They don’t say for sure that it will be named the iPhone 5. But whatever it’s named, the next generation iPhone will have some major changes, if these rumors hold true.
The details come from Jeremy Horwitz, Editor-in-Chief of iLounge, who doesn’t name his sources. He tells us that the next iPhone will be revealed by Apple this fall. The new iPhone will be longer and thinner, and have a 4″ screen. That would suggest that this iPhone will have a different aspect ratio that previous versions. And a change in the aspect ratio would likely mean lots of iPhone apps will need to be reengineered by their designers to fit the new screen. Will Apple really go that route? We’ll wait and see on that one.
Horwitz says the phone will be 2mm thinner than the previous model, and will be fronted with Gorilla Glass 2. This second generation Gorilla Glass, made by Corning, is 20% thinner than the original Gorilla Glass. So that will account for a small amount of the slimming. He also states that the back side of the phone will be changed. “This panel will be flat, not curved,” wrote Horwitz, “and metal, not ceramic.”
One of the more controversial changes (along with a change in the aspect ratio) will be the possibility of a change in the Dock Connector. The new port will have fewer pins, and the shape will be different. Horwitz says this new connector will be used on all of Apple’s new devices.
iLounge did some image mock ups to show what the new iPhone might look like. They are available here.