iLounge: New 4-Inch iPhone to Be Taller, Thinner, Have New Dock Connector

According to iLounge, Apple’s next generation of their iPhone will include a 4-inch display as previously rumored by multiple sources; it will also be taller and 20 percent thinner than the previous generation. The blog claims that Apple’s new smartphone will measure approximately 125 mm by 58.5 mm by 7.4 mm, compared to the current 115.2 mm by 58.6 mm by 9.3 mm. They don’t mention if there’ll be a reduction in weight, but it’s highly possible if the device becomes thinner.

What we’ve learned: the new iPhone will indeed be longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm—a 10mm jump in height, nearly 2mm reduction in thickness, and virtually identical width. According to our source, 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. 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.

One other thing iLounge notes about this new iPhone is that it will be constructed “partially” from Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 to ensure that the glass is just as strong as before, but instead takes up less thickness. This would make sense because Apple has been using the Gorilla Glass technology since the iPhone’s inception back in 2007.

iLounge further claims that the new iPhone will be the first iOS device to incorporate a new type of dock connector that contains fewer pins and is more compact than previous connection cables. They provided a small mockup of what the port for such a dock connector would look like (seen above). It shows that such a change in size could result in something less than the width of the iPhone’s home button, which will be good if Apple really does need to thin out the device a bit.

The port itself — at least in this mediocre amateur mockup — is rather ugly and pointless. I don’t really think they’re going to incorporate such a design, but rather slim  down a Thunderbolt port instead — it makes more sense. If Apple made Thunderbolt the standard for their devices, things would transfer within seconds and you’d never have to worry about syncing your iPhone again since it wouldn’t take nearly as long as it used to over USB.

[iLounge]

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