New iPhone 5 Rumors Reveal Flat Back, Other Features

May 3, 2012

Although nearly all iPhone 5 rumors seem to agree on one thing (the presence of 4G LTE), there’s still a bit of a disagreement on what the new iPhone will look like. In yesterday’s article we showed you an iPhone 5 design concept that we thought gave a good look at what the new iPhone may look like—but as we pointed out, this may not happen. And according to a new report, the iPhone won’t get the tear drop or curved shapes we’ve reported on in the past.

The report, based on rumors and other info, and released by iLounge this week, says that the new iPhone will indeed have a 4 inch display. That news shouldn’t come as a surprise, as we’ve heard talk of this for the past several months now. What’s interesting about the display is the aspect ratio as it’s reportedly going to be 16 x 9, which is the same as HDTVs. That means the iPhone 5 display should be even better than that which is found on the iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5

As for the shape of the device—it’s reportedly going to have a flat back made of some sort of metal material. Most likely that material will be Liquidmetal…though, again, that’s definitely not a given at this point. It just looks pretty likely given what we’ve been hearing.

One other thing mentioned by the report is that the new iPhone will be getting a new dock connector. Now, we’ve of course reported on the new iPhone getting a micro dock connector, but it hasn’t been mentioned much in recent reports. With this new report mentioning it (though they didn’t say if it’ll be the micro dock connector or something similar instead), it would seem that Apple is definitely planning on re-working the dock connector for the new iPhone.

Another thing talked about in the report is the actual size of the ne w iPhone. The iPhone 5 will apparently have dimensions of 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm. That’s slightly taller than the iPhone 4S, but also slimmer than the device.

So, readers, what do you think of this report? Does this sound like an iPhone 5 you would buy?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

DaveD May 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My wife just bought the 4S last fall, and major upgrade from her 3. I held onto to my 4 and will wait for the next gen. Although the faster processor and much better camera made the 4S tempting. However, I didn't want to burn my upgrade option with AT&T with the 5 looming on the horizon. A bigger screen would make the upgrade a "no brainer" (I hate that phrase but it fits). To me, a larger iphone screen would make buying the overpriced Ipad even less likely (I'm am a huge Apple fan so easy critics). Ipad is fine for a non-iphone owner but for $700 this iphone owner has already "been there done that" (hate that too). It'll be interesting to see what else Apple bakes into their latest offering.


Tom May 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Enough of the roomers just release the darn thing.


Curtis May 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Could the new iPhone also get a thunderbolt port.


iPhone5+6-3+4-7 May 13, 2012 at 10:43 pm

As nice is it would be, it's very unlikely that the new iPhone will get a thunderbolt port. This is because Intel was heavily involved with the Thunderbolt concept and development, but they're practically not at all involved with the iPhone. Nothing is set in stone, but the likelihood is that there won't be a thunderbolt port on an iDevice until Intel begins to get involved in some way.


tommy May 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

NO! I want my iphone 5 to be waterproof but look the same as the Iphone 4s


iPhone5+6-3+4-7 May 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

The new iPhone probably won't look the same as the iPhone 4s. If that's the case, if you don't like the new design, you can always waterproof the iPhone 4s with a waterproof case or something like Liquipel. Liquipel offers pretty much invisible waterproofing for your iPhone and other devices if that's what you want.


Michelle Canever May 16, 2012 at 7:00 am

Great point! The Liquipel option is a great one for anyone who wants that extra layer of protection, just in case the new iPhone doesn't come with Liquipel or a similar technology.


Rille May 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Well, making the iPhone higher and not wider will be good for movies and such but hardly for making a comfortable "one hand" writing using the virtual keyboard. It's simply not wide enough. Maybe it's just me?


iPhone5+6-3+4-7 May 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

If the screen of the iPhone was only affected by becoming taller, the width of the screen would most likely remain the same. Apple will probably keep the virtual keyboard the same size, and just show more of the document/webpage/whatever is being typed on. I personally think that would be better because it would allow the same "one hand" writing that most people like, while allowing you to see more of what you're typing about.


Mike May 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

who the hell wants a thunderbolt port. If you want that junk go with android!!!


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