Longer, thinner iPhone coming this autumn

With Samsung impressing with the Galaxy S3, it's now down to Apple to raise the bar with its new iPhone. It could be with a longer and thinner smartphone.

That's according to new rumours via the iLounge site. We had already heard about a complete redesign, but this latest story differs in regard to what that will entail. That previous rumour pointed to a unibody construction, but this one doesn't go with that, or indeed, with the previous 'teardrop' rumour.

The site claims the phone will still have a predominantly glass-bodied design, but the actually be both longer and thinner than the iPhone 4 and 4S. Approximate measurements are said to be 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm, which is a 10mm increase in height and nearly 2mm less thick. A flat metal panel will also be addeed to the back of the new iPhone, if these rumours prove true.

As for construction, the new iPhone is expected to be made 'partially' from Gorilla Glass 2, which can be manufactured thinner but with identical strength to the original Gorilla Glass, or at the same thickness. The change in height will include a lengthening of the prior 3.5-inch screen to roughly 4-inch diagonally (which has been previously talked about). In turn, this will change the iPhone’s aspect ratio for the first time since the original iPhone was introduced in 2007.

Apple is also said to be introducing a new Dock Connector on the new iPhone, believed to 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.

That's all for now. We're just left wondering if it could sneak out in June at the Apple WWDC. We suspect not, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.

Source: iLounge

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