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.