Apple’s next-gen iPhone: longer, thinner, 4-inch display, rear metal casing, tiny new Dock Connector, says iLounge

“Whether you call it the ‘iPhone 5,’ the ‘iPhone 6,’ or the ‘iPhone 4G’ — well, maybe not the last one thanks to international regulators — the new iPhone is coming this fall, and we have some details to share,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for iLounge.

“What we’ve learned: 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,” Horwitz reports. “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.”

Horwitz reports, “The change in height will include a lengthening of the prior 3.5” screen to roughly 4” on the diagonal. As the new iPhone won’t widen, this appears to confirm that Apple will change the new iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, adding additional pixels to the top and bottom of the screen… 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 will be used on all upcoming devices, including an update to the iPod touch that’s expected this year, and will almost certainly feature a similarly updated screen and CPU.”

More details and images in the full article here.

24 Comments

      1. just a thought… ok

        What if the new iPhone was the same in almost every way as the iPhone 4s (the same dual antennae patented frame case as before, same dimensions, same a glass front, same battery life
        blah blah blah…) but the back glass is replaced by slab of LiquidMetal.

        Sure we get the 12 Megapixel upgrade and a A6 chip, perhaps even iOS6 and better Siri integration – alright – yet in all your negativity directed to most conceptualizations, I am extremely interested in knowing what you feel and think here – derss

        Will a mere slab of LiquidMetal plate replacing the glass interrupt this constant issue you promote over the radio transparency?

        Then please tell all that you would love to buy this new iPhone because…?

  1. … and if they do that, it will be the first new iPhone model that I don’t immediately spring to buy. The dock connector change would move the phone from an everything-fits-with-everything status, which is a major selling point for iOS devices, to an awkward one-off-family-oddball-device status. Separate charger for my iPad and iPhone? Ugh. That frustration is the territory of the non-iOS crowd. No thanks.

    Further, I DON’T want a wider aspect ratio or a screen that’s hard to navigate with a single thumb while my phone is securely palmed. Not interested.

    These rumors make my blood race, and not in a good way. In a fear that the era of greatness may come to an end kind of way.

  2. A metal panel on the central back? Why? What could possibly be the point, other than to make construction more complicated, by virtue of having joins across between the glass and metal sections, which will probably compromise the structural integrity as well. I really can’t see it, Liquidmetal as a major structural component has been all but ruled out by someone involved with Liquidmetal’s development, at least for another couple of years, so this just sounds implausible.

    1. Please, do not try to convinced me you are engineer.

      Replacing the glass back of a iPhone4s to a metal back is not going to change things as you mention. Total nonsense. Rubbish. The structure is the frame works of the antenna. Presently faces with a retina gorilla glass multi-touch screen and sealed on the back with gorilla glass.

      Replacing the back with metal – liquid metal perhaps is not such a huge change nor there any issues with radio transparency for the simple fact that the structural frame is the antenna. Glass is an insulator and liquid metal composite with ceramic mixture will not disrupt the signal one bit.

    2. Your analysis conceived in your own mind is implausible.
      Open your mind. Apple does not radically change things as you know. Come on dude you are an extremely knowledgeable man and well educated. So open up to possibilities rather then shoot them down.

      Let me clarify. First off, I do not care if the iPhone new will use LiquidMetal or not. But the simple properties that (LM) has, list as scratch resistant, has a natural grip as it is not a slippery surface and is light in weight. There, three points why Apple could use it on the back of iPhone4s today. Thats right, today.

      Furthermore, not that i care much… but the frame of an iPhone4s could also be easily re-designed to be elongated and thinner if wished. Both directional changes could allow for a constant regarding battery life. Elongating the unit could also effectively lead to a taller facing multi-touch screen. So, It’s very plausible to keep everything pretty much the same yet slight enhancements to the existing design which shall keep things fresh and new enough to attract people to buy it.

      1. Oh and one last thing… I know you can envision these things.

        elongating does not need to imply a new connector style. Narrowing the unit would be a disappointment and means the connector would need to be set on the side rather than the bottom, hence if planned to remain at the bottom naturally a new connector is needed.

  3. Doesn’t whatever “new” connector they use have to conform to the “standard” connector that the European’s have decided on? Or can that be just an additional power port? Is the European connector a Mini-USB-like connector?

    1. Don’t worry about that issue Bob.

      Apple will supply the correct plug to adapt to European electrical standards so you are assured the outlet can power the supplied unit and charge the new iPhone that connects by a tinier port.

  4. Dock connector is plausible, IF they make a backward adaptor for old style docks. Face it. It’ll happen someday and that seems the only way it’ll happen. As for the aspect ratio, not a chance it Hades. IF its true, the extra space would be for virtual home bottoms, etc and maybe msyne iTune movie playback, but Apps and developers would still have access to original screen dimensions. This whole article reeks of crud, but here’s my thoughts on how it COULD happen……maybe..,lol.

  5. Saw a prototype of the new iPhone. It was .35mm thick, had a 4.000002″ screen and was able to receive phone calls from the future. I answered a call and it said that there will be a large credit card bill in my future. BTW- it’s made of an edible metal alloy called allumilozenge.

  6. An increase in height of almost half an inch? That would be one weird-looking iPhone! So the next generation of iPhone users will have longer thumbs?

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