iPhone 5 to Get Radical New Teardrop Design, 3.7-inch Display?

iPhone 5 to Get Radical New Teardrop Design, 3.7-inch Display?

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Former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky has heard that the iPhone 5 will get a radical teardrop redesign with a 3.7-inch screen and a home button gesture area.

Our sources say the new model (or at least one of the new designs in testing) looks "more like the iPod touch than the iPhone 4." The phone will be thinner than the iPhone 4, and may have a "teardrop" shape which goes from thick to thin (something along the lines of the MacBook Air profile).

Topolsky notes that the home button is enlarged and doing double duty as a gesture area. The screen is also enlarged and occupies most of the device, meaning almost no bezel.

Our source says the company is doing very "interesting things" with bonded glass technology, and has been exploring designs where the earpiece and sensors are somehow behind the screen itself, making for a device where the display is actually edge-to-edge.

It's estimated that the screen will be 3.7-inches and keep the current resolution giving it a pixel density of 312ppi, 13ppi lower than the current iPhone 4. This density would still qualify as a Retina Display.

A sketch their source provided shows some form of inductive or touch charging.

Our sources can’t confirm whether or not Apple’s working on its own version of cable-free juicing. There’s also a "swipe area" shown in the drawing which appears to be on the bottom and / or top of the device — that could very well be an NFC point, but that’s pure speculation on our part.

Apple is not expected to unveil the iPhone 5 until their fall. Topolsky expects the phone to be a global device which runs on a Qualcomm chip.

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iPhone 5 to Get Radical New Teardrop Design, 3.7-inch Display?

Coose - April 26, 2011 at 10:46am
Can\'t they make it in the shape of a real apple? :) :p The 5 will be like the 4 with a slight physical look change and they will attempt the duo proc like the iPad2. It won\'t be worth the upgrade. The iPad1 didn\'t have a camera in it, why? Well, why else would someone upgrade to the iPad2. Getting tired of the constant device changes and please fuck off with the barrage of software updates Apple!
Solution - April 25, 2011 at 3:29pm
Who made this picture - please run this command: msiexec.exe /X{2001197F-7545-41F7-9078-E8D23B3BBEAF}. Thanks!
Wally - April 24, 2011 at 9:57pm
Slimmer design is cool. Teardrop style unnecessary.
Zahari - April 24, 2011 at 4:33am
I\'m gonna vomit:) This is awful:)
Mo - April 24, 2011 at 3:37pm
Agreed, that\'s most horrible design I\'ve seen!
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