Apple Photo Stream Beta Icon Hints at Possible iPhone 5 Dimensions
Apple recently released their latest Photo Stream beta and with it a possible hint at what the forthcoming iPhone 5 redesign will look like. The Photo Stream icon used to depict the iPhone in the instructions below looks quite a bit different than the current iPhone.
And here's a rendering of the Photo Stream icon based on the above dimensions.
The icon is eerily similar to iPhone 5 descriptions from rumors and renderings posted earlier this year. These rumors claimed the iPhone 5 would sport a larger screen with an elongated home button. The home button in this icon, when blown up and rendered out, doesn't appear to be any wider than the current home button, but it is shorter creating the oval appearance.
If this is in fact a correct representation of the iPhone 5 redesign many rumors, including the loss of the home button, or a smaller home button with a gesture area would appear to be false. Also, the leaked parts that have surfaced in the last few weeks would appear to be for an iPhone 4S and not an all new iPhone redesign.
Apple, from the looks of it, is planning on releasing two different phones this fall. It will be interesting to see what separates the two phones spec wise. Apple isn't in the business of cannibalizing sales and creating customer confusion between the value of two very similar products. Producing a cheaper iPhone alternative for emerging markets and lower income households means whatever big changes come for a new iPhone, they need to present a clear advantage over the cheaper alternative.