Apple’s next-gen iPhone: longer, thinner, 4-inch display, rear metal casing, tiny new Dock Connector, says iLounge

“Whether you call it the ‘iPhone 5,’ the ‘iPhone 6,’ or the ‘iPhone 4G’ — well, maybe not the last one thanks to international regulators — the new iPhone is coming this fall, and we have some details to share,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for iLounge.
“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,” Horwitz reports. “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. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic.”

Horwitz reports, “The change in height will include a lengthening of the prior 3.5” screen to roughly 4” on the diagonal. As the new iPhone won’t widen, this appears to confirm that Apple will change the new iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, adding additional pixels to the top and bottom of the screen… Apple will also introduce its new Dock Connector on the new iPhone. The new port will be a little larger than the bottom speaker or microphone hole on the iPhone 4/4S… It will be used on all upcoming devices, including an update to the iPod touch that’s expected this year, and will almost certainly feature a similarly updated screen and CPU.”

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