Today is not the day to grow tired of iPhone 5 rumors, because a new video has surfaced which appears to confirm that the next iPhone will indeed be larger than previous models, with a new layout of buttons and connectors.
Shown off by parts supplier eTradeSupply on YouTube, this supposed iPhone 5 part appears to show that Apple is indeed increasing the size of its smartphone’s screen from the current 3.5-inches, possibly towards the 4-inch mark. This would bring the device more in line with the competition, with flagship Android devices often sporting screens of 4-inches and above. Is this the a sign that Apple is beginning to look over its shoulder?
Other interesting points to note revolve around how the device is constructed, or at least, how it appears to be.
Current iPhones are constructed using three parts. There is the screen, the metal ‘band’ and the rear plate. If this new part is in fact genuine, then it appears that Apple is moving away from this system instead deciding to reduce the number of parts used. Now, the back plate and the metal band are one and the same, theoretically making the device more rigid but also making it more difficult to get into. If you’re the kind of person who likes to customize their iPhone with a new rear plate, then you may be out of luck.
Also worth noting is that new, smaller Dock connector. The 30-pin Dock connector has been around since the iPod made its appearance, but it seems that Apple is set to redesign how we connect our iPhones to computers for syncing and indeed, charging. All those cables you’ve got lying around the house are about to become obsolete.
Less interesting is the news that the microphone jack seems destined for a new position on the bottom of the device, which may or may not be to your taste.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that Apple is odds-on to change the construction of the new iPhone, whether that larger screen is going to happen or not. With the iPhone 4 and 4S sporting the same industrial design, it is a given that something will change this time around.
We can’t wait.