Another day, another iPhone 5 rumor. If the latest reports are true, Apple’s next iPhone will be considerably thinner and somewhat wider than the current model.
Italian blog MacityNet posted an extensive set of photos of a purported iPhone 5 case. The photographs show the current iPhone 4 as well as the fourth generation iPod touch in the new case.
Case makers are frequent sources for Apple rumors, but their track record is far from perfect. Case manufacturers often make prototypes of their best guesses for future Apple product dimensions. More often than not, those uninformed prototypes are what find their way to the press.
Still, looking at this case design in comparison to the current model is fascinating. This design indicates that the next iPhone would be styled more after the iPod touch than the iPhone 4. The tapered edges and curved back also align with the iPad 2.
Most interesting is the width of the device. It is wider and taller than its predecessor, which could mean that Apple is increasing its screen size for the next unit. The current iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch screen. This is perfect for a pocket — especially if you are small in stature, like me — but the trend with smartphones in the past 18 months has been to release phones with larger and larger screens.
I’ll go on record as saying I still think a 4-inch screen is too large, and don’t even get me started on the 4.5-inch beasts. But perhaps Apple could compromise at 3.7-inch or 3.75-inch.
What do you think of these photos? Would you like a thinner, albeit wider, iPhone? Let us know in the comments.