By now most of you have probably scrutinized the “leaked” images supposedly depicting Apple’s next-gen iPhone and have formed an opinion. For the purposes of this article, let’s just assume that the device pictured above is the final design of the iPhone 5. It’s certainly interesting, isn’t it?
This is not the first time we’ve seen this strange design featuring a combination of glass and aluminum. A few weeks ago some mockups and even a physical 3D model (above) appeared online depicting a conceptual device that’s remarkably similar to the today’s leaks. I must admit that when I saw these third-party attempts at designing the iPhone, I found them relatively unappealing. The stark differences and sharp lines between the aluminum and glass on the back looked distinctly un-Apple. I thought there was no way Apple would release a phone looking like that.
However, the latest crop of images leaves me with a much better taste in my mouth. The situation feels similar to the infamous leak of the iPhone 4. When I saw the first pics of the iPhone 4 on Gizmodo’s site, I was not impressed. Inexplicably, though, the finished product had a look and feel to it that didn’t quite come across at first glance.
Again, assuming that the design highlighted today is the final version of the next iPhone, it’s certainly a different direction for Apple to go in; definitely not as minimalist and uniform as previous iPhone designs. That being said, though, I think it’ll offer a welcome change to the iPhone line. It’s a bit more industrial-looking, but the high quality materials, precise unibody cutouts and sleek lines are still unmistakably Apple.
Overall I’d say that I am a fan of this design. I like the way Apple has chosen a darker finish for the metal on the black iPhone, while keeping the shade lighter on the white model. The black model in particular looks classy and fresh.
And of course, we can’t forget about the screen size. I’m surprised that Apple went with a display that is taller but not wider than the current iPhone (which means it has a different resolution and App Store apps will need to be adjusted to display properly), but a larger screen is no doubt a great move both for design purposes and usability.
So, do you guys agree or do you want Apple to continue with the glossy, glass design of the iPhone 4 and 4S? There’s definitely grounds to dislike this design, and I feel as though this is one in particular is sort of a ‘love it or hate it’ thing. Comment below or tweet me here!