I’m still very skeptical but the rendering looks good, and it keeps it’s Apple device appearance.
Let’s break this down rumor by rumor.
1. Abandoning teardrop design for another glass body.
I never believed in the teardrop design, it’s not very practical and goes against Apples appreciation for symmetry. It is also not practical from a design standpoint seeing that the battery would also have to be a teardrop shape or take up the whole upper portion of the phone making it so top heavy and uncomfortable to hold. You know these are the things Apple thinks about. Where would the components go? And the idea of having curved boards probably scares them more that it does me!
2. Being longer (or taller) than the current iPhone.
It’s possible but not as dramatically depicted in their concept renderings. This would only work if they really did increase the screen size and change the aspect ratio. I’ll get to that.
3. A metal panel on the back.
Are you kidding me? That’s atrocious. They wouldn’t have two different surface types on the back, Apple loves to brag about how beautiful their phones are so it’ll be one consistent surface and it won’t be metal. Why? Having a glass front and a metal back makes for a horrible combination when holding the phone. The feel of metal on your fingers and glass on your thumbs will take away from the experience. It’s especially ugly considering what today’s iPhones look like.
4. Manufactured with Gorilla Glass 2.
I say this is very probable. If they’re using Gorilla Glass now, why wouldn’t they use only the best they have to offer for their phones? It can either be thinner and have equal strength or be the same thickness and be much stronger. In theory, according to the source, the phone could be 20% thinner and you know Apple can’t pass that up. I’d expect thinner glass if they do use Gorilla Glass 2.
5. An increase in screen size to 4 inches.
Don’t we see this one every year? Look, Apple didn’t just throw a dart onto a board with screen sizes to come up with 3.5 inches. Millions went into research for this number, just like any decision made at Apple. The iPhone is a PHONE, that you carry in your pocket. Therefore it is small. iPad is a tablet, large and powerful with a lot of screen to offer. They won’t make the iPhone screen bigger for the same reason they don’t make the iPad smaller. It wouldn’t serve it’s purpose. A 4 inch screen will require two thumbs to use (Like the iPad does now). How practical does that sound for a phone? Apple also likes their developers while hating fragmentation, which is what this screen would create on a smaller scale. All apps would have to be redone. Releasing this phone would mean that in the first month the older iPhones will have their vast library of 500,000+ apps still available while the new iPhone will have maybe 5,000 native apps. Where would Apple’s beloved bragging rights go? “Best app market.” It would become smaller than the market found on the Windows Phone. If you have a full sized tablet available you don’t need a larger phone and if you have a small phone available you don’t need a smaller tablet. Do you see how Apple products work together? They want you to buy both devices and I’m willing to bet that a larger iPhone screen means decreased iPad sales and higher manufacturing prices for the iPhone. Where’s Apple’s win in that?
6. New dock.
I don’t know about you but 16 pins seems like a lesser amount compared to 30… But that’s just me, I’m no genius. I’m not discrediting this one but I just don’t see the point. The 30-pin connector has been a HUGE success at Apple and doesn’t need replacing. Supporting speeds higher than any USB port offers today. A future proof aspect of Apple products, why change it?
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