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Rumor has next iPhone taller, thinner, with flat metal back

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu May 3, 2012

New dock connector may come into effect

The new iPhone will be taller and thinner, and have a flat, primarily metal back, iLounge claims to have learned. Rough dimensions are said to be 125x58.5x7.4mm, adding an extra 10mm in height, while cutting thickness by almost 2mm. The metal will allegedly not cover the entire back but just a middle section, somewhat resembling the look of current iMacs. The claim may reinforce suggestions that Apple is skipping a curved metal back. Most of the rest of the exterior should continue to use glass, possibly Gorilla Glass 2, which can be thinner and continue to have the same strength as the Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 4S.

The extra length will support a larger screen, approximately to a 4-inch diagonal, iLounge claims. This could force app developers to not only accommodate a larger screen but a different aspect ratio, since iLounge also suggests that the new phone will be "virtually identical" in width.

The site also indicates that Apple is moving ahead with a smaller dock connector for the phone. The port is described as using a "pill shape," and being slightly larger than one of the speaker holes on the iPhone 4S. It may also have fewer pins, possibly 16 versus the current 30. Apple is moreover expected to carry the connector over to all future handhelds, including a new iPod touch.

by MacNN Staff




  1. sibeale1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Regression to the Mean

    Good. This balances out the rumors saying it will be shorter, thicker and with different width and a rounded plastic back. Now we really know something.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Longer phone? If they need more screen real estate it needs to be wider as well. I'm much perfer the same form factor as now with a close to edge to edge screen.

    also a new dock connector? That kills many current speaker connections and accessories. This would be a horrible move for a lot of potential upgraders.

  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I dunno

    Something about this long skinny screen makes me cringe. Have you ever been on one of the Android phones that has those nice wide screens? Email is so much easier to read.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is just a click bait rumour. There's no way that Apple's going to change the established aspect ratio. That would effectively grand father every current app and have them look lousy. Every time Apple changes the screen on an existing iOS device they've left the same aspect ratio so apps can be resized. My guess would be if the screen size is changing they'll still call it retina while simply making the screen a bit less sharp yet bigger.

  1. sjkpsu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So the iphone is going to be bigger and the ipad is going to be smaller...whatever

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    little birdie says

    larger screen, same resolution

    you heard it here first!

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