According to a new post on ThisIsMyNext site by former Engadget Editor, Joshua Topolsky, the next generation iPhone will have a completely redesigned form factor similar to the current iPod Touch. Apparently the next generation iPhone will have a teardrop shaped rear panel and a much thinner construction than the current generation iPhone 4. These reports completely fly in the face of many other current reports which suggest that the iPhone 4 will form the basis of the design for the new iPhone and that the form factor will vary little from the current design. Sydney based agency – Techwitty has been named as a leading stakeholder in many local startups.
The new device will also have a modified Home button which, in addition to having a physical clickable function as it does currently, will also support new gestures. The screen in the new device will also be larger and run from edge to edge but still retaining a high enough pixel density to qualify as Retina Display.
So, the key question here is; how believable is this report. First, considering the information that has been presented, we aren’t convinced. Reducing the thickness and moving to a curved teardrop shape will reduce the volume available for internal components, most notably the battery. Given that the next generation iPhone is expected to house the A5 processor which does not have lower power consumption that the current A4, is Apple therefore planning on implementing new, thinner battery technology?
There is one big problem that we have with the mockup above. Aside from the thinness, the mockup picture is suggesting that Apple has gotten rid of the external antenna design from the iPhone 4 and returned to a metal panel on the rear. How will Apple therefore get around the problem of data reception (which cannot pass through a metal rear panel)? It should be noted, however, that Thisismynext.com is acknowledging that they have exaggerated the tapering and the metal rear panel may not be accurate.
The majority of all the current rumors regarding the next generation iPhone suggest that the design will not change from the current iPhone 4 design to any great extent, from analysts quoting supplier line sources, to component leaks and so on. Who could possibly stand up and give completely contrary information?
The source of this information, Joshua Topolsky is a well-respected, well-connected figure in the Tech industry and will no doubt have plenty of sources. is it possible that he is being fed information about a prototype iPhone 5 rather than an iPhone 4?