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  • New Engineering Images Show iPhone 5 with Edge-to-Edge Screen


    New images coming out of China claim to be “mold engineering drawings” that point to the next iPhone version having a larger edge-to-edge screen. Images like these are often used to create cases and accessories for new Apple products before they are announced or go on sale. Design mockups can then be created and tested so new products can then be ready to go on sale as soon as Apple releases a new device.

    If these images do prove to be genuine then the iPhone 5 may not see a dramatic change in case design. Last month a purported iPhone 5 front bezel showing a larger edge-to-edge screen was discovered. The proportions of this component do not appear to be the same as the renderings discovered today, however.

    Previous rumors also point to the iPhone 5 receiving a larger screen and the latest renderings do seem to support this rumor, as well. Apple has made design changes at the last minute on more than one occasion, however.

    One image also suggests that a white iPhone 5 is also in the works. Hopefully, there won’t be the same productions delays that plagued the previous white version of the iPhone 4. If the white iPad is any indication, however, then the issues associated with manufacturing a white front seems to have been dealt with.

    Although Apple has increased the resolution of the iPhone screen over the years, they have not increase the size of the screen beyond 3.5-inches. Rival smartphones already include larger 4-inch+ screens and Apple may find that they have no choice but to follow suit. I for one, would love to see the next iPhone come with a larger screen. Hopefully, Apple will be able to find a way to include a larger screen without dramatically increasing the size of the device. As it is now, my iPhone 4 already takes up enough room in my pocket.




    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Engineering Images Show iPhone 5 with Edge-to-Edge Screen started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 66 Comments
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Same screen size, lose some weight and thickness and beef up battery life and memory! Perfect iPhone
    1. Megaorange's Avatar
      Megaorange -
      Everyone wants it to be thinner. I mean thin is great and all but theres a point where it starts getting ridiculously thin and becomes in danger of snapping. I would like it to feel solid and durable not paper thin and brittle. Thin is not always better.
    1. rashad1's Avatar
      rashad1 -
      A 4" screen is simply perfect.
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kraziebone View Post
      I would love the same size device with a larger screen. That's what I hope for.
      That's exactly what will happen....anybody hoping for something other than this will be disappointed...
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      Same screen size, lose some weight and thickness and beef up battery life and memory! Perfect iPhone
      Yes!

      I think we're the only ones tho :-(
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      I would like to see them go back to the rounded back like the 3G era phones. I thought they were way easier to handle and looked a lot better. And get rid of the glass back. Oh, and a bigger screen would be a welcome addition.
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      taking the measurement from 1 constant the home button one can get approximate size of this thing... I am too busy at work to figure this thing out plus from rough estimate the screen is too small, so I am not going to bother.
      Someone needs to work this out,

      The home button does look a little big (same screen small bod)

      :-)
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I don't see the screen size getting bigger in the same "small" package. If it does, say goodbye to battery life.

      Quote Originally Posted by Jastra View Post
      I would like to see them go back to the rounded back like the 3G era phones. I thought they were way easier to handle and looked a lot better. And get rid of the glass back. Oh, and a bigger screen would be a welcome addition.
      I bolded the part that I would be willing to bet my LIFE won't be happening.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      After using the samsung captivate (which has a 4" screen) I must say that the added real estate is something apple should do. Surfing the web or looking at pictures and videos on a 4" screen makes a noticeable difference. All 4 iPhones have had the same size screen and it's time for an upgrade.
    1. shinygerbil's Avatar
      shinygerbil -
      A larger screen, if they kept the same resolution, would probably mean a taller iPhone - you can't just make the screen wider without making it taller. I don't think the current dimensions of the iPhone 4 would be enough for an edge-to-edge screen. In particular, the home button would be nestling in a very small amount of space, uncomfortably close to the actual screen.

      And if they changed the resolution, they would be simply embarking down the long slippery slope to device fragmentation.

      So either we'll see:

      -a taller iPhone or an iPhone with markedly different physical dimensions to accommodate the larger screen

      -the same size screen but with the iPhone chassis 'shrunk' around it

      -a similar design to all previous iPhones

      I'm willing to bet we'll see the third option. Without meaning to be overly sarcastic or cynical, the folks over at Apple seem to think their word is gospel - who are we the public to tell them how big a screen we need? It would be seen as too much of a reaction to competitors' handset designs rather than a design decision for its own sake.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      Am I the only one who thinks of aspect ratio? Hello?
      No. I agree with you. I think some don't understand. Or just want a huge phone. I for one think the current screen size is good. Make the phone match the current aspect ratio an thinner. Oh and faster w/ the same batt life or better. Thanks Santa... Speed is always good.
    1. hookedonkronix's Avatar
      hookedonkronix -
      I think a 4" display would be awesome...until next year when it becomes boring and all the Android divices go up to 5". I'm glad they're sticking with the same case design. It is still the best looking phone IMHO.

      If Apple wants to keep the same aspect ratio, they will not be able to fit a 4" display in same casing. The highest they can go is 3.7". According to those photos, the display ratio looks the same. So the next model will have either the same 3.5" display in a smaller form, 3.7" display in the current form, or 4" display in a larger form.
    1. Oblitronix's Avatar
      Oblitronix -
      I will just buy an iPad 2, If I really want a bigger screen. I like the design of iPhone 4 right now. My thoughts that they should concentrate on adding those tweaks like the photoalbums
    1. Slimz's Avatar
      Slimz -
      I really hope it doesn't get a bigger screen. Bigger screen = bigger device. I have my phone at work in my pocket all day, and it's big enough.
    1. Luigi453's Avatar
      Luigi453 -
      Am I the only one that wants the slide keyboard?
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luigi453 View Post
      Am I the only one that wants the slide keyboard?
      Yes....
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      To the person talking about a 5" screen, do you realize just how big that is? Take a look at the Dell streak way too big for a phone. I bought one for my dad and it's just way too big. Like mentioned above it's the aspect ratio going bigger will cause headaches for dev unless the keep the same resolution, but then say bye bye to retina display. I'd like to see the a9 with a gig of memory in the same design as the 4. Just my opinion.
    1. suicidesam's Avatar
      suicidesam -
      no slide out keyboard please
    1. mbeezy81's Avatar
      mbeezy81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by norfskate View Post
      I really hope this is just the same size screen with a smaller body.

      Not a same size body with a bigger screen!
      What?? A same size body with a bigger screen would be perfect.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I'd rather have a bigger phone with a bigger screen than the same size screen on a smaller phone.