While the tech world was largely unaware of what eventually became the iPhone 4S, we have pretty solid evidence of the upcoming Apple smartphone, which has been unofficially labeled the iPhone 5.
Leaked parts point to a largely similar form factor, although in a real turn up for the books, the ever-present 3.5-inch display will become longer – altering the aspect ratio while pushing the diameter nearer the 4-inch mark. Although the Cupertino company isn’t renowned for following a precedent set by Android manufacturers (if anything, it’s the other way round), the iPhone now appears miniature against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note devices, thus it makes sense for Apple to offer consumers a more competitive device in terms of screen real-estate.
Aside from the inevitable implementation of 4G LTE, the parts which have surfaced suggest the tried and tested aesthetics will not be changed significantly, and Bryce Haymond of Blackpool Creative has cooked up a set of high-res 3D renders of the unannounced device based on the aforementioned leaks.
As you can see, it does look the part, and if it does accurately reflect the final design, it will certainly entice the masses once again. Having said that, with so many great, "dreamed up" concepts having treated us over the past few months, I suspect many will be disappointed to see what is essentially an elongated iPhone 4 /4S.
As well as the YouTube clip, there is an archive of more than 70 high-res images for you to drool over, which are linked to at the source link above.
There’s no doubt the iPhone – after five years on the market – is due a larger screen, but with the iPhone 4 being nearly two years old, I would also have thought the Cupertino company would be looking to innovate on the design.
With Samsung overtaking Apple to become the number one smartphone manufacturer, and Windows Phone – buoyed by the Nokia Lumia series – taking the Cupertino’s smartphone crown in the world’s largest market, China, Tim Cook’s company knows the next device will need to carry that "wow" factor in order for the iPhone to re-establish its dominance within the smartphone industry.
WWDC is just days away, but with so long until the purported September / October release, don’t expect to be hearing any official word regarding the eagerly-anticipated device.