New iPhone rumors: 20% thinner with 4-inch screen and Gorilla Glass 2

By on May 3, 2012, 3:00 PM

The new iPhone is likely still several months away but information pertaining to the next generation Apple handset is already making the rounds. The latest news on the new iPhone / iPhone 5 / whatever you want to call it comes courtesy of iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz.

The editor claims that Apple has abandoned the long-rumored teardrop design that most thought would be introduced on the iPhone 4S. Instead, we are told to expect another glass-bodied design that’s somewhat similar to what’s already available on the current generation smartphone. Speaking of glass, Apple will be using Gorilla Glass 2 on sections of the phone. This second generation glass is just as strong as the original but in a thinner sheet.

The new iPhone is expected to be longer and thinner than the 4S, measuring in at roughly 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.7mm. These dimensions make the phone about 10mm taller than the 4S and roughly 2mm thinner while the width is largely unchanged. As a result of the increased height, the phone will ship with a 4-inch screen and for the first time since the original iPhone, there will be a new aspect ratio.

The back of the phone will be a departure from the norm as well. iLounge says that Apple will be adding a metal panel to the middle of the back. The panel will be completely flat and made of metal, not ceramic.

The final big change is a new dock connector. This was rumored to be included on the new iPad but that never actually happened. The new connector is said to be slightly larger than the speaker holes on the iPhone 4 and 4S and look more like a small pill with rounded edges. The change will start with the new iPhone and eventually encompass all iOS devices moving forward.




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Guest said:

A different aspect ratio strikes me as extremely unlikely. This would case massive incompatibility issues with all previous apps.

Guest said:

which is why apps are updated =P

or they may do what they did for AIO apps like tap tap revenge, and add a increase size button.

like the iPad has a small button on the bottom right of the app which goes from the size if the iPhone, and opens the app bigger to take up majority of the iPad's larger screen.

captainawesome captainawesome said:

@TS, why no news on the Galaxy S3? And GTX690 ? I never even knew those were launching untill I went over to engadget

bexwhitt said:

the iphone screen will not be bigger unless they go for 2 sizes, the 3.5 size has been a cash cow they would be crazy to ditch that

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

@TS, why no news on the Galaxy S3? And GTX690 ? I never even knew those were launching untill I went over to engadget

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doradhorror said:

It better have a 720p screen or else they'll be behind in the smartphone market. Samsung Galaxy S3 is gonna kick butt.

Guest said:

This actually seems likely to me. They have to increase the volume of the phone in general in order to fit the LTE tech that's needed and the larger accompanying battery. If the phone has the same width but a longer length (which appears to be what's in the picture) it would actually be very easy to incorporate apps that haven't yet been upgraded to the new aspect ratio - place black bars on either end. It would be a temporary solution until apps are upgraded to the new aspect ratio, but I imagine it would be rather elegant.

Jibberish18 said:

which is why apps are updated =P

or they may do what they did for AIO apps like tap tap revenge, and add a increase size button.

like the iPad has a small button on the bottom right of the app which goes from the size if the iPhone, and opens the app bigger to take up majority of the iPad's larger screen.

Yeah? And you don't realize that when Apple made BOTH of it's Retina displays (iPhone 4 and Next iPad) they kept the same aspect ratio to keep from developers having to redevelop everything.

I just hope they don't make the screen that tall. One of the things that makes the current iPhone 3.5" look bigger than it actually is, is it's width. Nokia had a 3.2" on it's 5800 and it look small because it was tall. At the same time my Optimus has a 3.2" screen that's wider and it actually looks bigger than it really is.

Guest said:

Is that all you got Apple, boy that iPhone better be packing some serious hardware inside. But knowing Apple it will be just below average in specs.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Why is the home button still there ffs

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Steve Steve said:

Looks like a lot of iPhone glass to smash.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

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Well, to be fair. At the time he posted asking why, those articles weren't up.

Inarius03 said:

20% more AMAZING and INNOVATIVE! *hurl*

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