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

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

Posted April 22, 2011 at 7:54pm by iClarified · 50902 views
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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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!
Jack9901 - April 23, 2011 at 3:00pm
THIS Looks like a piece of sh***. I really mean it. I hope it's not like this.
PacMan - April 23, 2011 at 7:56pm
lol it's just a mockup.
Sabtain - April 23, 2011 at 2:00pm
This is a total fake
Jsjsj - April 23, 2011 at 6:55am
One thing u can be sure about all these stupid rumours iC insists in give attention is that they are obviously false because of the screen size. Apple would never design a phone where the screen touch the sides, because holding the phone would touch the screen accidentally with the inside part of your hand.
Tara - April 23, 2011 at 12:05pm
I agree 100%. Also tear drop shape makes no sense for a phone.
Chilangol - May 2, 2011 at 12:59pm
While what you say is in fact a very smart observation you have to remember that we( by we I mean people who think the iPhone is a cool device and pretty much eery iphone user out there) have put up with the antenna gate flaw, we are extremely careful about not dropping our glass phones because they will break and dont even get me started on the proximity sensor problem ( i know people who had to jailbreak their phone just so they could turn off the screen without hanging up while on a call) i think we could or we will put up with having to hold our phones differently so as not to touh the screen by accident
Ranmat - April 23, 2011 at 3:24am
I think it looks kinda ugly...
Damollgee - April 23, 2011 at 1:47am
They should make it easy to jailbreak....
Sam - April 23, 2011 at 1:10am
Ok am getting piss off all the talk about the hardware! We wanna know how the os is gonna different from the past os. How is it gonna compete against Android and windows phone 7 interface! We wanna know about that. Ready to give up on my iPhone 4! the interface is not attractive anymore. After seen all these os interface
MG - April 22, 2011 at 11:17pm
I hope they don't move the display so close to the edge. It's really hard to find a soft case that wraps around the front and stays put since there is so little for it to hold onto. Same with the Otterbox, it's hard to use the edge of the screen since the plastic is right next to it. They would be able to move it back a little bit if there was more space there to move it to.
DanCJ - April 23, 2011 at 4:16am
Yeah - I was thinking the same thing. What I really want is for the screen to be longer, but that would make it a different shape, and I'm not sure I can see Apple doing that.
theWaBBit - April 22, 2011 at 9:50pm
This would be an awsome design.... Since I've got the iphone 4, I'm think i'll skip this year's toy. Would like to see an iphone thats more universal across all cellular networks.
Dodgter - April 23, 2011 at 9:33am
I skipped the 4 and I will be skipping the 5 unless there is some more dramatic improvement or my 3GS crashes
Nick - April 22, 2011 at 8:12pm
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Cool iPod Nerd - April 22, 2011 at 8:11pm
A hopeful thought but this image is very easy to Photoshop and the iPhone 5 should be keeping its improved antenna design, especially after Apple has advertised it so much. A dramatic design change right after the dramatic design change of the iPhone 4 would not be wise, I also don't see how Apple could fit the components of the iPhone into the "Teardrop" design. The iPhone 5 should feature the A5 mobile processor, a white iPhone, iOS 5 similar antenna design and most likely the same screen size (but still not certain until release).
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