The New iPhone: Size, Screen + New Connector (Plus iPod touch)

The New iPhone: Size, Screen + New Connector (Plus iPod touch) 1

Whether you call it the “iPhone 5,” the “iPhone 6,” or the “iPhone 4G”—well, maybe not the last one thanks to international regulators—the new iPhone is coming this fall, and we have some details to share. They match and expand upon details we received back in March, suggesting that Apple is abandoning the long-rumored “teardrop-shaped iPhone 5” in favor of another glass-bodied design.

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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.

 

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Note that the new iPhone is expected to be made partially from Gorilla Glass 2, which can be manufactured thinner with identical strength to the earlier iPhones’ Gorilla Glass, or at the same thickness with greater strength. The change in height will include a lengthening of the prior 3.5” screen to roughly 4” on the diagonal. As the new iPhone won’t widen, this appears to confirm that Apple will change the new iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007, adding additional pixels to the top and bottom of the screen. A change of this sort took place between the fourth and fifth generations of the iPod nano, but didn’t impact any third-party software. This obviously will.

 

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Apple will also introduce its new Dock Connector on the new iPhone. The new port will be a little larger than the bottom speaker or microphone hole on the iPhone 4/4S. It’s believed to have fewer pins than the prior 30-pin Dock Connector, perhaps only 16, and the shape of the hole is apparently closer to a pill shape than the prior rounded rectangle. It will be used on all upcoming devices, including an update to the iPod touch that’s expected this year, and will almost certainly feature a similarly updated screen and CPU. Will Apple call it the “new iPod touch,” just like the “new iPad,” and most likely, the “new iPhone?” Or is it finally time to just call it the “new iPod?”

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  1. Give me a 4+ inch screen and I’ll come back home to iOS. The current 3.5 incher is too small for my old self,…

  2. To all of those about to lose their lunch over the thought of implementing a new Dock Connector to the iPhone 5…

    We can all probably agree that Apple has put forth a tremendous effort to make the use and maintenance of their devices as efficient & effortless as possible. Therefore, they have not given us any reason to believe that they will do anything less in the future.

    I am pretty sure we have seen similar instances happen in the past with other common products and have hardly suffered due to a wonderful tool called an ADAPTOR. I would not be surprised if one came with every iPhone or was offered for an exrta $10 upon purchase.

    Considering how often the majority of iPhone/Pad/Pod users update to the next best thing, the excruciating turmoil (as you make it out) of using one of your free USB ports for the new cord will be about a year. Be honest with yourself, how often is it ever plugged in anyway?
    If you are only charging it, then using the new wall charger should be no different than any other device’s charger and your iPods/Pads can still be connected to your computers with their old cords.
    If it is plugged into your computer, then you are probably not using your iTouch for apps & music b/c you can just use the phone.
    God forbid you are one of the unfortunate souls who are trying to plug in both an iPad/Pod & iPhone into your computer at the same time and have to use BOTH of your USB ports (which you would be doing any way).

    The people running that company are a lot smarter than you or I and probably have a good plan. If you are as big of Mac fans as you make yourselves out to be, you should have learned by now to trust in Apple innovation & ingenuity.

  3. To all of those about to lose their lunch over the thought of implementing a new Dock Connector to the iPhone 5…

    We can all probably agree that Apple has put forth a tremendous effort to make the use and maintenance of their devices as efficient & effortless as possible. Therefore, they have not given us any reason to believe that they will do anything less in the future.

    I am pretty sure we have seen similar instances happen in the past with other common products and have hardly suffered due to a wonderful tool called an ADAPTOR. I would not be surprised if one came with every iPhone or was offered for an exrta $10 upon purchase.

    Considering how often the majority of iPhone/Pad/Pod users update to the next best thing, the excruciating turmoil (as you make it out) of using one of your free USB ports for the new cord will be about a year. Be honest with yourself, how often is it ever plugged in anyway?
    If you are only charging it, then using the new wall charger should be no different than any other device’s charger and your iPods/Pads can still be connected to your computers with their old cords.
    If it is plugged into your computer, then you are probably not using your iTouch for apps & music b/c you can just use the phone.
    God forbid you are one of the unfortunate souls who are trying to plug in both an iPad/Pod & iPhone into your computer at the same time and have to use BOTH of your USB ports (which you would be doing any way).

