What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

Will the iPhone 5 look something like this?

Almost every tech publication there is has been claiming that the next iPhone will have a 4-inch screen, culminating with the Wall Street Journal‘s report today basically confirming it, but there’s still a lot of debate over how Apple will make the screen larger without bringing on a lot of extra bulk to the device. Should they make it taller? Wider? What about making room for LTE?

Here are 12 cool iPhone 5 concepts that envision what Apple’s next iPhone might look like. If you want to know what we think, though, check out this opinion piece we wrote for Wired on why we think the 4inch iPhone makes a lot of sense.

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

iPhone SJ

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

iPhone 5 LM

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

Das Neue iPhone 

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

Gizmodo:Nak iPhone 5

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

The Impossibly Thin iPhone 5

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

ADR Studio 

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

Render Creativity Liquid Metal iPhone

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

Ciccarese Design

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]
Fuse Chicken

What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

iPhone+
What Will The 4-Inch iPhone 5 Look Like? Here Are 12 Possible Designs [Gallery]

4-inch iPhone 5 next to iPhone 4S

  • Ben Ward

    Loving the first mockup!

  • thekris1234
    1. Style looks horrific and uncomfortable to hold
    2. One of the better designs. But the Apple logo ruins it
    3. What’s with the huge base under the button?
    4. I wouldn’t mind Apple going with an iPad looking phone.
    5. I don’t think Apple are in the market for stealing the Sony Experia design
    6. Looks like a piece of cardboard
    7. Doesn’t look like an Apple phone and the back looks ridiculous
    8. About 30 steps back in design
    9. Magic Mouse with a screen on it
    10. Wide home button. Just no. Black Edge. Just no
    11. Looks like something HTC would make
    12. Would be happy with that but would prompt anger of “Why no design”
    Number 4 please.
  • Tallest_Skil
    1. Completely idiotic design. How stupid do you have to be to want a tapered phone? Don’t get me started on the screen.

    2. I sort of like it, but the name is idiotic (SJ).

    3. I sort of like it, but the name is idiotic (LM).
    4. I REALLY like the design, but the software is idiotic and the side bezel is too small.
    5. Are you kidding me? It’s a frigging brick. This isn’t 1997.
    6. That’s not even a design. It’s a piece of frigging paper. CoM is getting pathetic.
    7. The worst design of the bunch. Whoever designed a phone with a bulge in the back middle needs to be fired. This isn’t a design, this is a sin against usability.
    8. I rather like it. Though from one angle it looks too bubbly, the others make it look really good!
    9. Come on, idiots. Magic Mouse design? COME ON.
    10. Pure stupid.
    11. Even more stupid.
    12. Absolutely no thought put into it at all. How. Stupid. Do. You. Have. To. Be. To. Want. A. Taller. Screen.

    Give me #4. It’s really pretty gorgeous. Just don’t screw up the software like that. Though it’s Apple, so I don’t even need to say that.

  • thegraphicmac

    I actually like the Ciccarese Design – it looks like the Magic Mouse on a diet. Holding the Magic Mouse upside down is actually comfortable with the curved back.

  • Flyphoenix

    All these designs are ugly especally the magic mouse.

  • ApplePr0n

    The nicest looking one is the 2nd one. The SJ name is dumb, but the design is nice

  • joewaylo

    I’d go for a blend of 1 3 4 6 7 11 and 12.

    • Widgets like Facebook and Twitter
    • LiquidMetal
    • News widgets like Facebook and Twitter even others like CNN
    • Impossibly Thin
    • Home button is merged into the glass as a capacitive
    • New lock screen with weather
    • Dual flashed camera
    • Mini iPhone jack No jack at all. PowerMat charged and wireless transmitting audio into FM stereo AirPlaying
       
  • rogifan

    All of these are pretty crap.  Nothing we’d see from Apple’s ID team.
    Is it legal to create a mockup and have the words “designed by Apple in California” on the back?

  • baby_Twitty

    Nope, sorry, the new iPhone ‘5’ (or 6) will NOT have a curved or tapered or ‘tear-drop’ back.

    The iPhone is a very compact device. The tapered edges would simply leave too much freespace (inside the shell of the tapered edges), and Apple HATE wasted-space on their compact devices. Thats why they are going back to the box design in iPhone 5 to maximize space-ultilization, and are also pushing for Nano-sim card implementation.
    The most probable design would be something that look like this:
     
    With a minimal, flat back.

    You might argue why the ipad 2 and new iPad have tapered edges. Well that is because they have room to spare after covering up the giant batteries and circuit board etc etc… But they needed to retained the dimension of the bezel on the front which is crucial for users to hold on to while reading and surfing the net on the iPads. Thus on the back, they carve out the edges so that the iPads look thinner & sleeker. However, on the iPhone, Apple cannot afford such luxury. Any, and EVERY tiny pocket of space in the iPhone is precious and will be fully ultilised. Thus, the ‘box’ design will remain.

  • Oleguer Txdr

    Why are there so many widgets?? I don’t think Apple will create an Android-like iOS 6.

    In my opinion the best designs are the 4th and the 6th (this one would be awesome)
  • kobe_3002

    Correction: iPhone 6

    Why is everyone dubbing this the iPhone 5? We already have the 5th generation of the iPhone and iOS 5. Next iOS to come out will be iOS 6…doesn’t that lead to an iPhone 6 and not the 5?
    Either way, the Fuse Chicken iPhone looks great, but the most realistic looking one would have to be the iPhone LM…obviously it won’t be made of Liquid metal, but it looks great.
  • Edgar Rios
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    nope
    :C get here already october 
  • Tallest_Skil
    The most probable design would be something that look like this:
     

    A unibody iPhone… cut from a single piece of aluminum…

    I love it. And unlike many of these designs, it’s physically possible. I can see in my mind the procedure taken to get the components into it… 
    Dear heavens, that’s gorgeous. And the edges would be like the current MacBook Pro and iMac, I imagine? Yes, I do very much enjoy this.
  • technochick

    Nope, sorry, the new iPhone ‘5’ (or 6) will NOT have a curved or tapered or ‘tear-drop’ back.

    I agree about the teardrop but I disagree that there is no way that it might not have a slightly curved back. Anything is possible with Apple. 

    That said, I suspect that the iPhone (6th Gen) will look like the 4 and 4s but thanks to new tougher and thinner glass the thickness of the top piece will be reduced so that it doesn’t rise above the metal band as much if at all. Perhaps the same for the back glass with maybe a slight tapering of the edges. Otherwise there will be no changes
  • Lars Pallesen

    You may want to check out Apple’s patent for new battery shapes that can be curved and thus fill up the space of a curved enclosure.

    Nope, sorry, the new iPhone ‘5’ (or 6) will NOT have a curved or tapered or ‘tear-drop’ back.
    The iPhone is a very compact device. The tapered edges would simply leave too much freespace (inside the shell of the tapered edges), and Apple HATE wasted-space on their compact devices. 

    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/01/apple-to-redesign-battery-shapes-for-future-thinner-devices.html

  • lambaline

    Last one looks closest

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