Apple Hasn’t Finalized Design Of Next iPhone, Smaller Dock Connector Expected [Rumor]

Apple Hasn’t Finalized Design Of Next iPhone, Smaller Dock Connector Expected [Rumor]

iPhone 5 concept design

Following the site’s report that Apple is planning a 7-inch iPad for an October release alongside the next iPhone, iMore today says that Apple hasn’t finalized the design of its sixth-gen smartphone (commonly referred to as the “iPhone 5’). All of the metal casing and 4-inch display rumors are still up in the air, but Apple has zeroed in on a smaller dock connector, according to iMore.

iMore’s Rene Ritchie at it again:

Despite some rumors to the contrary, according to our sources Apple still hasn’t finalized the design of the next generation iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple ends up calling iPhone 5,1). No giant screen. No 16:9 aspect ratio. No metal back.

Currently, the new, smaller dock connector is being implemented, but no changes to screen size or aspect ratio have been decided on. And yes, it still has a Home button.

Ritchie’s report basically states all of the assumed specs without adding much, expect the reiterated claim that the next iPhone will have a smaller dock connector to replace the current 30-pin setup. The device is also expected to feature LTE networking.

Over the last several months rumors have suggested that Apple will abandon the current 3.5-inch display for a larger 3.7/4-inch display. The argument has also been made that Apple will change the aspect ratio to 16:9 to accommodate the new screen size, but iMore seems to think that the current 3:2 aspect ratio isn’t going anywhere.

It’s common for Apple to work on multiple prototypes for future products with different features and designs. This strategy is the reason rumors can tend to be so all over the place.

Regardless, expect a new iPhone this fall. It may not look incredibly different, but it will probably be awesome and many people will buy it.

  • Oleguer Txdr

    But do you guys actually think this is how the new iPhone is gonna be like? cos I don’t really like it… It looks like an HTC running iOS to me. imo, the iPhone 4 and 4S have a simpler design, and Apple is not going to step backwards with the iPhone 5 design.

  • Aaron

    Apple has two directions they can go: First, they have to adhere to the new European rules about the standardization of the USB connector. Second, they have several years experience making MagSafe connectors for their laptops. Why not use a similar connection on the iPhone?

    My theory is a small MagSafe connector with an available dongle (for Europe) that has the standard USB connector on it.
  • Jonathan Ober

    I have a couple theories on the connector/dock/power – 1) If they want to save space and do a smaller connector then most likely they will make a supplemental connector that hooks into a 30 pin and adds a 30 pin to smaller pin connection. That is if they care about the many many cords that are around and in use and don’t want people throwing out their unused cords. I know in my house we have about six 30 pin to usb cords. 2) I dont think mag safe is going to happen only because it doesnt make sense. The phone isnt heavy enough to lose the magnet connection if someone trips over the wire. The phone would just fly off the desk…unless of course Apple has some other kind of magnet connection up their sleeve that breaks away easier. 3) While I think a redesign is happening I still dont see a 16:9 ratio. Doing this would fragment the already 3:2 ratio developed for their apps let alone the hundreds of thousands of apps in the app store already. And I know someone would say those apps either get stretched (eww) or have black bars I just dont see Apple compromising that way. I do like the mock up a bit, very slimming. Although I think people want thing/small but at what costs? I still feel the 3GS (that my wife is still rocking) is very cheap with it’s plastic backing. The 4/4S just seems strong and feels great in my hand. I just cant imagine using a phone that is slimmer…but maybe some people would.

  • Tallest_Skil

    But do you guys actually think this is how the new iPhone is gonna be like? cos I don’t really like it… It looks like an HTC running iOS to me.

    No, this is just a mockup like the tens of thousands of others. I wouldn’t imagine that any site puts stock in any of the images you’d find.

    …Apple is not going to step backwards with the iPhone 5 design.

    SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIX. But agreed.

  • ApplePr0n

    I am so excused for this. But if this is true then my hope of a WWDC announcement is fading ;(

  • ElmerCat

    I don’t think the MagSafe concept would work for an iPhone connector because it’s, well, …magnetic. The MagSafe connectors on laptops often pick up metallic debris that has to be plucked out. On a pocket-sized device, it’d be picking up small pieces of metal everywhere!

  • RilesPro

    Gawd that thing looks good.. 

    do I get  at iPhone store? How do I unlock? I need Ching chang Mobile
  • technochick

    I am so excused for this. But if this is true then my hope of a WWDC announcement is fading ;(

    based on last years example I would say there is no hope. The only things they might reveal are those things that would be leaked out with the preview of iOS 6. 

    Last year Apple took WWDC back to its software focus and I think that that was intentional and the plan for the future. Also they left MacWorld because they didn’t want to be tied to an arbitrary calendar. That could be another reason they stopped doing the big reveal at WWDC. Now they can announce and release when they are ready and not have to rush the whole thing. Two birds, one stone

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