Rumor: iPhone 5 to feature edge-to-edge display

By on April 24, 2011
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Next iPhone to have a “radically” new design.

Another day, another iPhone rumor, and this time its from former Engadget editor Joshua Topolsky who’s source claims that the next iPhone will have a completely retooled hardware design.

According to the source, the iPhone 5 will look more like the iPod Touch than the iPhone 4, and may have a teardrop design that goes from thick to thin, much like the new MacBook Air.

The source also provided a rough sketch of the new design that shows a larger home button and an almost bezel-less display area. The home button will double for gestures, with the earpiece and sensors somehow fitted behind the screen.

“Furthermore, we’re hearing that the screen on the device will occupy the entire (or near to it) front of the phone, meaning almost no bezel. Our source says the company is doing very “interesting things” with bonded glass technology, and has been exploring designs where the earpiece and sensors are somehow behind the screen itself, making for a device where the display is actually edge-to-edge. Regardless, the sketch we’ve seen suggests the screen will go up to 3.7-inches while keeping the current resolution, and at that size, pixel density goes from 326 to 312 (a drop of 13ppi). That means that Apple can still tout Retina Display technology (the claim is that anything above 300ppi means the pixels aren’t distinguishable at 12 inches). Rumors have been suggesting that the size would bump up to 4 inches, but at that size with the current resolution, pixel density drops to 288, making it harder for Apple to use the RD branding.”

The Photoshop gurus at Topolsky’s site got down to business and has come with the following ‘possible’ design based on sketch provided to them. It looks rather ugly to be honest but of course, the final design from Apple will be much better.

Topolsky also hints at the possibility of wireless charging and NFC support but quickly chalks down to speculation than based on any solid evidence.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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