iPhone 5 to Be Thinner With Bigger Screen
A "confirmed" report says the new iPhone will feature a larger screen, smaller connecting dock and Gorilla Glass 2.Another day, another report on Apples highly anticipated iPhone 5, this time from Mac blog iLounge, which claims via a reliable source to have confirmed details of a thinner, longer smartphone sporting scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 on the front, a metal panel on the back and a roughly 4-inch screen, larger than the 3.5-inch screen found on the current edition of the iPhone. In addition, the next iPhone will have a smaller dock connector with fewer pins and will be roughly 20 percent thinner than the iPhone 4. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mma 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width, the article said. 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.
Should Apple really switch to a widescreen 16:9 orientation, they could use the extra space to, say, render banner notifications unobtrusively, right above the running app, suggested the Apple blog iDownloadblog. Another solution: drop the physical home button and replace it with a virtual counterpart occupying extra space at the screen bottom.