We’ve been bringing readers all the latest news and rumors about the Apple iPhone 5 (or new iPhone) and today it seems that although there have been plenty of leaks about designs and specs Apple hasn’t actually settled on a final design itself yet. We also have more news for you on specs and features.
Among the many things that are being highly speculated for the iPhone 5 are a brand new design, as many were disappointed last October when the iPhone 4S arrived looking exactly the same as its predecessor. We have spoken about how Apple really needs to come up with something entirely new appearance-wise to wow us. Now it appears that no matter what has been speculated so far about what this design may entail (such as the rumored metal back) we may as well forget it as the final design is still up in the air.
This news comes from iMore who point to the fact that Apple makes extensive use of prototypes before making a final decision and that these leaked prototypes become the basis of many design claims, but all are so far unfounded. However iMore also come up with some more details. Discussing the iPhone 5 display it has been widely reported that a larger display is on the way and we think this is something many would like to see. Now iMore sources tell how although a slightly larger display may still appear, it’s not likely to be more than 4-inches.
Although the finished next iPhone is not yet set in stone it looks unlikely that it will have one of the massive displays currently being seen on many new Android handsets and a move to a 16:9 aspect ratio as has been widely discussed, has certainly not been decided. We think a move to a 4-inch display would be a good compromise as a screen that size would be larger enough to make a difference but not so big that it would make a massive difference to the current feel or overall size of the iPhone.
Other details from iMore’s sources are that a smaller dock connector is on the way and that the iPhone 5 will still feature a home button. Also as far as that elusive release date is concerned we’ve told how there are two definite trains of thought about this with some feeling a release in June is likely following WWDC and others tipping a fall release, which we thought was more likely. This latest report asserts that a release is on schedule for October so those who had hoped to get their hands on it in the next few weeks may be unlucky.
An article over on MacRumors also discusses the iMore news and points out the fact that iMore has previously been a reliable source of leaks in the past, such as reporting that the latest iPad would have LTE connectivity. We’re inclined to think then that much of this could well be accurate and we’d like to know what you think of this latest news.
What would you like to see for the next iPhone design? Would you be satisfied by a 4-inch display and what are your thoughts on the iPhone 5 still featuring a home button? Let us know with your comments.