    The people running that company are a lot smarter than you or I and probably have a good plan. If you are as big of Mac fans as you make yourselves out to be, you should have learned by now to trust in Apple innovation & ingenuity.

  4. 4 inch screen is coming along with a higher resolution and 4G LTE. They are not keeping the same pixel density as the 3.5 inch. Remember that there was supposed to be chaos with the retina display in 2010 and developers had it supported within days.

    What I like about this is that I love the 4s size, the 3g service is tolerable and battery life is great. I will have it for a while, and not be as interested to jump to the 5 just yet. Maybe in a year… I had a 4g LTE android and the only thing it was good for was streaming videos faster…along with draining the battery just as fast.

  5. 4 inch screen is coming along with a higher resolution and 4G LTE. They are not keeping the same pixel density as the 3.5 inch. Remember that there was supposed to be chaos with the retina display in 2010 and developers had it supported within days.

    What I like about this is that I love the 4s size, the 3g service is tolerable and battery life is great. I will have it for a while, and not be as interested to jump to the 5 just yet. Maybe in a year… I had a 4g LTE android and the only thing it was good for was streaming videos faster…along with draining the battery just as fast.

  6. B – it is not about using a separate cable to plug into my computer it is about the fact that I have invested a lot of money on speaker docks with the 30 pin connector and have no intention of adding an adapter them (my phone sits perfect in them and an adapter makes it look stupid and make it unstable – if you add an istubz adapter to a dock your phone looks terrible on it) … imho new dock = fail = short apple stock because it will dump.

  7. I’ll be disappointed if they just change the dock port around without making it better. I’d like to see something that is sealed, maybe optical with contact transference for charging, with the connector magnetically sticking in place like the power cords on their laptops. Also I’d like to see it Thunderbolt compatible.

    Changing aspect ratio might be a bit annoying but developers are already used to the iPad having a different aspect ratio and Apple is never shy about just changing things. And they can depreciate the current aspect ratio so going forward developers can expect to only have to deal with a certain number of aspect ratios again.

  8. B – it is not about using a separate cable to plug into my computer it is about the fact that I have invested a lot of money on speaker docks with the 30 pin connector and have no intention of adding an adapter them (my phone sits perfect in them and an adapter makes it look stupid and make it unstable – if you add an istubz adapter to a dock your phone looks terrible on it) … imho new dock = fail = short apple stock because it will dump.

  9. I’ll be disappointed if they just change the dock port around without making it better. I’d like to see something that is sealed, maybe optical with contact transference for charging, with the connector magnetically sticking in place like the power cords on their laptops. Also I’d like to see it Thunderbolt compatible.

    Changing aspect ratio might be a bit annoying but developers are already used to the iPad having a different aspect ratio and Apple is never shy about just changing things. And they can depreciate the current aspect ratio so going forward developers can expect to only have to deal with a certain number of aspect ratios again.

  10. Well…was planning on adding a couple of these to my collection of Apple gadgets but the new connector might squash the expansion. Don’t want to have different charging cords.

  11. Well…was planning on adding a couple of these to my collection of Apple gadgets but the new connector might squash the expansion. Don’t want to have different charging cords.

  12. I think is more likely than a lot of the other rumors. I never believed it would be some crazy teardrop completely different looking phone. It’ll be super similar, just perhaps bigger and wider. We’ll see! Coming soon. Psyched.

  13. I think is more likely than a lot of the other rumors. I never believed it would be some crazy teardrop completely different looking phone. It’ll be super similar, just perhaps bigger and wider. We’ll see! Coming soon. Psyched.

  14. @B #31- I totally agree. If you’re truly an apple enthusiast, you’ll trust that the big boys in charge know what direction they’re taking the company, and won’t make stupid design changes for no reason. Personally, unless there’s a good reason for changing the dock size (i.e. better speed, or they need more room inside to fit a bigger battery etc..), I don’t like the idea of changing sizes. As far as the screen size goes, I’m ready for a change to the iPhone, though, I’m not yet sure what I think about the 16:9 ratio idea. If they go with it, I’ll buy it. If they don’t go with it, I’ll buy it. I just kinda love Apple and what they’ve always done. My only worry is that with the change in leadership, they might lose sight of the traditional Apple theme: clean, smooth, simple.

