local TV stations on a smartphone could be an attractive option for some consumers. Additionally, an embedded pico projector allows users to project a slide presentation or video on a wall or other surface area in large size, which makes sense for the iPhone 5 in our view as Apple seeks to expand the features in the next generation iPhone. Not only do we believe both features could have appeal for smartphones such as the iPhone and other leading brands but also tablet devices such as the iPad could benefit from these expanded capabilities.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


  1. I could imagine an add-on device that uses the dock, like a credit card scanner. Harder time seeing how a built in projector makes sense. I’d prefer to have an iPhone in my hand to control the presentation, possibly walking around, and have the projector stationary on a table.

  2. The pico projector for th iPhone 5 is for light painting. Choose a wall, extra wide person, or some available space at night and BOOM! A light paint show to impress or Ummmm, paint on jiggy surfaces!

    Lawyers, start look at that new vacation you wanted but could not afford!

  3. If this rumour is to be believed, we would be able to project large images onto screens from our iPhones. What they don’t explain is how the sound will be made audible so that it can be heard by a large number of people. The small speaker in an iPhone simply isn’t going to be able to do that.

    I don’t see Apple offering a partial solution, so I reckon that Apple will not be one of the smartphone manufacturers adding pico projectors at this stage.

  4. This would be good for hotel rooms, but I think it is not in Apple’s DNA to add something like this.

    I usually take an Apple iPod/iPhone charger/connector to composite/SCART converter cable on family holidays so the kids can watch movies at night.

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