There have been endless amounts of rumors involving the design of Apple’s next generation iPhone. We’ve seen quite a few different concepts over the past months but nothing can be certain until well, Apple releases the device. But now there’s a report by iLounge giving specific details down to a measurement.
This is worth checking out…
iLounge has a decent track record when it comes to their facts on pre-release devices, and it looks like their weighing in again. They “have learned” that the new iPhone will be thinner, include a bigger screen, and have a different “mini” dock connector which we’ve heard about in the past. Apple may also be planning on ditching the all glass back and replacing it with metal. iLounge says they have pretty reliable sources for this information, and honestly none of these “facts” are too far-fetched to be unbelievable.
According to our source, Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist’s rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.
They also say there will be no major change in design. Forget the idea of a teardrop design. Apple’s mostly keeping it the same except the height and making it 20% thinner…
the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width.
Another change iLounge says you can count on is a mini dock connector. This rumor has surfaced once before but it makes sense given the extra space needed to cram more features inside an iPhone that’s almost identical in size. Though making it longer would do the same as well. I just feel a longer iPhone would be weird.
Apple will also introduce its new Dock Connector on the new iPhone. The new port will be a little larger than the bottom speaker or microphone hole on the iPhone 4/4S. It’s believed to have fewer pins than the prior 30-pin Dock Connector, perhaps only 16, and the shape of the hole is apparently closer to a pill shape than the prior rounded rectangle. It will be used on all upcoming devices
I think I could definitely live with an iPhone that looks like this. I could care less if Apple made a drastic overhaul on the design. But adding all these features in an implementation similar to the one iLounge mocked up would be beautiful.
What do you think about the design?