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New iPhone rumored to be thinner and taller with 4” display

gadgets Updated: May 05, 2012 12:47 IST


A report from Apple-focused technology blog iLounge claims the next-generation iPhone will arrive this fall with an elongated glass-bodied design, a redesigned Dock connector and a 4” or bigger display.

The iPhone rumor mill is heating up as Apple’s annual developer conference, WWDC (June 11-15), draws closer.

While iLounge has correctly reported on unannounced i-device features in the past, the latest set of rumors should definitely be taken with a fist-full of salt.

iLounge says the next-generation device (aka the iPhone 5) will be given a supermodel makeover that will see its profile shrink to 7.4mm (approximately 2mm thinner than the iPhone 4S) and its height increase by 10mm to accommodate a bigger display.

Another major change will be the addition of a new, smaller Dock Connector that will replace the existing 30-pin Dock Connector on the phone.

“The new port will be a little larger than the bottom speaker or microphone hole on the iPhone 4/4S,” said iLounge, “and the shape of the hole is apparently closer to a pill shape than the prior rounded rectangle.”

The blog claims the phone will not sport the long-rumored “teardrop design”; instead it will feature a glass-bodied design with a few major modifications.

iLounge writes that “[a]ccording 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.” Mac blog calls this “bizarre” design feature “dubious” while others agree that it doesn’t fit with Apple’s design aesthetic.

On its latest flagship smartphone, the newly announced Galaxy S III, Samsung opted to keep the hardware design simple so it could focus on an enhanced user interface and new software features.