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Next iPhone Will Be Taller & Thinner Than Current iPhone with New Dock Connector

Whether you like it or not, Apple's follow-up to the iPhone 4S, the 6th generation iPhone or iPhone 5, will end up as one of the top smartphones of 2012. But at this point, there is no concrete information with regards to the specifications of the device, or even what it is going to be called. Is it going to be called the "iPhone 5" or "iPhone 6" or perhaps the "new iPhone"? We are at this point in time when the iPhone rumor mill is at full motion. Now, a new report indicates regarding new details about the next-gen iPhone.

Next iPhone 5 Measurements
The report came straight from iLounge claiming that they have new details for the new upcoming iPhone. The report indicates that Apple will be abandoning the "teardrop" design which was long-rumored since last year in favor of a glass-bodied form. iLounge learned that the next iPhone is going to sport a longer and thinner form factor than the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The estimated measurements are 125mm by 58.5mm by 7.4mm. If this is indeed accurate, then the next iPhone will be taller by 10mm, 2mm thinner and with roughly the same width.

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.

Next iPhone 5 Dimensions
According to the website's source, the rear casing of the upcoming iPhone will also undergo a major change. Allegedly, the new iPhone will sport a metal panel on its central back. This panel will be absolutely flat and made of glass, not curved and ceramic. In addition to that, the new iPhone design is going to be graced by Gorilla Glass 2 which can be manufactured thinner but will feature the same reliable protection with the iPhone's Gorilla Glass. Because the iPhone won't change width-wise, Apple might also change the new iPhone's aspect ratio for the first time, with additional pixels to be placed at the top and bottom of the screen. This will obviously lead to app fragmentation which could mean more work for the developers.

Apple will also allegedly introduce a new Dock Connector for the next 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.

Next iPhone 5 New Dock Connector
A bigger screen is a feature that is being constantly asked by iPhone fans. Will Apple really introduce a new, redesigned iPhone 5 this year? [via iLounge]

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