  15. @B #31- I totally agree. If you’re truly an apple enthusiast, you’ll trust that the big boys in charge know what direction they’re taking the company, and won’t make stupid design changes for no reason. Personally, unless there’s a good reason for changing the dock size (i.e. better speed, or they need more room inside to fit a bigger battery etc..), I don’t like the idea of changing sizes. As far as the screen size goes, I’m ready for a change to the iPhone, though, I’m not yet sure what I think about the 16:9 ratio idea. If they go with it, I’ll buy it. If they don’t go with it, I’ll buy it. I just kinda love Apple and what they’ve always done. My only worry is that with the change in leadership, they might lose sight of the traditional Apple theme: clean, smooth, simple.

  16. The first thing one has to remember is that, eventually, the US will be adopting the same methodology as Europe, in that every connector will have to be standard. I am pretty sure this is where Apple is heading (if they are) with this new adapter schema.

    Like everyone else on this forum, I have owned every Apple product made that uses the 30-pin connector-many multiple versions or pieces. I probably have an extra 8 or so 30-pin connectors lying around in case I need to have one for on the go. I am pretty sure Apple is going to have something so that you will be able to use legacy technology (speakers etc.) with the new (again if they are) dock port.

    The interesting thing, to me, is that with this new design, Apple is/may be able to change the transfer rates. Now, no spec is published for any of this. Thunderbolt? I’d LOVE to see it, but it is a HUGE port. Unless they are building a different spec for that, I don’t see that happening. New USB 3 connectivity? Now, that is a possibility – even with a proprietary port. I would love to think that the change in design on this port means we are going to be getting much faster transfer speeds. One of the saddest days of my life was the day they got rid of FireWire on the iPods. 🙁 And, 3 days before that announcement, I had just purchased a brand new FireWire 800 – 30 pin adapter for my Nano… ugh… would really like to think this change means faster transfer rates.

    That’s just my 2 Cents!

  17. The first thing one has to remember is that, eventually, the US will be adopting the same methodology as Europe, in that every connector will have to be standard. I am pretty sure this is where Apple is heading (if they are) with this new adapter schema.

    Like everyone else on this forum, I have owned every Apple product made that uses the 30-pin connector-many multiple versions or pieces. I probably have an extra 8 or so 30-pin connectors lying around in case I need to have one for on the go. I am pretty sure Apple is going to have something so that you will be able to use legacy technology (speakers etc.) with the new (again if they are) dock port.

    The interesting thing, to me, is that with this new design, Apple is/may be able to change the transfer rates. Now, no spec is published for any of this. Thunderbolt? I’d LOVE to see it, but it is a HUGE port. Unless they are building a different spec for that, I don’t see that happening. New USB 3 connectivity? Now, that is a possibility – even with a proprietary port. I would love to think that the change in design on this port means we are going to be getting much faster transfer speeds. One of the saddest days of my life was the day they got rid of FireWire on the iPods. 🙁 And, 3 days before that announcement, I had just purchased a brand new FireWire 800 – 30 pin adapter for my Nano… ugh… would really like to think this change means faster transfer rates.

    That’s just my 2 Cents!

  18. @Tyler ·37: Just commenting on what you said: “My only worry is that with the change in leadership, they might lose sight of the traditional Apple theme: clean, smooth, simple.”
    Honestly I haven’t seen anything stupid done by new leadership (i.e. Tim Cook) so hopefully we will stay on the right track, but sure he still has time to do something stupid 🙂
    In any case, when you think of design you have to think to Johnny Ive for the hardware design and a few other for the SW, and those people are still there and still have their weight/power on future design and decisions.
    Unfortunately Steve Jobs is no longer there, but there are a lot of people who worked with him who are still there, so hopefully they won’t let the apple style and design disappear….

  19. @Tyler ·37: Just commenting on what you said: “My only worry is that with the change in leadership, they might lose sight of the traditional Apple theme: clean, smooth, simple.”
    Honestly I haven’t seen anything stupid done by new leadership (i.e. Tim Cook) so hopefully we will stay on the right track, but sure he still has time to do something stupid 🙂
    In any case, when you think of design you have to think to Johnny Ive for the hardware design and a few other for the SW, and those people are still there and still have their weight/power on future design and decisions.
    Unfortunately Steve Jobs is no longer there, but there are a lot of people who worked with him who are still there, so hopefully they won’t let the apple style and design disappear….

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