Over the past few weeks, and months… Scratch that. Since the day the iPhone 4S was launched we’ve heard a lot of speculation regarding the next iPhone. Whether it will be called the iPhone 5, iPhone 6 or simply “The New iPhone” is a mystery, and frankly doesn’t matter. It’s what’s inside the next flagship Apple device that’s of real significance.
So far we’ve read and heard about a 4-inch display, NFC technology, unibody Aluminum design, LTE and the A5X/A6 processor. iLounge – today – claims to have some new information from a source, and has drawn up some digital renders to go along with it.
According to the site’s source, it will be a similar design to the current iPhone, but with some improvements. It will still be flat and rectangular, but feature an Aluminum back panel. (Looks a little like the iMac range.) It will, allegedly, also feature a 4-inch display, making the phone longer (125mm long vs. 115mm). From the concepts, it looks as though display will stick with the same width, giving it a more “widescreen” look. The extra length means that Apple can rearrange the internals to make the phone thinner. And, according to the speculation, it will be around 2mm slimmer.
It could also feature the “micro-dock” connector that Apple has been working on for a little while now. This smaller proprietary connection will – again – save a lot of internal space, while keeping the performance of the iconic 30-pin connector.
I’ll be a little disappointed if Apple doesn’t change the flat back for a more comfortable one, but, I can completely understand that Apple’s design ethos is to stick with what it believes is better. At least it shouldn’t be as slippery, or easily damaged if it does have a metal panel. One positive at least: bigger display. It needs one, and the more time I spend with the One X, the more I think anything over 4.5″ is too big for easy, day-to-day, one handed use. 4-inches should be plenty.
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