Report: Next iPhone Will Be Thinner, Longer, Have A Metal Back And Look Like This [Gallery]

Report: Next iPhone Will Be Thinner, Longer, Have A Metal Back And Look Like This [Gallery]

The new iPhone could be a little longer, a little thinner and a lot sexier.

iLounge has had decent luck predicting new iOS devices recently, managing earlier this year to correctly prophesize most of the details about the new iPad (although consensus had pretty much agreed upon them already).

Now iLounge is doing the same for the iPhone 4S, and while they echo a lot of the current speculation about a thinner iPhone 5 with a longer 4-inch display, the professional renders iLounge has put together are absolutely top-notch. This would be an incredibly attractive iPhone.

According to iLounge, the new iPhone will have a longer iPhone display that will increase the length of the phone by about 10mm while keeping the width the same. Making the iPhone bigger in this fashion would allow Apple to fit an LTE chip and more battery into the device, while assuring that the new iPhone can still be used for one-handed texting. It would also be backwards compatible with current iPhone apps, since apps not updated for the new iPhone could simply be letterboxed.

Report: Next iPhone Will Be Thinner, Longer, Have A Metal Back And Look Like This [Gallery]

Another advantage of a longer body is that Apple could make the device thinner. In fact, iLounge believes the new iPhone will be around 20% thinner than the iPhone 4S. They also foresee a sexy metal back, which I think looks absolutely lovely as they envision it in their mockups (and should cut down on back plate shattering). The rest of CoM’s editorial staff says I’m bonkers though, and it’s hideous, so what do I know?

Report: Next iPhone Will Be Thinner, Longer, Have A Metal Back And Look Like This [Gallery]

Finally, iLounge claims — again, echoing earlier reports — that Apple’s finally going to change the Apple Dock Connector so that it’s smaller. The biggest advantage here is that Apple can regain all the space inside of the iPhone that is dedicated to the larger Dock Connector mechanism and cram it with more useful components, like battery.

I’ve been skeptical that I would want a larger iPhone, but barring the weird half-metal back, this device looks great. Sure, the iPhone becomes longer… but it also becomes thinner and gets LTE and better battery life. This is an iPhone I could properly swoon over.

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  • Skywaytraffic

    I kind of don’t like it. Why make it longer and create a weird ass screen ratio? I really hope Apple doesn’t do this. I want to see something new and exciting. Not just a taller iPhone 4.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Horrible idea.

  • Bobby Scruggs

    I like it, but in all honesty id like the iPhone 5 to be wider not taller.  Kinda liking the back of the phone though, but rather have all metal.   I don’t think they will change the dock connector it would screw everyone up i think

  • joewaylo

    I’d prefer an iPhone galaxy note design instead. Minus the pen. 16:9 viewscreen compatible too.

  • mr_bee

    Horrible.  

    I still don’t buy the idea that after all this time Apple will suddenly re-configure the aspect ratio, pixel density, physical size and shape of the screen.  It makes absolutely no sense. 
  • nthnm

    Why does everyone think the next iPhone will by longer? It’s a stupid idea and creates a stupid screen ratio for a phone.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Yeah, I’m not sold on this idea. The back looks inconsistent and doesn’t look like a redesign. It looks like something the iPhone 4S could have had: it looks too similar to the older design, or current design.

  • ApplePr0n

    Sorry, but this would be a disappointment for Apple. And this infatuation with a taller design needs to end. Apple will not simply stretch the phone to give it a 4 inch screen. The edge to edge displays make more sense

  • Lane Jasper

    Great now every iDevice you dock to will be unsupported or useless with the new design (if this is it) unless they provide an adapter, and even then it’s probably sit funny if it’d even work at all. I have an iHone bedside clock/speaker and my 4S won’t work with it, says unsupported with this device or whatever. EVEN though I have a cydia tweak (I’m jailbroken) called “resupported” It still doesn’t work. I say leave the dock connector the same. My 2¢

  • drblank

    Really?  Apple hasn’t released any information, so this is all speculation based on assumptions.  We’ll eventually see what the percentage of accuracy when Apple actually announces the new product.

  • Barton Lynch

    I don’t see why, if they expand the screen, would just make it taller. That helps almost nothing.

    And why does the back look so fugly?
  • Barton Lynch

    Great now every iDevice you dock to will be unsupported or useless with the new design (if this is it) unless they provide an adapter, and even then it’s probably sit funny if it’d even work at all. I have an iHone bedside clock/speaker and my 4S won’t work with it, says unsupported with this device or whatever. EVEN though I have a cydia tweak (I’m jailbroken) called “resupported” It still doesn’t work. I say leave the dock connector the same. My 2¢

    If your 4S already isn’t supported, why does it matter to you? They might as well save some space on the device. 

  • TylerHoj

    I wouldn’t mind having an all glass backing again, just as long as the screen is bigger, at least 4” or I’m sticking with my semi-crappy Lumia 900. Which I’m shocked I even like in the first place because it’s a WP. Go ahead, click the ‘off topic’ button. 

  • Nick Hansen

    i think a full metal back with a black glass apple, like on the back of the imac, would be nicer, the screen ratio would be nice, it’s better this way, for video watching, and it doesnt completely ruin the apps like it would if the phone were to become wider. and for those who are asking why people are suggesting a longer iphone, http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/9/2937265/the-4-inch-iphone-5 

    that is where the idea first originated.
  • bernhardush

    This is just ridiculous.
    Make the phone longer and the dock connector smaller (and incompatible) so that more components can fit in? No. Apple is not known for making compromises like that. And in case you haven’t noticed yet, electronic components continue to become smaller and smaller, so these rumours are just silly.

    And btw, the “new” metal back looks hideous.

  • HerbalEd

    I’m always half amused & half annoyed at how angry and frustrated many people here get over various articles’ “speculation/guessing” about a not-yet-seen  or know new Apple product. Maybe these people have a very wonderful life… or a very boring one …. if this is all they have to complain about …. or maybe they’re just neurotic. 

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