In July, the design specification which claimed to be for the iPhone 5 was reportedly leaked. Chinese case manufacturers seem to be betting on that design as they’ve already started producing cases based on that design document.
In the past case designs have been used to predict the look of iPhones, iPods and iPads.
The designs show manufacturers what areas need to be open or exposed for cases, but reveal little else. Here’s a few top rumors:
1.?The elongated hole for the home button has suggested that the home button may itself also become more oval in shape. That is the direction our designer took as well. It’s also possible, however, that the home button will retain its round shape and Apple has simply allowed extra space for swiping across the home button in a left to right or right to left manner. These’s been some speculation that Apple could allow such a gesture for users to quickly switch between multitasking apps.
2.?The exact screen size is another aspect that was hard to determine on the design drawings alone. Apple has introduced a “swipe down” from the top of the screen notification system in iOS 5 that could benefit from some extra finger-space near the top of the screen in order to properly register. So, it may be that the screen isn’t quite as large as depicted by the cases, and simply Apple allowing for extra space for these swipes. The representation here, however, does show a 4 inch screen which preserves Apple’s current screen ratio. Rumors have suggested that Apple may be enlarging the screen size in the upcoming iPhone models.
3.?The back of the device has tapered edges which makes it look much closer to the iPod touch. As well, there had been?rumors?that Apple would be abandoning the glass backing of the iPhone 4 and instead moving back to an aluminum design.
4.?The final dimensions of the new design are calculated to be: 4.33″ x 2.36″ and .27″ thickness at the top and .21″ at the bottom In comparison, the iPhone 4 dimensions are: 4.5″ x 2.31″ x .37″. So the new design is actually shorter than the existing iPhone 4, but slightly wider and thinner.
Assuming the leaked case designs are accurate, the iPhone 5 should be close in appearance to these renderings. The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September or October of this year.
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