New iPhone Rumors: Thinner, Taller and Metal

The new iPhone is to be longer and thinner than the previous model and will reportedly feature a new dock connector, a report claims.

Apple recently announced its 2012 Worldwide Developer's Conference, so it's only natural that a new wave of iPhone rumors appeared. Photo: Peter Engman/Flickr

According to the blog iLounge, the new iPhone will be longer and thinner than previous iPhone models .”Approximate measurements are 125 mm by 58.5 mm by 7.4 mm – a 10 mm jump in height, nearly 2 mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width,” a source told the blog.

“Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone,” the source continued. “This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic. Our artist’s rendition provides a rough idea of what this change will look like; it echoes the current-generation iMac design, to be sure.”

However, not quite the “brick house” will be returned to the device. Instead of the “teardrop” shape, the insider said that Apple will stick with a glass-bodied design made partially of thinner, stronger Gorilla Glass 2, writes The Daily Life.

This report seems to fit with a spate of other recent ones that the new device will reportedly feature a larger screen, comparable to much of the competition on the market today.

The iPhone getting longer with no shift in width would mean a change in aspect ratio. And according to the iLounge report, this would add pixels to the top and bottom of the screen, which could affect third-party software. So applications would need to be redesigned to work on a new aspect ratio.

“According to our source,” the blog reads, “Apple will make one major change to the rear casing, adding a metal panel to the central back of the new iPhone. This panel will be flat, not curved, and metal, not ceramic.”

Is this “metal panel” the same as Liquidmetal that everyone was writing about just a couple of weeks ago? After all, it’s shiny like glass and looks has a steel color. And the iPhone 5 – or whatever its moniker is to be – would be able to withstand drops a bit more successfully.

There have been some claims LiquidMetal alloys have been used in batteries and (wait for it) inside the SIM removal tool, but these are unverified and in any case don’t seem especially good uses of such expensive technology.

“LiquidMetal is a mix of several different metals, allowing the phone to be more durable while giving it a liquid-like exterior feel. Light like plastic but durable like aluminum, LiquidMetal would allow the phone to weigh less and have a thinner profile,” Mashable explains.

LiquidMetal announced it started shipping its first commercial parts in December of last year. “We are very excited about the use of amorphous alloy technology to deliver stronger, lighter, and more corrosion resistant parts to our customers in varying industries globally,” CEO Tom Steipp said in a press release.

“These initial shipments represent a significant milestone in our efforts to provide a new class of materials for our customers to consider when designing complex parts.”

When will we see this new bauble from Apple? If the current rumor mill is correct, it’s going to be available in September or October.

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