Joshua Schnell, May 3, 2012
If you thought the iPhone 4 was as ugly as sin when Gizmodo published photos before it was released, you’re going to absolutely hate today’s iPhone 5 rumor from iLounge. According to iLounge, the device is going to be taller, thinner, and have an ugly-ass semi-metallic backplate.
Jeremy Horowitz, of iLounge fame, states in a blog post:
[quote]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. 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.[/quote]
In addition to the size differences, iLounge is stating that Apple will also introduce a new, smaller dock connector. Get ready to buy new docks, cases, and iPhone speakers. This version of the new iPhone could be pretty damaging on your pocket book. Also, a bigger screen would mean a new aspect ratio, and ultimately result in yet another resolution for developers to fiddle with to ensure previous generation iPhone users could still use their apps.
For those keeping score, iLounge has been doing these early looks at devices for the last two iPads with varying degress of success. The iPad 3/HD early look that they published was vague enough that it read like a horoscope out of a Sunday newspaper. Their iPad 2 hands on was a lot more accurate than the latest, but still had some holes in it. This iPhone rumor is a lot more specific, including the rumor of a bigger screen, and a “metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone.” That’s a make-or-break type of prediction. Horowitz seems pretty sure of his source, but that being said, last year around this time Joshua Topoolsky was pretty sure the iPhone 4S was actually going to be an iPhone 5 with a tear-shaped body and we all know how that one turned out. Oh, wait, it didn’t.Follow @macgasm