This mock-up iPhone would be my ideal 5th generation

Posted on by Mike Evans

I’ve learned not to take much notice of iPhone rumours. Between now and, maybe, September, we will be inundated with leaked photos and alleged details. Someone says the iPhone 5 will look just like the 4 but will be faster. Others suggest a complete revamp with a traditional aluminium back replacing the glass of the current model.

Yet despite my resolve, I couldn’t resist Joshua Topolski’s mockup of the ideal iPhone 5 on This is My Next Rumor. It looks like the iPod touch and, I confess, the iPod touch is my idea of what the iPhone should look like and feel like. I’ve often been tempted to splash out on a touch, simply because I love the design, but there’s no justification for it when you already own an iPhone. Here is the rumo(u)r according to Topolski”

“In a sketch supplied to us by a source (on which the image above is based), the home button is doing double duty as a gesture area; this falls in line with testing we’ve seen for gestures on the iPad, and our sources say that gestures are definitely coming in a future version of iOS. The home button will likely be enlarged, but not scrapped altogether. Furthermore, we’re hearing that the screen on the device will occupy the entire (or near to it) front of the phone, meaning almost no bezel. Our source says the company is doing very “interesting things” with bonded glass technology, and has been exploring designs where the earpiece and sensors are somehow behind the screen itself, making for a device where the display is actually edge-to-edge. Regardless, the sketch we’ve seen suggests the screen will go up to 3.7-inches while keeping the current resolution, and at that size, pixel density goes from 326 to 312 (a drop of 13ppi). That means that Apple can still tout Retina Display technology (the claim is that anything above 300ppi means the pixels aren’t distinguishable at 12 inches). Rumors have been suggesting that the size would bump up to 4 inches, but at that size with the current resolution, pixel density drops to 288, making it harder for Apple to use the RD branding.”

I like it, so I am wishfully thinking.

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