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iPhone 5 a major redesign, sources claim

updated 06:00 pm EDT, Fri April 22, 2011

May use new gesture-ready Home button

The iPhone 5 will be "a completely redesigned handset," say sources for This is my next. One prototype is said to look "more like the iPod touch than the iPhone 4," and show an even thinner design than the current iPhone. It may also use a "teardrop" design on the back, going from thick to thin in the same manner as the MacBook Air.

A supplied sketch is said to depict a new, larger Home button, one which also doubles as a control area for special gestures. The sources moreover add that phone's display should occupy nearly the entire front surface, or even be literally edge-to-edge, thanks to advances in bonded glass. In such a case the earpiece and sensors would be actually located behind the screen, saving space.

In terms of hard numbers the display would go up to 3.7 inches, in contrast with some claims pointing to 4. 3.7 however may allow Apple to continue touting Retina Display resolutions, since even though pixels-per-inch would drop from 326 to 312, it would still be above 300ppi. 300ppi is the minimum threshold at which pixels should be indistinguishable from 12 inches away.

Some other features of the hardware are said to include a "swipe area" near the top or bottom -- which may be related to NFC (near-field communications) -- and possible inductive or touch charging. Wireless charging remains a relatively rare feature with handheld electronics, a major proponent being HP with its webOS devices. Energizer has a charging pad for iPhones.

Whether or not all of the claims are true is considered uncertain, as they come from several different sources, and what may be experimental hardware rather than production-ready devices. Apple regularly produces several prototypes of a given product before settling on one for commercial release. If the iPhone 5 remains so early in development though, it may back reports of a late launch.




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  1. facebook_Noah

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    uh-uh

    NOPE

  1. bobolicious

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    A waterproof 'sport' version...

    ...would be high on my wishlist...?

  1. Salty

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    Not gonna get much thinner

    You're not gonna get much thinner. Maybe a little, I mean they did manage it with the iPad 2, but that doesn't require the device to be able to pull off a phone call. Phone calls take up LOTS of power, as does a BIGGER screen. Yes there would then be more horizontal space so they could make it thinner. But my guess is that if it's thinner it won't be by all that much.

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    Major?

    Looks the same to me. Just another expensive brick without a user replaceable battery.

    Doesn't matter though. The Apple lemmings will stand outside for hours just to touch it when it's released.

    Yawn. Nothing to see here, move along.

  1. facebook_Matt

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    Ugly.

    Worse than the iPhone 4's design. Apple lost their touch last year.

    One thing is for sure, Apple will probably find a way to sue Samsung over it.

  1. msuper69

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    Just make the back flat!

    I really hated it when my iPhone, iPhone 2, and iPhone 3 all wobbled when placed on a flat surface.

    If they can make it as slim as the iPod Touch, that would be sweet!

  1. chas_m

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    Nah

    Even ignoring the ugly-as-sin "model" they came up with, I'd be surprised if that happened.

    Well, let me put that another way: the iPhone *5*, which will come out *IN 2012* might be a bold new design, but the iPhone 4+ (or whatever they're going to call this summer's bump model) won't be.

    Apple spent a LOT of time and money proving that design actually works well, and it's incredibly popular. It's also "new" to Verizon users, and the white model is (finally) coming out later this month, they say.

    So to throw all that under the bus in June for a completely new design? No, I don't think so.

    Much more likely: a faster chip, revised iOS, better camera, unified GSM/CDMA design, or all of those things, but in the same basic design we have now.

  1. DaJoNel

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    Umm...

    So, they would go from a sleek, incredible iPhone 4 in 2010 to an ugly, scratch-prone wedge with a deformed home button. Yeah, that's very likely.

    My take? iPhone 5 will be slightly wider and taller but also noticeably thinner. It will boast a larger screen which will come out to 304 ppi (because they can). The A5 will, no doubt, be present along with a 1080p back camera, and a new 720p FaceTime HD camera. It will double the RAM and offer 64 GB for power users. The back of the iPhone will be scratch resistant aluminum, and the GSM and CDMA phones will be combined into one model.

    Now, didn't I just describe a new iPhone you just can't wait to get your hands on? Thought so. Thanks for the story "This is my next... failure."

  1. DaJoNel

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    One more thing...

    Oh, and you want to know why that looks exactly like a warped iPod touch? Because it is, thanks to Photoshop. Mystery solved.

  1. graxspoo

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    hope so

    I like this mock-up or prototype a lot more than the iPhone 4. I don't like the blockiness of the 4, the way the sharp metal edges feel in the hand. I don't like that the exposed antenna. I don't like the glass back. If the 2011 model has more-or-less the same exterior design as the iPhone 4, I'm waiting until next year to upgrade. It would also make sense for Apple to add some new gestural abilities to move away from double pressing the home button to switch apps.

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